YEAR IN REVIEW : 1912 American League

Off the field...

American journalist and publisher, William Randolph Hearst began to acquire his media empire that would eventually include eighteen newspapers and nine magazines within two decades. A flamboyant and highly controversial figure, Hearst was nonetheless an extremely competent newspaperman who quickly became one of the wealthiest men in the world. His castle at San Simeon, California, won fame for its immense art collections and is still considered one of the largest houses in the United States. The property was later presented to the state as a museum after Hearst's death.

In the American League...

While playing the Boston Red Sox in their opener at New York's Hilltop Park, the New York Highlanders debuted their "soon-to-be" trademark pinstripes.

One of baseball's original cathedrals, Boston's Fenway Park, (built at a cost of $350,000) was formally dedicated as the visiting White Sox beat the Red pair 5-2 before a capacity crowd.

On August 11 th , Joe Jackson of the Cleveland Indians became only the second American League player ever to steal home twice in a single game. Jackson first stole home in the first, then went on to thieve second, third and home in the seventh.

In the National League...

The St. Louis Cardinals set a Major League record on April 16 th after embarrassing the Chicago Cubs with a 20-5 massacre at Robison Field (The mark would stand until 1922).

The St. Louis Cardinals also ended the New York Giants consecutive winning streak at fourteen after a 5-1 effort on May 31 st . The Giants incredible start of 43-11 remained the best of the century and stood unmatched until 1939 when the New York Yankees tied the mark.

In response to the demand for an alternative way to statistically rate pitchers, the National League elected to officially score the Earned Run Average for the first time. Jeff Tesreau of the New York Giants went on to lead the new category with a 1.96 ERA.

Around the League...

In an effort to eliminate the possibility of home team's ball boys influencing which ones are used for each team's turn at bat, the National League installed small boxes near home plate to supply the umpires directly.

In New York, the Giants and Highlanders met at the Polo Grounds to play an unscheduled charity game to raise money for the survivors of the Titanic (which had sunk three days earlier, April 14 th ). The Giants prevailed 11-2.

As a gag, Western Union telegraph operator Lou Proctor entered his name as a pinch hitter into the St. Louis Browns — Boston Red Sox box score (with no hits in one at bat). Initially, the forgery was not noticed and appeared both as a published box score in The Sporting News and in the first editions of The Baseball Encyclopedia.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"One of them (the Tigers replacement players [see fast facts]) was Joe Maharg, a name when read backwards gives the real name Graham, a gambler and preliminary fighter who later was a go-between in the Black Sox scandal." - Historian Fred Lieb

1912 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Detroit
117
Detroit
.409
Boston
53
Hits
Detroit
226
Cleveland
Philadelphia
10
Boston
Boston
.464
Philadelphia
130
Philadelphia
137
Detroit
.584
Washington
88
Cleveland
331
Cleveland
26

1912 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Boston
35
Washington
1.39
Chicago
62
Chicago
10
Boston
10
Washington
303
Boston
.872
Boston
34

1912 American League

Team Standings

Boston Red Sox 105 47 .691 0
Washington Senators 91 61 .599 14
Philadelphia Athletics 90 62 .592 15
Chicago White Sox 78 76 .506 28
Cleveland Naps 75 78 .490 30½
Detroit Tigers 69 84 .451 36½
St. Louis Browns 53 101 .344 53
New York Highlanders 50 102 .329 55

1912 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Boston
565
Philadelphia
.282
Boston
269
Philadelphia
1,442
Boston
29
Boston
.355
Boston
799
Boston
.380
Washington
274
Philadelphia
108

1912 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Boston
108
Washington
2.69
Fewest Hits Allowed
Washington
1,219
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Philadelphia
12
Fewest Walks Allowed
Boston
385
Chicago
16
Boston
18
Washington
828
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Did you know that on April 26, 1912, Hugh Bradley of Boston became the first player to hit a home run over the left field wall in Fenway Park?

On May 18, 1912, Ty Cobb served the first day of his suspension. The Tigers protested by striking and an entire team of replacement players took the field against the Athletics, losing 24-2. The starting lineup was: Billy Maharg (third base), Bill Leinhauser (outfielder), Dan McGarvey (outfielder), Jim McGarr (second base), Deacon McGuire (catcher), Pat Meaney (shortstop), Joe Sugden (first base), Allen Travers (pitcher), and Hap Ward (outfielder).

On July 4, 1912, George Mullin celebrated his thirty-second birthday on Independence Day. The Tigers pitcher took the mound on fire and threw a 7-0 no-hitter versus the St. Louis Browns. However, did you know that Ty Cobb stole the show when he successfully stole second base, third base, and home plate during the fifth inning (it was his twenty-second steal of home plate ).

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