YEAR IN REVIEW : 1907 American League

Off the field...

In November, Oklahoma became the forty-sixth state admitted to the union. Originally set aside as Indian Territory in 1834, the region was later divided into both the Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory in 1890. Known primarily as an oil rich state, Oklahoma's vast plains produce bumper yields of wheat, as well as large crops of hay, cotton, and peanuts. Livestock products also contribute more than half of Oklahoma's annual farm receipts.

In the American League...

Popular Boston Americans outfielder / manager Chick Stahl committed suicide while traveling with the team in West Baden Springs, Indiana. A note left behind stated: "Boys, I just couldn't help it. You drove me to it." Cy Young reluctantly agreed to start the season as an interim replacement manager and was followed by two other skippers during the year, George Huff and Bob Unglaub.

Chicago White Sox pitcher Ed Walsh tallied eleven assists and two putouts during a 1-0 win over the St. Louis Browns on April 19 th . His total of thirteen chances tied the franchise mark set by Nick Altrock during the 1904 season. Later in July, Walsh set another Major League record for fielding chances for pitchers, handling twelve assists and three putouts in a thirteen-inning game.

On June 28 th , the last place Washington Nationals stole a Major League record thirteen bases off of injured New York Yankees catcher Branch Rickey. An injury to starter Red Kleinow forced Rickey into premature service and he was unable to throw accurately to his baseman.

In the National League...

A riot broke out during a July 8 th , Chicago Cubs - Brooklyn Dodgers game after Cubs manager Frank Chance, who was being pelted with empty bottles, threw one back into the crowd hitting a young boy. After losing 5-0, the angry New York crowd rushed from the stands forcing Chance to escape Washington Park III in an armored car with a police escort.

At the West Side Grounds on September 14 th , the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds collected twenty-nine combined hits, ALL of which were singles.

On May 8 th , Philadelphia Phillies rookie George McQuillan made his Major League debut in relief of starter Tully Sparks and McQuillan did not allow any runs to score during his brief debut. On September 22 nd , he tossed a six-inning, 2-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in his first start. The relief and end of season appearance started a record string of twenty-five consecutive shutout innings at the beginning of his Major League career. McQuillan went on to finish the season 4-0 (with three shut outs), and went on to win twenty-three games the following season.

Around the league...

The Cleveland Indians became the first team to institute team wide insurance policies after taking out $100,000 of coverage to insure its players against possible injury in railroad accidents.

Cincinnati Reds' manager Ned Hanlon, one of the originals whose managing days began in 1889 at Pittsburgh, announced his retirement ending a career that boasted five Major League pennants (four Baltimore, one Brooklyn).

The Washington Post reported that St. Louis Browns shortstop Bobby Wallace was the highest paid major league player with a yearly salary of $6,500.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"Boys, I just couldn't help it. It (drugs) drove me to it." - Chick Stahl (Last spoken words & news at the time said he and his wife were drug addicts - source: The Cultural Encyclopedia of Baseball)

1907 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Philadelphia
106
Detroit
.350
Philadelphia
35
Detroit
212
Philadelphia
8
Philadelphia
.405
Detroit
119
Detroit
102
Detroit
.468
Detroit
49
Detroit
283
Cleveland
18

1907 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Chicago
37
Chicago
1.60
Chicago
56
Philadelphia
4
St. Louis
Washington
Chicago
Philadelphia
8
Philadelphia
232
Detroit
.862
Cleveland
27
Chicago

1907 American League

Team Standings

Detroit Tigers 92 58 .613 0
Philadelphia Athletics 88 57 .607
Chicago White Sox 87 64 .576
Cleveland Naps 85 67 .559 8
New York Highlanders 70 78 .473 21
St. Louis Browns 69 83 .454 24
Boston Americans 59 90 .396 32½
Washington Senators 49 102 .325 43½

1907 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Chicago
421
Detroit
.266
Philadelphia
220
Detroit
1,383
Philadelphia
22
Detroit
.313
Detroit
694
Detroit
.335
Washington
223
Detroit
75

1907 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

St. Louis
129
Chicago
2.22
Fewest Hits Allowed
Philadelphia
1,106
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Cleveland
8
Detroit
Fewest Walks Allowed
Chicago
305
Chicago
9
St. Louis
Philadelphia
27
Philadelphia
789
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Weird ballpark stories? How about the flagpole breaking on the 14th of May as the White Sox were raising their 1906 pennant in South Side Park.

On June 28, 1907, Branch Rickey was behind the plate for the New York Highlanders . Washington stole a record thirteen bases off the future hall of famer who did not play another game at catcher during the entire season.

On August 2, 1907, future hall of famer Walter Johnson made his major league debut and lost 3-2. The first hit off the future 300 Wins Club member was by Ty Cobb - a bunt single.

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