Year In Review : 1911 American League

O ff the field...

On March 25 th , the worst factory fire in the history of New York City occurred after the Triangle Shirtwaist Company burned down. The horrific incident had an even greater significance as it revealed the inhumane working conditions to which industrial workers were subjected. Employees at the factory consisted mostly of poor Jewish immigrants between the ages of thirteen and twenty-three and to keep the women at their sewing machines, the proprietors locked the doors leading to the exits. After a fire broke out on the eighth floor, many panicking workers rushed to the stairs, the freight elevator, and the fire escape. Dozens on the ninth floor died, unable to force open the locked door to the exit and the rear fire escape collapsed, killing many and eliminating an escape route for others. Although Pump Engine Company 20 and Ladder Company 20 arrived quickly (along with four other companies) the bodies of victims who had jumped hindered them from entering the building. In the end, a total of one-hundred forty-six women died in less than fifteen minutes bringing to the attention of the nation a need for more humane and safe working conditions in America's factories.

I n the American League...

On June 18 th

On September 28 th , several hundred fans witnessed what is considered to be one of the worst contests in American League history as the New York Yankees and St. Louis Browns combined to accumulate twenty-nine hits, twenty walks, twelve errors and fifteen stolen bases en route to an 18-12 (NY) final.

I n the National League...

On May 22 nd , Boston Braves pitcher Cliff Curtis set a Major League record by recording his twenty-third consecutive loss (beginning on June 13, 1910) with a 3-1 deficit against the St, Louis Cardinals.

By early September, Frank Schulte had hit his twenty-first home run and his one-hundred twenty-first run batted in. He later completed the season leading the National League in both categories and also became the first player to have more than twenty doubles, twenty triples, and twenty home runs in a single season.

Philadelphia Phillies ace Grover Alexander dominated the month of September after tossing complete game shutouts on the 7 th , 13 th , 17 th and 21 st .

A round the league...

The idea of selecting a Most Valuable Player was introduced after automobile maker Hugh Chalmers offered a brand new car to the MVP in each league to be chosen by a select committee of baseball writers.

The Pennsylvania Railroad set a speed record on May 29 th after transporting the Chicago Cubs one-hundred ninety-one miles from Columbus, Ohio, to Pittsburgh in two-hundred fifteen minutes. After arriving at the game, the Cubs showed some speed of their own and beat the Pirates 4-1.

The Federal Express of the Hartford Railroad (carrying the St. Louis Cardinals to Boston) plunged down an eighteen-foot embankment outside Bridgeport, Connecticut, killing fourteen passengers. Fortunately, no players were injured, and each helped to remove bodies and rescue the injured.

"The making or amassing of money was not part of Ban Johnson's life. He lived for the American League and the game of baseball." - Branch Rickey
1911 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Detroit

98

Batting Average

Detroit

.420

Doubles

Detroit

47

Hits

Detroit

248

Home Runs

Philadelphia

11

On Base Percentage

Cleveland

.468

RBI

Detroit

127

Runs

Detroit

147

Slugging Average

Detroit

.621

Stolen Bases

Detroit

83

Total Bases

Detroit

367

Triples

Detroit

24

1911 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Washington

36

ERA

Cleveland

1.80

Games

Chicago

56

Saves

Boston

4

Philadelphia

Chicago

Shutouts

Philadelphia

6

Washington

Strikeouts

Chicago

255

Winning Percentage

Philadelphia

.773

Wins

Philadelphia

28

1911 American League

Team Standings

Philadelphia Athletics

101 50 .669 0

Detroit Tigers

89 65 .578 13½

Cleveland Naps

80 73 .523 22

Chicago White Sox

77 74 .510 24

Boston Red Sox

78 75 .510 24

New York Highlanders

76 76 .500 25½

Washington Senators

64 90 .416 38½

St. Louis Browns

45 107 .296 56½

1911 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Boston

506

Batting Average

Philadelphia

.296

Doubles

Cleveland

238

Hits

Detroit

1,544

Home Runs

Boston

35

Philadelphia

On Base Percentage

Philadelphia

.357

Runs

Philadelphia

861

Slugging Average

Philadelphia

.398

Stolen Bases

Detroit

276

Triples

Detroit

96

New York

1911 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Detroit

108

ERA

Boston

2.74

Fewest Hits Allowed

Boston

1,309

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Cleveland

17

Philadelphia

Fewest Walks Allowed

Chicago

384

Saves

Philadelphia

13

Shutouts

Chicago

17

Strikeouts

Chicago

752



On May 13, 1911, Ty Cobb of Detroit hit the first grand slam of his Major League career. However, the game went into extra innings where a grand slam by Duffy Lewis of Boston put the Red Sox into the win column 13-11.

Did you know that on July 24, 1911, an American League all-star squad; which included Hal Chase , Walter Johnson and Smoky Joe Wood , played the Cleveland Naps in a charity game to raise money for the widow of Addie Joss?

Two future hall of famers tossed no-hitters in 1911. The first pitched for the Red Sox and lost a no-hitter the ninth inning during his previous start. The second pitched for the White Sox and came withone walk of a gem. Do you know who these two legends were?

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