1897 Boston Beaneaters season

1897 Boston Beaneaters
1897 National League Championship
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 93–39 (.705)
League place 1st
Other information
Owner(s) Arthur Soden
Manager(s) Frank Selee
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The 1897 Boston Beaneaters season was the 27th season of the franchise. The Beaneaters won the National League pennant, their fourth of the decade and their seventh overall. After the season, the Beaneaters played in the Temple Cup for the first time. They lost the series to the second-place Baltimore Orioles, 4 games to 1.

Regular season

This team has been cited (along with the 1880s St. Louis Browns and the 1890s Baltimore Orioles) as one of the greatest of the 19th century. It featured five Hall of Famers: manager Frank Selee, pitcher Kid Nichols, third baseman Jimmy Collins, and outfielders Billy Hamilton and Hugh Duffy.

In just 132 games, the Beaneaters scored 1025 runs to lead the league (Hamilton had 152 of them to win individual honors). They also allowed the fewest, on the way to a .705 winning percentage. Nichols was one of the premier pitchers in the league, leading the NL with 31 wins. His 2.64 ERA ranked second.

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Beaneaters 9339 0.705 54–12 39–27
Baltimore Orioles 9040 0.692 2 51–15 39–25
New York Giants 8348 0.634 51–19 32–29
Cincinnati Reds 7656 0.576 17 49–18 27–38
Cleveland Spiders 6962 0.527 23½ 49–16 20–46
Washington Senators 6171 0.462 32 40–26 21–45
Brooklyn Bridegrooms 6171 0.462 32 38–29 23–42
Pittsburgh Pirates 6071 0.458 32½ 38–27 22–44
Chicago Colts 5973 0.447 34 36–30 23–43
Philadelphia Phillies 5577 0.417 38 32–34 23–43
Louisville Colonels 5278 0.400 40 34–31 18–47
St. Louis Browns 29102 0.221 63½ 18–41 11–61

Record vs. opponents

1897 National League Records

Sources:
Team BAL BOS BR CHI CIN CLE LOU NYG PHI PIT STL WSH
Baltimore 6–69–3–29–3–36–67–410–15–710–2–19–310–29–3
Boston 6–69–38–4–19–37–59–38–410–2–110–210–27–5–1
Brooklyn 3–9–23–96–67–57–55–73–9–26–67–57–57–5
Chicago 3–9–34–8–16–65–74–86–6–15–7–15–76–68–47–5
Cincinnati 6–63–95–77–57–59–37–5–18–45–7–111–18–4
Cleveland 4–75–75–78–45–75–73–99–36–611–1–18–4
Louisville 1–103–97–56–6–13–97–56–6–13–94–8–28–3–14–8–1
New York 7–54–89–3–27–5–15–7–19–36–6–17–58–3–112–09–3–1
Philadelphia 2–10–12–10–16–67–54–83–99–35–75–78–44–8
Pittsburgh 3–92–105–76–67–5–16–68–4–23–8–17–58–45–7
St. Louis 2–102–105–74–81–111–11–13–8–10–124–84–83–9
Washington 3–95–7–15–75–74–84–88–4–13–9–18–47–59–3

Roster

1897 Boston Beaneaters
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
CMarty Bergen8732781.248245
1BFred Tenney132566180.318185
2BBobby Lowe123499154.3095106
3BJimmy Collins134529183.3466132
SSHerman Long107450145.322369
OFHugh Duffy134550187.34011129
OFBilly Hamilton127507174.343361
OFChick Stahl114469166.354497

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
Mike Mahoney221.50001

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
Kid Nichols4636831112.64127
Fred Klobedanz38309.12674.6092
Ted Lewis3829021123.8565

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
Jim Sullivan1389453.9417

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
Charlie Hickman20015.870
Mike Mahoney100018.001

Awards and honors

League top ten finishers

Jimmy Collins

  • #2 in NL in RBI (132)

Hugh Duffy

  • NL leader in home runs (11)
  • #3 in NL in RBI (129)

Sliding Billy Hamilton

  • NL leader in runs scored (152)
  • #3 in NL in stolen bases (66)

Fred Klobedanz

  • #3 in NL in wins (26)

Kid Nichols

  • NL leader in wins (31)
  • #2 in NL in ERA (2.64)

References


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