1901 Chicago White Stockings season

1901 Chicago White Stockings
1901 American League Champions
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Owner(s) Charles Comiskey
Manager(s) Clark Griffith
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The 1901 Chicago White Stockings season was their first season as a major league team, and their second season in Chicago. It was also the inaugural season of American League as a major league.

The White Stockings had a very balanced lineup, which was led by outfielders Dummy Hoy and Fielder Jones, and scored the most runs in the AL. They relied primarily on speed, as Frank Isbell, Sam Mertes, and Jones finished 1–2–3 in stolen bases. The pitching staff was anchored by Clark Griffith, who went 24–7 with a 2.67 ERA.

The White Stockings finished 83–53. They won the pennant by four games.

Offseason

  • In 1900, the Western League changed its name to the American League. It was still officially a minor league, subject to the governing National Agreement and an underling of the National League. The NL actually gave permission to the AL to put a team in Chicago, and Comiskey moved his St. Paul club to Chicago's South Side. After the season, the AL declined to renew its membership in the National Agreement, and the war was on. After acquiring a number of stars from the older league, including pitcher and manager Clark Griffith, the White Stockings also captured the AL's first major-league pennant the next year, in 1901.

Regular season

  • May 9, 1901: Earl Moore of the Cleveland Blues threw the first no-hitter in the history of the American League against the White Stockings.[1] Chicago beat the Blues by a score of 4–2 despite not having one hit.

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago White Stockings 8353 0.610 49–21 34–32
Boston Americans 7957 0.581 4 49–20 30–37
Detroit Tigers 7461 0.548 42–27 32–34
Philadelphia Athletics 7462 0.544 9 42–24 32–38
Baltimore Orioles 6865 0.511 13½ 40–25 28–40
Washington Senators 6172 0.459 20½ 31–35 30–37
Cleveland Bluebirds 5482 0.397 29 28–39 26–43
Milwaukee Brewers 4889 0.350 35½ 32–37 16–52

Record vs. opponents

1901 American League Records

Sources:
Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET MIL PHI WSH
Baltimore 9–94–14–111–99–1012–7–112–811–8
Boston 9–912–812–69–11–115–510–1012–8–1
Chicago 14–4–18–1213–710–1016–412–810–8
Cleveland 9–116–127–136–1411–96–149–9–2
Detroit 10–911–9–110–1014–613–77–99–11
Milwaukee 7–12–15–154–169–117–136–1410–8–1
Philadelphia 8–1210–108–1214–69–714–611–9–1
Washington 8–118–12–18–109–9–211–98–10–19–11–1

Roster

1901 Chicago White Stockings
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Game log

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases

Pos Player G AB R H 2B 3B Avg. HR RBI SB
CBilly Sullivan983675490156.24545612
1BFrank Isbell13755693143158.25737052
2BSam Mertes137545941511617.27759846
3BFred Hartman120473771472313.30938931
SSFrank Shugart10741562104912.25124712
LFHerm McFarland13247383130219.27545933
CFDummy Hoy1325271121552811.29426027
RFFielder Jones133521120162163.31126538

Other batters

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

Player G AB R H 2B 3B Avg. HR RBI SB
Joe Sugden48153214271.2750194
Jimmy Burke42148203950.26402111
Pop Foster123541022.286160
Dave Brain5202710.350050

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player G GS IP W L ERA BB K
Roy Patterson4135312.120163.3762127
Clark Griffith3530266.22472.675067
Jack Katoll272520811102.815359
Nixey Callahan2722215.11582.425070
John Skopec9968.1633.164524
Wiley Piatt7651.2422.791419
Frank Dupee1100130

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player G GS IP W L SV ERA BB K
Zaza Harvey169923613.625937

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L SV ERA BB K
Jack McAleese130009.0011
Frank Isbell110009.0000

Individual league top five finishes

Nixey Callahan

  • #2 in AL in earned run average (2.42)

Clark Griffith

  • AL leader in shutouts (5)
  • #3 in AL in wins (24)
  • #4 in AL in earned run average (2.67)

Dummy Hoy

  • #4 in AL in runs scored (112)
  • #4 in AL in on-base percentage (.407)

Frank Isbell

  • MLB leader in stolen bases (52)

Fielder Jones

  • #2 in AL in runs scored (120)
  • #2 in AL in on-base percentage (.412)
  • #3 in AL in stolen bases (38)
  • #4 in AL in runs batted in (98)

Sam Mertes

  • #2 in AL in stolen bases (46)

Roy Patterson

  • #2 in AL in strikeouts (127)
  • #3 in AL in shutouts (4)

References

  1. Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.144, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
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