1901 Pittsburgh Pirates season

1901 Pittsburgh Pirates
1901 National League Champions
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Owner(s) Barney Dreyfuss
Manager(s) Fred Clarke
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The 1901 Pittsburgh Pirates[1] finished in first place in the National League, 7½ games ahead of the second-place Philadelphia Phillies. It was the first year that the American League operated as a major league, but there would be no World Series between the leagues until 1903.

The team was managed by Fred Clarke, who was also their starting left fielder. Clarke, in his fifth year as a manager at age 28, won his first pennant. The Pirates won the National League championship in the next two years as well.

Regular season

The Pirates were led offensively by Honus Wagner, who led the league in RBI and stolen bases. Although the "Flying Dutchman" had never played shortstop in the majors until 1901, he appeared 61 times at shortstop that year in addition to spending time at third base and the outfield.

In a league that batted .267 as a whole, the Pirates outfield was notable for its hitting. Ginger Beaumont hit .332, player-manager Fred Clarke hit .324, and Lefty Davis hit .313.

The pitching staff of the Pirates allowed the fewest runs in the league and was among the greatest ever. The four top starting pitchersDeacon Phillippe, Jack Chesbro, Jesse Tannehill, and Sam Leever – were the four top pitchers in the National League in terms of winning percentage. All of them were in the top ten in the league in ERA. Future Hall of Famer Rube Waddell had pitched well in 1900 for the Pirates, but was sold in May 1901 to the Chicago Orphans.

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Pittsburgh Pirates 9049 0.647 45–24 45–25
Philadelphia Phillies 8357 0.593 46–23 37–34
Brooklyn Superbas 7957 0.581 43–25 36–32
St. Louis Cardinals 7664 0.543 14½ 40–31 36–33
Boston Beaneaters 6969 0.500 20½ 41–29 28–40
Chicago Orphans 5386 0.381 37 30–39 23–47
New York Giants 5285 0.380 37 30–38 22–47
Cincinnati Reds 5287 0.374 38 27–43 25–44

Record vs. opponents

1901 National League Records

Boston 10–1013–611–8–114–6–17–135–159–11
Brooklyn 10–1013–714–6–111–611–911–89–11
Chicago 6–137–1310–1011–9–13–176–1410–10
Cincinnati 8–11–16–14–110–108–124–167–139–11–1
New York 6–14–16–119–11–112–88–124–16–17–13–1
Philadelphia 13–79–1117–316–412–87–139–11
Pittsburgh 15–58–1114–613–716–4–113–711–9
St. Louis 11–911–910–1011–9–113–7–111–99–11

Game log

1901 Game Log: 90–49 (Home: 45–24; Away: 45–25)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Tie
Bold = Pittsburgh Pirates team member

Detailed records

Opening Day lineup


1901 Pittsburgh Pirates
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager

Awards and honors

Ginger Beaumont

  • #3 in NL in runs scored (120)

Deacon Phillippe

  • #2 in NL in ERA (2.22)
  • #3 in NL in wins (22)

Jesse Tannehill

  • NL leader in ERA (2.18)

Honus Wagner

  • NL leader in RBI (126)
  • NL leader in stolen bases (49)
  • #4 in NL in batting average (.353)
  • #4 in NL in on-base percentage (.417)



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
CChief Zimmer6923652.220021
1BKitty Bransfield139566167.295091
3BTommy Leach98374114.305244
OFFred Clarke129527171.324660
OFGinger Beaumont133558185.332872

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
Honus Wagner140549194.3536126
Jack O'Connor6120239.193022
George Yeager269124.264010
Ed Poole267816.20514
Jimmy Burke145110.19604
Mike Smith440.00000


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
Deacon Phillippe3729622122.22103
Jack Chesbro36287.221102.38129
Jesse Tannehill35252.118102.18118
Sam Leever211761452.8682
Ed Poole1280543.6026
Ed Doheny1176.2622.0028
George Merritt324304.885
Rube Waddell27.2029.394

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
Snake Wiltse744.1144.2610



  1. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the name of Pittsburgh was often spelled without the 'h'.
  2. Snake Wiltse page at Baseball Reference
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