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The following are the baseball events of the year 1909 throughout the world.  

Contents

Champions

Awards and honors

MLB statistical leaders

American League National League
AVG Ty Cobb DET .377 Honus Wagner PIT .339
HR Ty Cobb DET 9 Red Murray NYG 7
RBIs Ty Cobb DET 107 Honus Wagner PIT 100
Wins George Mullin DET 29 Mordecai Brown CHC 27
ERA Harry Krause PHA 1.39 Christy Mathewson NYG 1.14
Ks Frank Smith CWS 177 Orval Overall CHC 205

Major league baseball final standings

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American League final standings

American League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Detroit Tigers 98 54 .645 --
Philadelphia Athletics 95 58 .621 3.5
Boston Red Sox 88 63 .583 9.5
Chicago White Sox 78 74 .513 20
New York Highlanders 74 77 .490 23.5
Cleveland Indians 71 82 .464 27.5
St. Louis Browns 61 89 .407 36
Washington Senators 42 110 .276 56

National League final standings

National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Pittsburgh Pirates 110 42 .724 --
Chicago Cubs 104 49 .680 6.5
New York Giants 92 61 .601 18.5
Cincinnati Reds 77 76 .503 33.5
Philadelphia Phillies 74 79 .484 36.5
Brooklyn Dodgers 55 98 .359 55.5
St. Louis Cardinals 54 98 .355 56
Boston Braves 45 108 .294 65.5

Events

  • April 15 - On Opening Day, Red Ames of the New York Giants allowed no hits through nine innings. In the 10th inning he allowed a single with one out. The Giants eventually fell to the Brooklyn Dodgers, 3-0, in 13 innings. Ames allowed a total of seven hits.
  • November 26 - The Philadelphia Phillies are sold for $350,000 to a group headed by sportswriter Horace Fogel. Because of his dual roles, Fogel will become the only executive barred from a league meeting.

Births

Deaths

  • February 4 - John Clarkson, 47, pitcher for Chicago, Boston and Cleveland who won over 325 games, then an NL record, with six 30-win seasons including 53 in 1885; pitched 1885 no-hitter, led NL in innings pitched four times and in strikeouts, games and complete games three times each.
  • March 15 - Howard Wall, 54, shortstop who played one game for the 1873 Washington Blue Legs.
  • April 6 - Doggie Miller, 44, catcher for Pittsburgh from 1884 to 1893 who scored 80 runs five times, batted .339 for 1894 St. Louis Browns.
  • April 26 - Mike Dorgan, 55, Outfielder for 10 seasons, and player-manager for three, from 1877-1890.
  • April 29 - Doc Powers, 38, who was catching in the first game played in Shibe Park in Philadelphia when he crashed into a wall going after a pop fly. He remained in the game, but suffered from internal injuries that took his life two weeks later, when gangrene set in after three operations. He was the first major leaguer to die from injuries sustained during a game.
  • June 20 - Rudy Kemmler, 49?, catcher for eight seasons from 1879 to 1889.
  • July 5 - Frank Selee, 49, manager who guided Boston to five pennants (1891-93, 1895-96), later built foundation of championship Cubs teams; .607 winning percentage was highest among managers of 1500 games, 1284 victories ranked second all-time upon retirement.
  • September 17 - Herman Long, 43, shortstop for the Boston Beaneaters who batted .300 four times, led NL in runs in 1893 and home runs in 1900; set career marks for putouts and total chances, led league in double plays three times and in putouts and fielding average twice each.

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