Year In Review : 1912 National League

O ff 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.

I n 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.

I n 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.

A round 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.

"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

Base on Balls

Chicago

122

Batting Average

Chicago

.372

Doubles

Chicago

41

Hits

Chicago

207

Home Runs

Chicago

14

On Base Percentage

Chicago

.431

RBI

Pittsburgh

102

Runs

Cincinnati

120

Slugging Average

Chicago

.571

Stolen Bases

Cincinnati

67

Total Bases

Chicago

318

Triples

Pittsburgh

36

1912 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Chicago

28

ERA

New York

1.96

Games

Cincinnati

50

Saves

St. Louis

6

Shutouts

Pittsburgh

6

Brooklyn

Strikeouts

Philadelphia

195

Winning Percentage

Pittsburgh

.727

Wins

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 Dodgers

58 95 .379 46

Boston Braves

52 101 .340 52

1912 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Chicago

560

Batting Average

New York

.286

Doubles

Chicago

245

Hits

Pittsburgh

1,493

Home Runs

New York

47

On Base Percentage

New York

.360

Runs

New York

823

Slugging Average

Pittsburgh

.398

Stolen Bases

New York

319

Triples

Pittsburgh

129

1912 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Pittsburgh

94

ERA

New York

2.59

Fewest Hits Allowed

New York

1,268

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Cincinnati

28

Pittsburgh

Fewest Walks Allowed

New York

338

Saves

New York

16

Shutouts

Pittsburgh

18

Strikeouts

Pittsburgh

664



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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