1903 Pittsburgh Pirates season

1903 Pittsburgh Pirates
1903 National League Champions
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Owner(s) Barney Dreyfuss
Manager(s) Fred Clarke
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The 1903 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 22nd year the Pittsburgh Pirates[1] played in Major League Baseball. The club finish their season as National League champions, beating the second-place New York Giants by 6½ games. They went on to participate in the 1903 World Series, the first to be played between the champions of the National League and American League. The Pirates started off well, winning 3 of the first four games, but the Boston Americans won the last four straight to win the series five games to three. The Pirates set a record of 52 consecutive innings without allowing the opposing team to score a run, a record that still stands today.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Pittsburgh Pirates 9149 0.650 46–24 45–25
New York Giants 8455 0.604 41–27 43–28
Chicago Cubs 8256 0.594 8 45–28 37–28
Cincinnati Reds 7465 0.532 16½ 41–35 33–30
Brooklyn Superbas 7066 0.515 19 40–33 30–33
Boston Beaneaters 5880 0.420 32 31–35 27–45
Philadelphia Phillies 4986 0.363 39½ 25–33 24–53
St. Louis Cardinals 4394 0.314 46½ 22–45 21–49

Record vs. opponents

1903 National League Records

Sources:
Team BOS BR CHC CIN NYG PHI PIT STL
Boston 9–117–13–17–138–1210–8–15–1512–8
Brooklyn 11–98–1210–107–12–211–8–19–1114–4–1
Chicago 13–7–112–89–118–1212–612–816–4
Cincinnati 13–710–1011–912–1012–8–24–1612–7
New York 12–812–7–212–88–1215–510–1015–5–1
Philadelphia 8–10–18–11–16–128–12–25–154–16–110–10
Pittsburgh 15–511–98–1216–410–1016–4–115–5
St. Louis 8–124–14–14–167–125–15–110–105–15

Notable transactions

  • May 28, 1903: Reddy Grey was acquired by the Pirates on loan from the Worcester Riddlers.[3]

Roster

1903 Pittsburgh Pirates
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

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Jimmy Sebring124506140.277464

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
Harry Smith6121237.175019
George Merritt9274.14803
Reddy Grey131.33301

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
Deacon Phillippe36289.12592.43123
Sam Leever36284.12572.0690
Ed Doheny27222.21683.1975
Brickyard Kennedy18125.1963.4539
Jack Pfiester319036.1615
Lew Moren16019.002

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
Cy Falkenberg1056153.8624

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
George Merritt10002.252

1903 World Series

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Boston Americans

Game 1

October 1, 1903, at Huntington Avenue Grounds in Boston, Massachusetts

The Pirates started Game 1 strong, scoring six runs in the first four innings. They extended their lead to 7–0 on a solo home run by Jimmy Sebring in the 7th, the first home run in World Series history. Boston tried to mount a comeback in the last three innings, but it was too little, too late, as they ended up losing by a score of 7–3 in the first ever World Series game. Both starting pitchers, Deacon Phillippe of the Pirates and Cy Young of Boston, threw complete games, with Phillippe striking out 10 and Young fanning 5, but Young also gave up twice as many hits and allowed 3 earned runs to Phillippe's 2.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 401 100 100 7122
Boston 000 000 201 364
W: Deacon Phillippe (1–0)   L: Cy Young (0–1)  
HR: PITJimmy Sebring (1)

Game 2

October 2, 1903, at Huntington Avenue Grounds in Boston, Massachusetts

After starting out strong in Game 1, the Pirates simply shut down offensively, managing to get a meager 3 hits, all of which were singles. Pirates starter Sam Leever went only one inning and gave up 3 hits and 2 runs before being replaced by Bucky Veil in the second inning due to injury, who finished the game for Pittsburgh. Bill Dinneen struck out 11 and pitched a complete game for the Americans, while Patsy Dougherty hit home runs in the first and sixth innings to produce 2 of the Boston's 3 runs.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 000 000 000 032
Boston 200 001 00X 380
W: Bill Dinneen (1–0)   L: Sam Leever (0–1)  
HR: BOSPatsy Dougherty 2 (2)

Game 3

October 3, 1903, at Huntington Avenue Grounds in Boston, Massachusetts

Deacon Phillippe, pitching on only one day rest, started Game 3 for the Pirates, and did not let them down as he pitched his second complete game victory of the series to put the Pirates up two games to one.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 012 000 010 470
Boston 000 100 010 242
W: Deacon Phillippe (2–0)   L: Tom Hughes (0–1)  

Game 4

October 6, 1903, at Exposition Park in Allegheny, Pennsylvania

After two days of rest, Deacon Phillippe was ready to pitch his second straight game. He threw his third complete game victory of the series against Bill Dinneen, who was pitching in his second start of the series. However, Phillippe's second straight victory was almost not to be, as the Americans, down 5–1 in the top of the ninth, staged a rally to bring the game within one. The comeback attempt failed, though, as Phillippe managed to put an end to it and give the Pirates a commanding 3–1 series lead.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 000 010 003 491
Pittsburgh 100 010 30X 5121
W: Deacon Phillippe (3–0)   L: Bill Dinneen (1–1)  

Game 5

October 7, 1903, at Exposition Park in Allegheny, Pennsylvania

Game 5 was a pitcher's duel for the first five innings, with Boston's Cy Young and Pittsburgh's Brickyard Kennedy giving up no runs. That changed at the top of the sixth, however, when the Americans scored a then-record 6 runs that inning. Young, on the other hand, managed to keep his shutout intact before finally giving up a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth. He went the distance and struck out four for his first World Series win.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 000 006 410 11132
Pittsburgh 000 000 020 264
W: Cy Young (1–1)   L: Brickyard Kennedy (0–1)  

Game 6

October 8, 1903, at Exposition Park in Allegheny, Pennsylvania

Game 6 featured a rematch between the starters of Game 2, Bill Dinneen (Boston) and Sam Leever (Pittsburgh). This time, Leever would pitch the entire game, but despite throwing a complete game he was outmatched by Dinneen, who ended up with his second complete game victory of the series. After losing three of the first four games of the World Series, the underdog Boston Americans had tied the series at three games apiece.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 003 020 100 6101
Pittsburgh 000 000 300 3103
W: Bill Dinneen (2–1)  L: Sam Leever (0–2)

Game 7

October 10, 1903, at Exposition Park in Allegheny, Pennsylvania

The fourth and final game in Allegheny City saw Deacon Phillippe start his fourth game of the series for Pittsburgh. This time, however, he wouldn't fare as well as he did in his first three starts. Cy Young, pitching in his third start of the series, would face a much more favorable fate, holding the Pirates to only three runs.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 200 202 010 7114
Pittsburgh 000 101 001 3103
WP: Cy Young (2–1)  LP: Deacon Phillippe (3–1)

Game 8

October 13, 1903, at Huntington Avenue Grounds in Boston, Massachusetts

The final game of the inaugural World Series started out as an intense pitcher's duel, with no runs being scored until the fourth inning – when a Hobe Ferris single scored two runners. Deacon Phillippe started his fifth and final game of the series, while Bill Dinneen started his fourth game of the series. As he did in Game 2, Dinneen threw a complete game shutout while striking out seven, leading the Boston Americans to victory, while Phillippe, who also threw a respectable game, just couldn't pitch at Dinneen's level due to wearing out his arm in the series (as a result of playing so many games in such a short time span) and gave up three runs in the defeat. Honus Wagner struck out to end the Series.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 000 000 000 043
Boston 000 201 00X 380
W: Bill Dinneen (3–1)  L: Deacon Phillippe (3–2)

Notes

  1. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the name of Pittsburgh was often spelled without the 'h'.
  2. Jack O'Connor page at Baseball Reference
  3. Reddy Grey page at Baseball Reference

References

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