1912 Boston Red Sox season

1912 Boston Red Sox
1912 World Series Champions
1912 American League Champions
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Owner(s) John I. Taylor
Jimmy McAleer
Manager(s) Jake Stahl
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The 1912 Boston Red Sox season was the twelfth season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. This was the first year that the team played its home games at Fenway Park. The Red Sox finished first in the American League (AL) with a record of 105 wins and 47 losses. The team set or tied franchise records for most wins, fewest losses, and highest winning percentage in a season (.691) – these records still stand, through the end of the 2017 season.[1]

The team then faced the National League (NL) champion New York Giants in the 1912 World Series, which the Red Sox won in eight games to capture the franchise's second World Series. One of the deciding plays in the World Series was a muffed fly ball by Giants outfielder Fred Snodgrass, which became known as the "$30,000 muff" in reference to the prize money for the winning team.[2]

Behind center fielder Tris Speaker and pitcher Smoky Joe Wood, the Red Sox led the league in runs scored and fewest runs allowed. Speaker was third in batting and was voted league Most Valuable Player. Wood won 34 games, including a record 16 in a row. Although the pitching staff was satisfactory, the only star pitcher was Wood, while the only star in the starting lineup was Speaker. Little-known third baseman Larry Gardner was the next best hitter, while future Hall of Famer Harry Hooper had a poor offensive season.


The Red Sox made several transactions during the 1912 offseason.[3] In February 1912, Rip Williams was sold to the New York Highlanders, although the exact date of the transaction is currently unknown.[3] The Red Sox sold two players to the Chicago White Sox during the offseason: Jack Fournier on February 6 and Eddie Cicotte on July 9.[3] Later in the year, on November 25, Hugh Bradley was sold to the Jersey City Giants minor league baseball team of the International League.[3] The only purchase made by the Red Sox that offseason was their purchase of Neal Ball from the Cleveland Naps on June 25 for $2500.[3]

Regular season

The new Red Sox home stadium, Fenway Park opened on April 20, the same day as Navin Field in Detroit opened.[4] It was supposed to be opened on April 18 (like Navin Field) but it rained in both cities on that day.[5]

On April 26, Hugh Bradley became the first player to hit a home run over the Green Monster at Fenway Park.[6] It was his only home run of the 1912 season, and one of only two he hit in his career, which spanned five seasons.[7]

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Red Sox 10547 0.691 57–20 48–27
Washington Senators 9161 0.599 14 45–32 46–29
Philadelphia Athletics 9062 0.592 15 45–31 45–31
Chicago White Sox 7876 0.506 28 34–43 44–33
Cleveland Naps 7578 0.490 30½ 41–35 34–43
Detroit Tigers 6984 0.451 36½ 37–39 32–45
St. Louis Browns 53101 0.344 53 27–50 26–51
New York Highlanders 50102 0.329 55 31–44 19–58

Record vs. opponents

1912 American League Records

Boston 16–6–111–11–115–619–215–717–512–10
Chicago 6–16–111–1114–8–113–912–1013–9–29–13
Cleveland 11–11–111–1113–913–8–18–1415–74–18
Detroit 6–158–14–19–1316–69–1313–98–14
New York 2–199–138–13–16–165–1713–97–15
Philadelphia 7–1510–1214–813–917–516–613–7–1
St. Louis 5–179–13–27–159–139–136–168–14–1
Washington 10–1213–918–414–815–77–13–114–8–1

Opening Day lineup

On April 11, 1912, the Red Sox defeated the New York Highlanders 5–3 in an away game.[8]

Harry HooperRF
Steve Yerkes2B
Tris SpeakerCF
Jake Stahl1B
Larry Gardner3B
Duffy LewisLF
Heinie WagnerSS
Les NunamakerC
Buck O'BrienP


1912 Boston Red Sox
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager

Player stats


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
3BLarry Gardner143517163.315386
OFTris Speaker153580222.3831090
OFHarry Hooper147590143.242253

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
Hugh Bradley4013726.190119


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
Smoky Joe Wood433443451.91258
Hugh Bedient412312092.92122

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
Eddie Cicotte946135.6720

Relief pitchers

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Jack Bushelman31004.705

Awards and honors

League top five finishers

Duffy Lewis

  • #2 in AL in RBI (109)[9]

Tris Speaker

  • MLB leader in on-base percentage (.464)[10]
  • AL leader in home runs (10)[10]
  • #2 in AL in runs scored (136)[10]
  • #3 in AL in batting average (.383)[10]
  • #3 in AL in slugging percentage (.567)[10]
  • #4 in AL in stolen bases (52)[10]

Smoky Joe Wood

  • MLB leader in wins (34)[11]
  • MLB leader in shutouts (10)[11]
  • #2 in AL in ERA (1.91)[11]
  • #2 in AL in strikeouts (258)[11]

World series

The 1912 World Series was played between the New York Giants of the NL and the Red Sox of the AL. The Red Sox won in 8 games 4–3, tying the Giants 6–6 in Game 2.

AL Boston Red Sox (4) vs. NL New York Giants (3)[12]

1Red Sox – 4, Giants – 3,October 8Polo Grounds35,730
2Giants – 6, Red Sox – 6October 9Fenway Park30,148
3Giants – 2, Red Sox – 1October 10Fenway Park34,624
4Red Sox – 3, Giants – 1October 11Polo Grounds36,502
5Giants – 1, Red Sox – 2October 12Fenway Park34,683
6Red Sox – 2, Giants – 5October 14Polo Grounds30,622
7Giants – 11, Red Sox – 4October 15Fenway Park32,694
8Giants – 2, Red Sox – 3October 16Fenway Park17,034


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