Year In Review : 1913 American League

O ff the field...

The Sixteenth Amendment to the Constitution (for income tax) was adopted stating that: "Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration."

One of the most important exhibitions of art ever held in the United States, "The Armory Show" aroused the curiosity of the public and helped to change the direction of American painting. An estimated 1,600 works including paintings representing many avant-garde movements from Europe were revealed to mixed reviews. Duchamp's "Nude Descending a Staircase" was singled out by the hostile critics as a prime example of the "degeneracy" of the new art. Later, many of the same paintings would become modern masterpieces commanding millions of dollars in value.

I n the American League...

The New York Yankees became the first team to practice outside the United States after they traveled to Bermuda for spring training.

On May 14 th , Walter "The Big Train" Johnson topped Jack Coombs with a record of fifty-six straight scoreless innings as his Washington Senators beat the St. Louis Browns 10-5 at Sportsman's Park III.

The Boston Red Sox set a Major League record for frustration on July 3 rd after totaling fifteen hits off the Washington Senators' Walter Johnson during a 1-0 shutout.

I n the National League...

Philadelphia Phillies ace Erskine Mayer set an unwanted National League mark on August 18 th after surrendering nine consecutive hits to the Chicago Cubs (all in the ninth-inning) en route to a 10-4 loss. The following day, teammate Grover Cleveland Alexander matched the unfortunate effort.

In September, Pittsburgh Pirate Honus Wagner was presented with a commemorative bat carved from a piece of wood taken from naval hero Oliver Perry's flagship Niagara (which had sunk in Lake Erie one-hundred years before). Wagner had been the first player ever to have his signature scrawled on a Louisville Slugger (1905).

A round the league...

American League President Ban Johnson and Detroit Tigers President Frank Navin both voiced complaints on the extensive length of the games, which were taking up to two hours to play. Both blamed several rules and regulations including the location of the "coachers boxes" and proposed that they be moved back so that the catcher could relay the pitcher his signals more quickly.

After ruling that a ballplayer on the field was considered a "public person," a New York judge tossed out several cases (brought by both New York and Boston players) against a motion picture company that had apparently taken film of the 1912 World Series.

In December, The Sporting News reported that fifteen men (none well known) had died from various baseball-inflicted injuries during the 1913 season, according to a list compiled by J.R. Vickery of Chicago.

"How do they know what (Walter) Johnson's got? Nobody's seen it yet." - Grantland Rice
1913 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

St. Louis

99

Batting Average

Detroit

.390

Doubles

Cleveland

39

Hits

Cleveland

197

Home Runs

Philadelphia

12

On Base Percentage

Detroit

.467

RBI

Philadelphia

117

Runs

Philadelphia

125

Slugging Average

Cleveland

.551

Stolen Bases

Washington

75

Total Bases

Detroit

298

Triples

Detroit

23

1913 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Washington

29

ERA

Washington

1.14

Games

Chicago

52

Saves

Philadelphia

13

Shutouts

Washington

11

Strikeouts

Washington

243

Winning Percentage

Washington

.837

Wins

Washington

36

1913 American League

Team Standings

Philadelphia Athletics

96 57 .627 0

Washington Senators

90 64 .584 6?

Cleveland Naps

86 66 .566 9?

Boston Red Sox

79 71 .527 15?

Chicago White Sox

78 74 .513 17?

Detroit Tigers

66 87 .431 30

New York Yankees

57 94 .377 38

St. Louis Browns

57 96 .373 39

1913 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

New York

534

Philadelphia

Batting Average

Philadelphia

.280

Doubles

Philadelphia

223

Hits

Philadelphia

1,412

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.280

Doubles

Philadelphia

223

Hits

Philadelphia

1,412

Home Runs

Philadelphia

33

On Base Percentage

Philadelphia

.356

Runs

Philadelphia

794

Slugging Average

Philadelphia

.375

Stolen Bases

Washington

287

Triples

Boston

101

Detroit

1913 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

St. Louis

104

ERA

Chicago

2.33

Fewest Hits Allowed

Washington

1,177

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Boston

6

Fewest Walks Allowed

Chicago

438

Saves

Philadelphia

22

Shutouts

Washington

23

Strikeouts

Washington

758



On April 10, 1913, President Woodrow Wilson threw out the first pitch in the first game EVER played by the New York Yankees (who were previously called the New York Highlanders).

On May 18, 1913, Ty Cobb spoiled a Walter Johnson shutout when he stole home plate for the twenty-sixth time during his career.

Did you know that Ty Cobb once tried to play second base? It was July 12, 1913, and Cobb committed three errors in five chances! The Detroit Free Press described Cobb's performance with "the worst second baseman living or dead."

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