1903 Detroit Tigers season

1903 Detroit Tigers
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Owner(s) Samuel F. Angus
Manager(s) Ed Barrow
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1903 was the third year for the Detroit Tigers in the still-new American League. The team finished in fifth place with a record or 65–71 (.478), 25 games behind the Boston Americans. The 1903 Tigers outscored their opponents 567 to 539. The team's attendance at Bennett Park was 224,523, sixth out of the eight teams in the AL.

Regular season

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Americans 9147 0.659 49–20 42–27
Philadelphia Athletics 7560 0.556 14½ 44–21 31–39
Cleveland Naps 7763 0.550 15 49–25 28–38
New York Highlanders 7262 0.537 17 41–26 31–36
Detroit Tigers 6571 0.478 25 37–28 28–43
St. Louis Browns 6574 0.468 26½ 38–32 27–42
Chicago White Stockings 6077 0.438 30½ 41–28 19–49
Washington Senators 4394 0.314 47½ 29–40 14–54

Record vs. opponents

1903 American League Records

Sources:
Team BOS CWS CLE DET NY PHI STL WSH
Boston 14–612–810–9–113–713–614–615–5–2
Chicago 6–1410–1010–97–11–16–149–1112–8
Cleveland 8–1210–109–1114–69–1111–916–4
Detroit 9–10–19–1011–910–911–96–149–10
New York 7–1311–7–16–149–1010–8–115–514–5
Philadelphia 6–1314–611–99–118–10–111–816–3–1
St. Louis 6–1411–99–1114–65–158–1112–8
Washington 5–15–28–124–1610–95–143–16–18–12

Roster

1903 Detroit Tigers
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
CDeacon McGuire7224862.250021
1BCharlie Carr135548154.281279
2BHeinie Smith9333675.223122
3BJoe Yeager109402103.256043
SSSport McAllister7826569.260022
OFSam Crawford137550184.335489
OFJimmy Barrett136517163.315231
OFBilly Lush119423116.274133

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
Herman Long6923953.222023
Fritz Buelow6319241.214113
Kid Elberfeld3513245.341019
Doc Gessler2910525.238012
Ernie Courtney237417.23006
Jack Burns113710.27003
John Murphy5224.18201
Simon Nicholls283.37500
Paddy Greene130.00000

Note: pitchers' batting statistics not included

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
George Mullin41320.719152.25170
Bill Donovan35307.017162.29187
Frank Kitson31257.7151622.58102
Rube Kisinger16118.7792.9633
John Deering1060.7343.8614
Mal Eason756.3253.3621
John Skopec639.3223.4314
Harry Kane318028.5010
Joe Yeager19014.001
Alex Jones28.70112.462

Awards and honors

League top five finishers

Jimmy Barrett

  • AL leader in on-base percentage (.407)
  • AL leader in bases on balls (74)
  • AL leader in times on base (243)
  • #4 in AL in batting average (.315)
  • #3 in AL in runs scored (95)
  • #3 in AL in plate appearances (615)
  • #4 in AL in singles (138)

Sam Crawford

  • AL leader in runs created (98)
  • MLB leader in triples (25)
  • #2 in AL in batting average (.335)
  • #2 in AL in hits (184)
  • #2 in AL in total bases (269)
  • #3 in AL in OPS (.855)
  • #3 in AL in times on base (211)
  • #4 in AL in slugging percentage (.489)
  • #4 in AL in sacrifice hits (25)
  • #5 in AL in RBIs (89)

Bill Donovan

  • #2 in AL in strikeouts (187)
  • #2 in MLB in hits allowed per 9 innings pitched (7.24)
  • #2 in AL in strikeouts per 9 innings pitched (5.48)
  • #2 in AL in bases on balls allowed (95)
  • #5 in AL in wild pitches (7)

Harry "Candy" Kane

  • 2nd youngest player in AL (19)

Frank Kitson

  • #4 in AL in home runs allowed (8)

Billy Lush

  • MLB leader in sacrifice hits (34)
  • #2 in AL in bases on balls (70)
  • #3 in on-base percentage (.379)

Deacon McGuire

  • 2nd oldest player in the AL (39)

George Mullin

  • AL leader in saves (2)
  • AL leader in bases on balls allowed (106)
  • #2 in AL in shutouts (6)
  • #2 in games (41)
  • #3 in AL in batters faced (1345)
  • #5 in AL in strikeouts per 9 innings pitched (4.77)
  • #5 in AL in strikeouts (170)
  • #6 in AL in ERA (2.26)

Joe Yeager

  • #4 in AL in times hit by pitch (9)

References

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