Year In Review : 1911 National 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.

"I give Charlie Faust full credit for winning the pennant for me - the National League pennant of 1911." - New York Giants' manager John McGraw
1911 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Chicago

147

Batting Average

Pittsburgh

.334

Doubles

St. Louis

38

Hits

Boston

192

Home Runs

Chicago

21

On Base Percentage

Chicago

.434

RBI

Chicago

107

Pittsburgh

Runs

Chicago

121

Slugging Average

Chicago

.534

Stolen Bases

Cincinnati

81

Total Bases

Chicago

308

Triples

New York

25

1911 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Philadelphia

31

ERA

New York

1.99

Games

Chicago

53

Saves

Chicago

13

Shutouts

Philadelphia

7

Strikeouts

New York

237

Winning Percentage

New York

.774

Wins

Philadelphia

28

1911 National League

Team Standings

New York Giants

99 54 .647 0

Chicago Cubs

92 62 .597

Pittsburgh Pirates

85 69 .552 14½

Philadelphia Phillies

79 73 .520 19½

St. Louis Cardinals

75 74 .503 22

Cincinnati Reds

70 83 .458 29

Brooklyn Dodgers

64 86 .427 33½

Boston Rustlers

44 107 .291 54

1911 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

St. Louis

592

Batting Average

New York

.279

Doubles

Boston

249

Hits

Boston

1,417

Home Runs

Philadelphia

60

On Base Percentage

New York

.358

Runs

Chicago

757

Slugging Average

New York

.390

Stolen Bases

New York

347

Triples

Pittsburgh

106

1911 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

New York

95

ERA

New York

2.70

Fewest Hits Allowed

Pittsburgh

1,249

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Chicago

26

Fewest Walks Allowed

New York

369

Saves

Chicago

16

Shutouts

Philadelphia

20

Strikeouts

New York

771



On July 10, 1911, the first "possible" ejection with a fan took place (it was in Philadelphia and the Cubs were in town) when umpire Bill Klem reportedly told the fan, "Sir, you did not buy that seat to insult ballplayers." The fan replied, "Go ump the game you big fat-head!" and Klem quietly responded, "You are gone now my friend. Officer, throw that man out."

Did you know that during the 1911 season Chicago Cubs' secondbaseman and future hall of famer Johnny Evers suffered a nervous breakdown and only appeared in 46 Major League games.

On October 4, 1911, Christy Mathewson tossed a shutout against the Dodgers and clinched the National League pennant for the Giants. After the game Larry Doyle told the media, "Damn it's great to be young and a New York Giant!"

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