YEAR IN REVIEW : 1907 National 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

"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
Pittsburgh
.350
Pittsburgh
38
Boston
187
Boston
10
Pittsburgh
.408
Philadelphia
85
New York
104
Pittsburgh
.513
Pittsburgh
61
Pittsburgh
264
Brooklyn
16
Cincinnati

1907 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

St. Louis
33
Chicago
1.15
New York
47
New York
4
New York
8
Chicago
New York
178
Chicago
.810
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 21½
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

New York
516
Pittsburgh
.254
Chicago
162
Philadelphia
Pittsburgh
1,261
New York
23
New York
.331
Pittsburgh
634
Pittsburgh
.324
Pittsburgh
264
Cincinnati
90

1907 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

St. Louis
127
Chicago
1.73
Fewest Hits Allowed
Chicago
1,054
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Chicago
11
Fewest Walks Allowed
Pittsburgh
368
New York
13
Chicago
32
New York
655
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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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