1905 Philadelphia Athletics season

1905 Philadelphia Athletics
1905 AL Champions
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Owner(s) Benjamin Shibe, Tom Shibe, John Shibe, Connie Mack, Sam Jones, Frank Hough
Manager(s) Connie Mack
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The 1905 Philadelphia Athletics season was a season in American baseball. The team finished first in the American League with a record of 92 wins and 56 losses, winning their first pennant. They went on to face the New York Giants in the 1905 World Series, losing 4 games to 1.

The pitching staff featured three future Hall of Famers: Rube Waddell, Eddie Plank, and Chief Bender. Waddell easily won the pitching triple crown in 1905, with 27 wins, 287 strikeouts, and a 1.48 earned run average.

Regular season

The A's offense scored the most runs in the league. Slugger Harry Davis led all players in home runs, runs scored, and runs batted in.

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Philadelphia Athletics 9256 0.622 51–22 41–34
Chicago White Sox 9260 0.605 2 50–29 42–31
Detroit Tigers 7974 0.516 15½ 45–30 34–44
Boston Americans 7874 0.513 16 44–32 34–42
Cleveland Naps 7678 0.494 19 41–36 35–42
New York Highlanders 7178 0.477 21½ 40–35 31–43
Washington Senators 6487 0.424 29½ 33–42 31–45
St. Louis Browns 5499 0.353 40½ 34–42 20–57

Record vs. opponents

1905 American League Records

Sources:
Team BOS CWS CLE DET NY PHI STL WSH
Boston 6–16–114–810–1213–87–1515–713–8
Chicago 16–6–113–911–11–115–7–19–12–114–7–114–8–1
Cleveland 8–149–1312–1012–107–1514–8–114–8
Detroit 12–1011–11–110–1213–89–1313–911–11
New York 8–137–15–110–128–138–11–115–715–7–1
Philadelphia 15–712–9–115–713–911–8–115–7–111–9–1
St. Louis 7–157–14–18–14–19–137–157–15–19–13
Washington 8–138–14–18–1411–117–15–19–11–113–9

Birth of the Elephant mascot

After New York Giants' manager John McGraw told reporters that Philadelphia manufacturer Ben Shibe, who owned the controlling interest in the Athletics, had a "white elephant on his hands", manager Connie Mack defiantly adopted the white elephant as the team mascot, and presented McGraw with a stuffed toy elephant at the start of the 1905 World Series. McGraw and Mack had known each other for years, and McGraw accepted it graciously.

Roster

1905 Philadelphia Athletics
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
COssee Schreckengost123420114.271045
1BHarry Davis150607173.285883
2BDanny Murphy151537149.277671
3BLave Cross147587156.266077
SSJohn Knight8832566.203329
LFTopsy Hartsel150538148.275028
CFDanny Hoffman120459120.261135
RFSocks Seybold133492135.274659

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
Monte Cross7925267.266024
Bris Lord6623857.239013
Doc Powers4012118.149010
Harry Barton296010.16703

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
Eddie Plank41346.224122.26210
Rube Waddell46328.227101.48287
Andy Coakley352551881.84145
Weldon Henley25183.24112.6082
Joseph Myers15003.605

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
Chief Bender3522918112.83142
Jimmy Dygert635.1144.3324

1905 World Series

NL New York Giants (4) vs AL Philadelphia Athletics (1)

GameScoreDateLocationAttendance
1Giants – 3, Athletics – 0October 9Columbia Park17,995
2Athletics – 3, Giants – 0October 10Polo Grounds24,992
3Giants – 9, Athletics – 0October 12Columbia Park10,991
4Athletics – 0, Giants – 1October 13Polo Grounds13,598
5Athletics – 0, Giants – 2October 14Polo Grounds24,187

Awards and honors

American League top five finishers

Andy Coakley

  • #4 earned run average (1.84)

Lave Cross

  • #2 runs batted in (77)

Harry Davis

  • #1 runs batted in (83)
  • #1 home runs (8)
  • #1 runs scored (93)
  • #4 slugging percentage (.422)

Topsy Hartsel

  • #1 on-base percentage (.409)
  • #4 runs scored (88)
  • #4 stolen bases (37)

Danny Hoffman

  • #1 in stolen bases (46)

Eddie Plank

  • #2 wins (24)
  • #2 strikeouts (210)

Rube Waddell

  • #1 wins (27)
  • #1 earned run average (1.48)
  • #1 strikeouts (287)
  • #2 shutouts (7)

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