YEAR IN REVIEW : 1912 National 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

"Call it Ebbets Field Charlie (Ebbets). You put yourself into hock to build it and it's your monument." - Comment at groundbreaking ceremony on March 4, 1912

1912 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Chicago
122
Chicago
.372
Chicago
41
Chicago
207
Chicago
14
Chicago
.431
Pittsburgh
102
Cincinnati
120
Chicago
.571
Cincinnati
67
Chicago
318
Pittsburgh
36

1912 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Chicago
28
New York
1.96
Cincinnati
50
St. Louis
6
Pittsburgh
6
Brooklyn
Philadelphia
195
Pittsburgh
.727
Chicago
26
New York

1912 National League

Team Standings

New York Giants 103 48 .682 0
Pittsburgh Pirates 93 58 .616 10
Chicago Cubs 91 59 .607 11½
Cincinnati Reds 75 78 .490 29
Philadelphia Phillies 73 79 .480 30½
St. Louis Cardinals 63 90 .412 41
Brooklyn Superbas 58 95 .379 46
Boston Braves 52 101 .340 52

1912 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Chicago
560
New York
.286
Chicago
245
Pittsburgh
1,493
New York
47
New York
.360
New York
823
Pittsburgh
.398
New York
319
Pittsburgh
129

1912 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Pittsburgh
94
New York
2.59
Fewest Hits Allowed
New York
1,268
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Cincinnati
28
Pittsburgh
Fewest Walks Allowed
New York
338
New York
16
Pittsburgh
18
Pittsburgh
664
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On April 12, 1912, the legendary Chicago Cubs trio Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance played in their final game together.

On June 13, 1912, Christy Mathewson became the seventh Major League pitcher to hurl his way onto the 300 Wins Club when he defeated the Cubs 3-2.

On July 8, 1912, Rube Marquard of the Giants lost to the Cubs 7-2 ending his record tieing streak of consecutive wins by a pitcher at nineteen.

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