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1901 Cleveland Blues
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Location
1901 Information
Owner(s) Charles Somers
Manager(s) Jimmy McAleer
Local television none
Local radio none

The Cleveland Blues' 1901 season was a season in American baseball. It was the franchise's first in the majors, and was one of the original franchises of the American League. The Blues finished seventh out of eight teams.

Contents

Off-season

Ban Johnson, founder of the American League

After the 1899 Cleveland Spiders were dissolved after winning only 20 games and losing 134, the team was disbanded, along with the Louisville Colonels, Baltimore Orioles, and the Washington Senators, leaving the National League with eight teams to begin the 1900 season. As a result, 1900 marked the first year since 1886 during which the city of Cleveland did not have a team affiliated with Major League Baseball. Ban Johnson created the American League in 1900, which became a major league before the 1901 season, bringing major league franchises back to Cleveland, Baltimore, and Washington, which would be created with or without the approval of the National League.[1] During this time, Cleveland had a minor league baseball team, known as the Bluebirds or Blues due to their all-blue uniforms, which finished their season with a 63-73 record and finished sixth.[1]

As the American League made the jump to major league status, many players jumped ship, including Cy Young and Nap Lajoie, which led the National League to call them an "outlaw league" in November 1900.[1] As the 1901 season came underway in April, and as the war between the two leagues erupted, the Cleveland franchise began its first official season as a Major League Baseball team.

Regular season

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Season summary

April

Bill Hallman, a second baseman, played five games at shortstop for the Blues in 1901

The Cleveland Blues played their first game of the season against the Chicago White Sox on April 24, 1901. This was the first games in the history of the American League; three other games scheduled that day were rained out.[2] The starting lineup consisted of: Ollie Pickering (RF), Jack McCarthy (LF), Frank Genins (CF), Candy LaChance (1B), Bill Bradley (3B), Erve Beck (2B), Bill Hallman (SS), Bob Wood (C), and Bill Hoffer (P). Hoffer allowed seven runs in the first two innings and the Blues failed to recover,[2] as they lost the game 8–2, earning the first loss in American League history.[3] In the second game of the season, Beck hit the first home run in American League history off pitcher John Skopec, but the Blues lost again, 7–3.[2]

May

Blues' starting third baseman Bill Bradley

On May 9, 1901, Earl Moore threw the first no-hitter in the history of the franchise and the American League.[4] The Blues lost to Chicago by a score of 4-2 despite allowing no hits.

June

July

August

September

Season standings

American League W L T GB Pct.
Chicago White Stockings 83 53 1 -- .631
Boston Americans 79 57 2 4 .581
Detroit Tigers 74 61 1 .548
Philadelphia Athletics 74 62 1 9 .544
Baltimore Orioles 68 65 2 13½ .511
Washington Senators 61 72 5 20½ .459
Cleveland Blues 54 82 2 29 .397
Milwaukee Brewers 48 89 2 35½ .350

Roster

1901 Cleveland Blues roster
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Player stats

Key

Statistic Indicates sole team leader in this category among batters (player must qualify by MLB rules to lead a category)
Statistic§ Indicates sole team leader in this category among pitchers (player must qualify by MLB rules to lead a category)
* Indicates that two or more players tied for the lead in the category

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Pos Player G AB R H 2B 3B Avg. HR RBI SB
C Wood, BobBob Wood 98 346 45 101 23 3 .292 1 49 6
1B LaChance, CandyCandy LaChance 133 548 81 166 22 9 .303 1 75 11
2B Beck, ErveErve Beck 135 539 78 156 26 8 .289 6 79 7
3B Bradley, BillBill Bradley 133 516 95 151 28 13 .293 1 55 15
SS Scheibeck, FrankFrank Scheibeck 93 329 33 70 11 3 .213 0 38 3
LF McCarthy, JackJack McCarthy 86 343 60 110 14 7 .321 0 32 9
CF Pickering, OllieOllie Pickering 137 547 102 169 25 6 .309 0 40 36
RF O'Brien, JackJack O'Brien 92 375 54 106 14 5 .286 0 39 13

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H 2B 3B Avg. HR RBI SB
Harvey, ZazaZaza Harvey 45 170 21 60 5 5 .353 1 24 15
Yeager, GeorgeGeorge Yeager 39 139 13 31 5 0 .223 0 14 2
Connor, JoeJoe Connor 37 121 13 17 3 1 .140 0 6 2
Genins, FrankFrank Genins 26 101 15 23 5 0 .228 0 9 3
Shay, DannyDanny Shay 19 75 4 17 2 2 .227 0 10 0
Donovan, TomTom Donovan 18 71 9 18 3 1 .254 0 5 1
McGuire, JimJim McGuire 18 69 4 16 2 0 .232 0 3 0
Hallman, BillBill Hallman 5 19 2 4 0 0 .211 0 3 0
Eagan, TruckTruck Eagan 5 18 2 3 0 1 .167 0 2 0
McAleer, JimmyJimmy McAleer 3 7 0 1 0 0 .143 0 0 0
Cross, FrankFrank Cross 1 5 0 3 0 0 .600 0 0 0
Cermak, EdEd Cermak 1 4 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Gallagher, ShortyShorty Gallagher 2 4 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Hall, RussRuss Hall 1 4 2 2 0 0 .500 0 0 0
Hogan, HarryHarry Hogan 1 4 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Livingston, PaddyPaddy Livingston 1 2 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0

Note: pitchers' batting statistics not included

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned Run Average; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks SO = Strikeouts

Player G GS IP W L ERA R ER BB K
Dowling, PetePete Dowling 33§ 30* 256.1§ 11 22 3.86 160§ 110§ 104 99*
Moore, EarlEarl Moore 31 30* 251.1 16§ 14 2.90 129 81 107§ 99*
Hart, BillBill Hart 20 19 157.2 7 11 3.77 109 66 57 48
Scott, EdEd Scott 17 16 124.2 6 6 4.40 82 61 38 23
Bracken, JackJack Bracken 12 12 100 4 8 6.21 94 69 31 18
McNeal, HarryHarry McNeal 12 10 85.1 5 5 4.43 68 42 30 15
Cristall, BillBill Cristall 6 6 48.1 1 5 4.84 42 26 30 12
Braggins, DickDick Braggins 4 3 32 1 2 4.78 28 17 15 1
Baker, BockBock Baker 1 1 8 0 1 5.63 13 5 6 0

Other pitchers

Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned Run Average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks SO = Strikeouts

Player G GS IP W L SV ERA R ER BB K
Hoffer, BillBill Hoffer 16 10 99 3 8 3§ 4.55 78 50 35 19
Weyhing, GusGus Weyhing 2 1 11.1 0 0 0 7.94 11 10 5 0

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned Run Average; IP = Innings pitched; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L SV ERA R ER BB K
Donovan, TomTom Donovan 1 7 0 0 0 5.14 11 4 3 0
Bradley, BillBill Bradley 1 1 0 0 0 0.00 3 0 0 0
McAleer, JimmyJimmy McAleer 1 0.1 0 0 0 0.00 3 0 3 0

Awards and honors

League top ten finishers

Ollie Pickering

  • #5 in AL in stolen bases (36)
  • #5 in AL in singles (138)

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Schneider, 11
  2. ^ a b c Snyder, 28
  3. ^ "Chicago, 8; Cleveland, 2". The New York Times: p. 10. April 25, 1901. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9C00E4DD1030E132A25756C2A9629C946097D6CF.  
  4. ^ Nemec, David; Scott Flatow (2008). Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures (2008 ed.). Signet Books. p. 144. ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0.  

References

  • 1901 Cleveland Blues season at Baseball Reference
  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, N.C.: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0963718983.  
  • Snyder, John (2008). Indians Journal: Year by Year & Day by Day with the Cleveland Indians since 1901. Cincinnati, Ohio: Clerisy Press. ISBN 9781578603084.  
  • Schneider, Russell (2005). The Cleveland Indians Encyclopedia (3 ed.). Champaign, Illinois: Sports Publishing, LLC. ISBN 9781582618401.  

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