1901 Philadelphia Athletics season: Wikis

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1901 Philadelphia Athletics
Major league affiliations
Location
1901 Information
Owner(s) Benjamin Shibe and Connie Mack
Manager(s) Connie Mack
Local television
Local radio

The Philadelphia Athletics' 1901 season involved the A's finishing 4th in the American League with a record of 74 wins and 62 losses. The franchise that would become the modern Athletics originated in 1901 as a new franchise in the American League. The Western League had been renamed the American League in 1900 by league president Bancroft (Ban) Johnson, and declared itself the second major league in 1901.

In 1901, Johnson created new franchises in the east and eliminated some franchises in the West.[1] Philadelphia seems to have been a new franchise created to compete with the National League’s Philadelphia Phillies. Former catcher Connie Mack was recruited to manage the club. Mack in turn persuaded Phillies minority owner Ben Shibe as well as others to invest in the team, which would be called the Philadelphia Athletics. He himself bought a 25 percent interest.

The other 1901 American League teams included the newly-created Baltimore Orioles (now the New York Yankees) and Boston Americans (now Red Sox), as well as a Kansas City franchise relocated to Washington as the Senators (now the Minnesota Twins) and previous members the Chicago White Stockings (now White Sox), Cleveland Blues (now Indians), Detroit Tigers, and Milwaukee Brewers (later the St. Louis Browns and now the Baltimore Orioles).

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Regular season

In 1901, Nap Lajoie jumped from the Phillies to the crosstown Philadelphia Athletics, owned by Connie Mack.[2] Lajoie's batting average that year was .426, still a league record. The same year Lajoie became the second major leaguer to be intentionally walked with the bases loaded after Abner Dalrymple in 1881.

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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

Notable transactions

Roster

1901 Philadelphia Athletics roster
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Powers, DocDoc Powers 116 431 108 .251 1 47
1B Davis, HarryHarry Davis 117 496 152 .306 8 76
2B Lajoie, NapNap Lajoie 131 544 232 .426 14 125
3B Cross, LaveLave Cross 100 424 139 .328 2 73
SS Dolan, JoeJoe Dolan 98 338 73 .216 1 38

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Steelman, FarmerFarmer Steelman 27 88 23 .261 0 7
Smith, HarryHarry Smith 11 34 11 .324 0 3
Murphy, MorganMorgan Murphy 9 28 6 .214 0 6
Leahy, TomTom Leahy 5 15 5 .333 0 1
McKinney, BobBob McKinney 2 2 0 .000 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned Run Average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Fraser, ChickChick Fraser 40 331 22 16 3.81 110
Plank, EddieEddie Plank 33 260.2 17 13 3.31 90
Bernhard, BillBill Bernhard 31 257 17 10 4.52 58
Wiltse, SnakeSnake Wiltse 19 166 13 5 3.58 40
Piatt, WileyWiley Piatt 18 140 5 12 4.63 45
Baker, BockBock Baker 1 6 0 1 10.50 1
McPherson, JohnJohn McPherson 1 4 0 1 11.25 0
Loos, PetePete Loos 1 1 0 1 27.00 0

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned Run Average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Milligan, BillyBilly Milligan 6 33 0 3 4.36 5

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned Run Average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Leitner, DummyDummy Leitner 1 0 0 0 0.00 1

Notes

  1. ^ (Seeks to snare Duffy of Boston, Chicago Daily Tribune, January 29, 1901, pg. 9.)
  2. ^ Nap Lajoie Obituary
  3. ^ a b Tom Leahy page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Snake Wiltse page at Baseball Reference

References


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