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1901 Season

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Posted 09-24-2017 at 06:43 PM by bjohn13

Opening Day Lineup
C Lave Cross
1B Jake Beckley
2B Lou Bierbauer
3B Bill Lauder
SS Dan Coogan
LF Willie Keeler
CF Jimmy Slagle
RF Billy Hamilton
SP Cy Young

Most Common Lineup
C Lave Cross
1B Jake Beckley
2B Lou Bierbauer
3B Bill Lauder
SS Dan Coogan
LF Willie Keeler
CF Charlie Hickman
RF Billy Hamilton

Pitching Staff
SP Cy Young
SP Jerry Nops
SP Rube Waddell
RP Roger Bresnahan
RP Jack Harper
RP George Boone
RP Bert Husting
RP Patsy Flaherty

Brooklyn got off to a rough start in 1901. Billy Hamilton hit the disabled list again, and Lou Bierbauer started splitting playing time with Freddy Parent at second base. The pitching staff, especially the starting rotation, was where most of Brooklyn’s issues came from, though. The starting rotation had a 3.88 ERA in April, dead last in the National League.
At the end of the month, Brooklyn’s 11-15 record put them in seventh place in the eight-team National League, 5 ½ games behind Cincinnati.

Charlie Buffington joined Billy Hamilton on the DL in May, and many began to speculate that the venerable legend’s career might indeed be done. Bill Donovan pitched miserably trying to replace him, and Jake Boyd finished the month barely hanging on in the rotation. Bert Husting would be the next one given an opportunity if Boyd couldn’t turn it around.

Offensively, Lou Bierbauer continued to struggle while Jimmy Slagle kept his starting job in center field strictly by virtue of his glove.

Overall, nothing seemed to go right for Brooklyn. They finished May 10 games out of first place in 7th place in the National League race.

Possibly the most important question for Brooklyn in June was whether or not they were going to unload some of their aging veterans prior to the trade deadline. The Brooklyn pitching staff actually started coming around in June, but injuries in the lineup to players like Keeler, Hamilton, and Beckley kept them from gaining any kind of momentum. By the end of June, Brooklyn was 16 ½ games out of first place.

All Star Rosters

It was likely too little too late, but Brooklyn started winning in July. They posted a 15-8 record on the month, but they still languished in 7th place 12 games out of first place.
Billy Hamilton won the National League Player of the Month Award, He also got his 1,500th career run scored in July.

Brooklyn continued to play better than .500 ball in the month of August. Helped along by a lineup that was finally fully healthy and a number four pitcher named Tom Hughes who came out of the minors pitching well, Brooklyn pulled to within 5 games of .500 by the end of the month. They were able to pull into sixth place, but their 11 ½ game deficit with only 12 games to go would prove to be insurmountable.

Brooklyn continued winning in September, putting up a 7-4 record on the month. They finished the season just two games under .500, which is a pretty big accomplishment considering at one point they were 16 games under .500. They finished in a tie for 5th place, 9 games out of first place. Cy Young won his 20th game on the last game of the season.

Final Standings

Batting Leaders

Hitting Leaders

Team Hitting

Team Pitching

Brooklyn Hitting

Brooklyn Pitching

World Series
The Philadelphia Athletics were to represent the American League in the 1901 World Series. It was their first trip, and that left Cleveland as the only American League team who had not been to one. New York would represent the National League for the fifth time going for their third world championship. In the National League, the Chicago Orphans, The Pittsburg Pirates, and the Boston Beaneaters are the only teams who had yet to go to a World Series.

Philadelphia had a mediocre pitching staff, but there was a little bit of pop out of the staff ace Eddie Plank. The team was led by center fielder Mike Donlin, who had put together a monster season with an OPS of .945. Claude Ritchey and Frank Chance rounded out the lineup.

The New York Giants, on the other hand, had a fantastic pitching staff led by Scott Stratton and Clark Griffith with Dale Gear coming out of the bullpen. Their offense was less than formidable with Klondike Douglass, Charlie Hemphill, and Tom McCreery providing most of the production.

An outstanding pitching matchup marked game one with Eddie Plank going up against Scott Stratton. Philadelphia got off to an early lead thanks to an RBI triple Skyrocket Smith in the first. New York tied it at 3 with an RBI single by Mike Kelley in the 8th, and the game went into extra innings. It was decided on a sacrifice fly by Charlie Hemphill in the bottom of the 10th, and Dale Gear ended up earing the win as New York to the series lead.

Game two was Bill Daley against Clark Griffith. Philadelphia again got off to an early lead with an RBI double by Mike Donlin capping a 3-run fifth inning. Charlie Hemphill unloaded in the fifth, as one of his three hits was a 2-RBI double to pull New York within one. Kid Nance drove in one with an RBI single in the 7th to tie it, and then Charlie Hemphill put New York on top with an RBI single to drive in Charlie Irwin, who had 3 hits and 3 runs scored on the game. Philadelphia tied the game at 5 in the top of the 9th with a Frank Chance home run, but Charlie Hemphill got his 4th RBI of the day, a walk-off game winner to give New York a 6-5 win and a 2-0 series lead.

Claude Ritchey had three hits for Philadelphia in game three to help Philadelphia get off to another early lead, this time 3-2. Reliever Bill Hoffer opened the flood gates for Philadelphia, though. He game up 4 runs to earn a blown save and the loss as New York won 6-3 to take a 3-0 series lead.

Ed Delahanty had three hits and 4 RBIs for Philadelphia in game four. This time Philsadelphia’s early lead was 6-2, and a thee run ninth by New York had A’s fans on edge. Eddie Plank would ultimately hold on as Philadelphia kept the series alive with a 6-5 win. Mike Donlin also had three hits for Philadelphia while Tom McCreery had three hits for New York.

Ed Gremminger’s three hit day for Philadelphia in game five wasn’t enough to overcome Charlie Irwin’s hit barrage. Irwin, along with Tom McCreery, also had 3 RBIs as New York routed Philadelphia 9-4 to clinch the World Series title. Charlie Irwin won the series MVP. He was 11 for 21 with 4 RBIs and 7 runs scored on the series.


Amateur Draft
1. Joe Tinker SS
2. Charlie Smith P
3. Lave Winham P
4. Otto Hess P
5. Wish Egan P
6. Heinie Wagner SS
7. Andy Coakley P
8. Jim St. Vrain P

I was surprised when Joe Tinker fell to to the seventh overall pick. The truth is, the scouting ratings on him had deteriorated to the point where I actually had to think about it before selecting him. In the end, my choice was based off of the fact that his defensive rating was ranked among the best of the National League.
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