Year In Review : 1907 National 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.

"The way to get a ball past Honus (Wagner) is to hit it eight feet over his head." - John McGraw
1907 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Cincinnati

83

Philadelphia

Batting Average

Pittsburgh

.350

Doubles

Pittsburgh

38

Hits

Boston

187

Home Runs

Boston

10

On Base Percentage

Pittsburgh

.408

RBI

Philadelphia

85

Runs

New York

104

Slugging Average

Pittsburgh

.513

Stolen Bases

Pittsburgh

61

Total Bases

Pittsburgh

264

Triples

Brooklyn

16

Cincinnati

1907 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

St. Louis

33

ERA

Chicago

1.15

Games

New York

47

Saves

New York

4

Shutouts

New York

8

Chicago

Strikeouts

New York

178

Winning Percentage

Chicago

.810

Wins

New York

24

1907 National League

Team Standings

Chicago Cubs

107 45 3 .704 0

Pittsburgh Pirates

91 63 3 .591 17

Philadelphia Phillies

83 64 2 .565

New York Giants

82 71 2 .536 25½

Brooklyn Superbas

65 83 5 .439 40

Cincinnati Reds

66 87 3 .431 41½

Boston Doves

58 90 4 .392 47

St. Louis Cardinals

52 101 2 .340 55½

1907 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

New York

516

Batting Average

Pittsburgh

.254

Doubles

Chicago

162

Philadelphia

Hits

Pittsburgh

1,261

Home Runs

New York

23

On Base Percentage

New York

.331

Runs

Pittsburgh

634

Slugging Average

Pittsburgh

.324

Stolen Bases

Pittsburgh

264

Triples

Cincinnati

90

1907 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

St. Louis

127

ERA

Chicago

1.73

Fewest Hits Allowed

Chicago

1,054

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Chicago

11

Fewest Walks Allowed

Pittsburgh

368

Saves

New York

13

Shutouts

Chicago

32

Strikeouts

New York

655



In 1906, Red Dooin of Philadelphia wore a set of paper-mache shin guards while catching a game. On April 11, 1907, Roger Bresnahan of New York wore the first set of standard shin guards behind the plate.

On June 19, 1907, Miller Huggins of Cincinnati hit a leadoff home run against Christy Mathewson . The fans were so excited they gave Huggins chocalates, a pin, a watch, and a Morris Chair.

On August 11, 1907, Ed Karger of St. Louis started the second end of a doubleheader versus Boston. The game was pre-set at seven innings and Karger became the first pitcher to hurl a perfect game that was less than the common nine-inning variation.

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