Year In Review : 1906 American League

O ff 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.

I n 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).

I n 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.

A round 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.

"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

Base on Balls

Philadelphia

88

Batting Average

St. Louis

.358

Doubles

Cleveland

48

Hits

Cleveland

214

Home Runs

Philadelphia

12

On Base Percentage

St. Louis

.417

RBI

Philadelphia

96

Runs

Cleveland

98

Slugging Average

St. Louis

.501

Stolen Bases

Washington

39

Cleveland

Total Bases

St. Louis

291

Triples

Cleveland

22

1906 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

New York

36

ERA

Chicago

1.52

Games

New York

49

Saves

Philadelphia

3

Cleveland

Shutouts

Chicago

10

Strikeouts

Philadelphia

196

Winning Percentage

Philadelphia

.760

Wins

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

Boston Americans

49 105 .318 45½

1906 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Chicago

453

Batting Average

Cleveland

.279

Doubles

Cleveland

240

Hits

Cleveland

1,514

Home Runs

Philadelphia

32

On Base Percentage

Cleveland

.325

Runs

Cleveland

663

Slugging Average

Cleveland

.357

Stolen Bases

Washington

233

Triples

New York

77

1906 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Cleveland

133

St. Louis

ERA

Cleveland

2.09

Fewest Hits Allowed

St. Louis

1,132

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Philadelphia

9

Fewest Walks Allowed

Chicago

255

Saves

Boston

6

Shutouts

Chicago

32

Strikeouts

Philadelphia

749



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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