YEAR IN REVIEW : 1906 American League

Off the field...

More than five-hundred people were killed during the great San Francisco earthquake, which struck the "City by the Bay" on the morning of April 18 at 5:15 AM. Modern analysis estimated the tremors to register at an 8.25 on the Richter scale (By comparison, the quake that hit San Francisco on October 17, 1989 registered 6.7). The greatest destruction came from the fires that were ignited and the ensuing inferno ravaged the city for three days before burning out. In the end, the maelstrom destroyed four-hundred ninety city blocks, a total of 25,000 buildings and rendered over 250,000 residents homeless. Damage estimates topped $350,000,000.

In the American League...

The New York ban on Sunday baseball was temporarily lifted on April 29 th as the Highlanders and Philadelphia Athletics played a benefit game for the victims of the San Francisco earthquake, raising $5,600.

St. Louis Browns first baseman Tom Jones recorded an American League record twenty-two putouts on May 11 th against the Boston Red Sox. New York Highlander Hal Chase tied the record four months later (September 21), but would not be matched himself until Yankee captain Don Mattingly duplicated the effort during a 7-1 win over the Minnesota Twins in June of 1987.

In August, the Boston Americans set an unwanted Major League record after suffering four straight shutout losses (0-3 on August 2; 0-4 on August 3; 0-1 on August 4 and 0-4 on August 6).

In the National League...

On April 12 th , Boston Braves outfielder Johnny Bates became the first modern player to hit a home run in his first Major League at bat. The inaugural round tripper came courtesy of Dodger Harry McIntire who lost twenty games or more in three seasons with Brooklyn's miserable turn-of-the-century teams.

New York Giants pitcher Hooks Wilste became the first pitcher of the modern era to strike out four batters in a single inning (after a third-strike error) en route to a twelve-K, 4-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. He also fanned the side in the fourth inning for a total of seven batters struck out in just two innings for the first and only time in Major League history.

On October 4 th , the Cubs recorded their one-hundred sixteenth victory of the year. The 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates gave Chicago a 60-15-road record with a .800 percentage mark that has never been equaled. They also became the first team to finish with fewer than two-hundred errors and their pitching staff combined for a league-leading 1.76 ERA.

Around the League...

In an effort to curb accusations and/or suspicions of tampering, a new rule was set putting the umpire in sole charge of all game balls. (The home team manager previously had some say as to when a new ball was introduced).

Harry Pulliam was unanimously re-elected president of the National League with an increased salary of $10,000. The American League increased Ban Johnson's salary to $15,000 for the remaining four years of his contract.

Hank O'Day, a National League umpire unsuccessfully proposed that the batter's box be outlined with white rubber strips (rather than chalk) to prevent batters from erasing them with their spikes.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"An aggressive, confident and cocky second baseman, he (Eddie Collins) was also an outstanding baserunner." - National Baseball Hall of Fame

1906 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Philadelphia
88
St. Louis
.358
Cleveland
48
Cleveland
214
Philadelphia
12
St. Louis
.417
Philadelphia
96
Cleveland
98
St. Louis
.501
Washington
39
Cleveland
St. Louis
291
Cleveland
22

1906 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

New York
36
Chicago
1.52
New York
49
Philadelphia
3
Cleveland
Chicago
10
Philadelphia
196
Philadelphia
.760
New York
26

1906 American League

Team Standings

Chicago White Sox 93 58 .616 0
New York Highlanders 90 61 .596 3
Cleveland Naps 89 64 .582 5
Philadelphia Athletics 78 67 .538 12
St. Louis Browns 76 73 .510 16
Detroit Tigers 71 78 .477 21
Washington Senators 55 95 .367 37½
Boston Americans 49 105 .318 45½

1906 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Chicago
453
Cleveland
.279
Cleveland
240
Cleveland
1,514
Philadelphia
32
Cleveland
.325
Cleveland
663
Cleveland
.357
Washington
233
New York
77

1906 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Cleveland
133
St. Louis
Cleveland
2.09
Fewest Hits Allowed
St. Louis
1,132
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Philadelphia
9
Fewest Walks Allowed
Chicago
255
Boston
6
Chicago
32
Philadelphia
749
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baseball almanac fast facts

On August 3, 1906, Tom Hughes hit a game winning home run in the tenth inning and became the first pitcher to win an extra inning game with his own long ball.

On August 30, 1906, Slow Joe Doyle of the New York Highlanders shutout Washington 5-0 in his second start. He finished his Major League career with twenty-three wins and will always be remembered as the first pitcher to toss two consecutive shutouts during his two first starts.

On September 17, 1906, future hall of famer Eddie Collins made his Major League debut and had one hit off Ed Walsh . However, did you know that he played this game under the last name Sullivan to preserve his college eligibility at Columbia University?

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