1903 Washington Senators season

1903 Washington Senators
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Owner(s) Ban Johnson and Fred Postal
Manager(s) Tom Loftus
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The 1903 Washington Senators won 43 games, lost 94, and finished in eighth place in the American League. They were managed by Tom Loftus and played home games at National Park.

Washington had finished in sixth place in each of the previous two seasons (the first two seasons of the American League's existence). However, they fell to eighth and last in 1903. Their only star player, Big Ed Delahanty, got drunk and fell off a bridge into Niagara Falls midway through the season.

The Senators' pitching had always been bad, and indeed, they would allow the most runs in the AL, but without Delahanty the offense sputtered to a halt. Their collective batting average was .231, bad even for the dead-ball era, and no one drove in more than 49 runs.

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

Notable transactions

Roster

1903 Washington Senators
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
CMalachi Kittridge6019241.214016
1BBoileryard Clarke126465111.239238
3BBill Coughlin125473116.245131
SSCharles Moran9837384.225124
OFWatty Lee7523148.208013
OFJimmy Ryan114437109.249746
OFKip Selbach140533134.251349

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
Scoops Carey4818337.202023
Ed Delahanty4215652.333121
Lew Drill5115439.253023
Joe Martin3511927.227027
Ducky Holmes217116.22518

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
Casey Patten3630011223.60133
Al Orth36279.210224.3488
Highball Wilson30242.17183.3156
Watty Lee22166.28123.0870
Davey Dunkle14108.1594.2451

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
Happy Townsend20126.22114.7654

Awards and honors

League top five finishers

Al Orth

  • AL leader in earned runs allowed (135)
  • #2 in AL in losses (22)
  • #2 in AL in hits allowed (326)

Casey Patten

  • AL leader in home runs allowed (11)
  • #2 in AL in losses (22)
  • #3 in AL in earned runs allowed (120)
  • #4 in AL in hits allowed (313)
  • #4 in AL in walks allowed (80)

Notes

References

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