Year In Review : 1916 American League

Off the field...

Montana voters elected thirty-six year-old Republican Jeannette Rankin as the first woman in the United States to serve in Congress. A strong proponent of peace, Rankin voted against the declaration of war on Germany in 1917 and in 1941, she cast the only vote in the House against entering WWII. A member of various antiwar organizations over the years, she led the "Jeannette Rankin Brigade", a peace group, to Washington to protest the Vietnam War in 1968.

Congress officially established The National Park Service as a bureau in the Department of the Interior. The system included not only the most extraordinary and spectacular scenic exhibits in the United States, but also a large number of sites distinguished either for their historic or prehistoric importance or scientific interest, or for their superior recreational assets. Today, the National Park System is made up of over three-hundred seventy-five areas covering more than eighty-three million acres in every state except Delaware.

In the American League...

On April 11 th , the World Champion Boston Red Sox suffered an embarrassing 1-0 loss during an exhibition game against the young men from Boston College.

Cleveland Indians catcher Steve O'Neill completed an amazing thirty-six double plays for a Major League season record for catchers that still stands to date.

On May 9 th , the Philadelphia Athletics and Detroit Tigers combined to set a Major League record with thirty walks during a 16-2, "Motor City" win. Eighteen were issued by the A's, (who went on to finish the season with 715). Detroit added eleven more the following day for a two-game Major League record of twenty-nine.

In the National League...

The National League, which was celebrating its fortieth anniversary, voted down a proposal by the New York Giants, Boston Braves, and Chicago Cubs to increase their player limit from twenty-one to twenty-two.

On June 22 nd , the Boston Braves pulled off the only National League extra-inning triple steal to beat the New York Giants 3-1 in the eleventh. In 1941, the American League would match the feat with their only recorded triple swipe.

Chicago Cubs catcher Bill Fischer set a Major League record by catching all twenty-seven innings in a doubleheader loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 28 th .

Around the League...

In January, the National Association released a list of one-hundred twenty-three Federal League players with free-agent status under the terms of the new leagues "peace agreement". The following month, the Federal League's year-old suit charging antitrust violations by organized baseball was dismissed by mutual consent in the U.S. District Court by Judge Kenesaw M. Landis.

Chicago Cubs owner Charles Weeghman became the first to officially allow fans to keep any and all balls hit into the stands. His decision followed an incident in which a fan fought with park attendants after catching a foul ball during the St. Louis Cardinals' series.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"We had one left-hander by the name of Dutch Leonard. Ever hear of him? Ol' Dutch had a peculiar ball. It wasn't a slider, it wasn't a slow curve, it was something." - Eddie Wells

1916 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
St. Louis
111
Batting Average
Cleveland
.386
Doubles
Cleveland
41
Hits
Cleveland
211
Home Runs
New York
12
On Base Percentage
Cleveland
.470
RBI
St. Louis
103
Runs
Detroit
113
Slugging Average
Cleveland
.502
Stolen Bases
Detroit
68
Total Bases
Chicago
293
Triples
Chicago
21

1916 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
Washington
36
ERA
Boston
1.75
Games
St. Louis
59
Saves
New York
8
Shutouts
Boston
9
Strikeouts
Washington
228
Winning Percentage
Chicago
.682
Wins
Washington
25

1916 American League

Team Standings

Boston Red Sox 91 63 .591 0
Chicago White Sox 89 65 .578 2
Detroit Tigers 87 67 .565 4
New York Yankees 80 74 .519 11
St. Louis Browns 79 75 .513 12
Cleveland Indians 77 77 .500 14
Washington Senators 76 77 .497 14½
Philadelphia Athletics 36 117 .235 54½

1916 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
St. Louis
627
Batting Average
Detroit
.264
Doubles
Cleveland
233
Hits
Detroit
1,371
Home Runs
New York
35
On Base Percentage
Detroit
.337
Runs
Detroit
670
Slugging Average
Detroit
.350
Stolen Bases
St. Louis
234
Triples
Chicago
100

1916 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
Philadelphia
94
ERA
Chicago
2.36
Fewest Hits Allowed
Chicago
1,189
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Boston
10
Fewest Walks Allowed
Chicago
405
Saves
New York
17
Shutouts
Boston
24
Strikeouts
Washington
706
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Did you know that the Opening Day (April 12, 1916) pitcher for the Boston Red Sox was Babe Ruth ? He pitched 8.2 innings, allowed one run, and won 2-1 versus the Philadelphia Athletics.

On August 29, 1916, Dutch Leonard allowed two runs on two hits, walked a batter, hit a batter, and threw a wild pitch before being relieved during the first inning. On August 30, 1916 (one day later) Leonard threw a 4-0 no-hitter versus the St. Louis Browns.

On September 8, 1916, Wally Schang of the Philadelphia Athletics became the first Major League player to hit home runs from both sides of the plate during the same game .

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