Year In Review : 1907 American League

O ff 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.

I n 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.

I n 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.

A round 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.

"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

Base on Balls

Philadelphia

106

Batting Average

Detroit

.350

Doubles

Philadelphia

35

Hits

Detroit

212

Home Runs

Philadelphia

8

On Base Percentage

Philadelphia

.405

RBI

Detroit

119

Runs

Detroit

102

Slugging Average

Detroit

.468

Stolen Bases

Detroit

49

Total Bases

Detroit

283

Triples

Cleveland

18

1907 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Chicago

37

ERA

Chicago

1.60

Games

Chicago

56

Saves

Philadelphia

4

St. Louis

Washington

Chicago

Shutouts

Philadelphia

8

Strikeouts

Philadelphia

232

Winning Percentage

Detroit

.862

Wins

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

Base on Balls

Chicago

421

Batting Average

Detroit

.266

Doubles

Philadelphia

220

Hits

Detroit

1,383

Home Runs

Philadelphia

22

On Base Percentage

Detroit

.313

Runs

Detroit

694

Slugging Average

Detroit

.335

Stolen Bases

Washington

223

Triples

Detroit

75

1907 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

St. Louis

129

ERA

Chicago

2.22

Fewest Hits Allowed

Philadelphia

1,106

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Cleveland

8

Detroit

Fewest Walks Allowed

Chicago

305

Saves

Chicago

9

St. Louis

Shutouts

Philadelphia

27

Strikeouts

Philadelphia

789



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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