Year In Review : 1916 American League

O ff 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.

I n 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.

I n 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 .

A round 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.

"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

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



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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