1916 New York Giants season

1916 New York Giants
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Owner(s) Harry Hempstead
Manager(s) John McGraw
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The 1916 New York Giants season was the franchise's 34th season. The team finished in fourth place in the National League with an 86-66 record, 7 games behind the Brooklyn Robins. This season introduced a new uniform design.[1]

Opening day games

The first game of the home season was on April 20, 1916, at the Polo Grounds. John Purroy Mitchel threw the ceremonial first pitch.[1]

Regular season

The 1916 Giants set a major league record with the longest streak by a team of consecutive games without a loss: 27 games. The Giants won 26 and tied once between September 7 to 30.[2] Earlier in the season, the Giants had won 17 consecutive games. Despite the winning streaks no Giants pitcher won 20 games.

For the only time in franchise history,[3] the Giants failed to score a run in a three-game series; they were shut out in all three games against St. Louis, August 20–22.[4][5]

Former Federal League star Benny Kauff led the team in runs batted in and stolen bases.

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Brooklyn Robins 9460 0.610 50–27 44–33
Philadelphia Phillies 9162 0.595 50–29 41–33
Boston Braves 8963 0.586 4 41–31 48–32
New York Giants 8666 0.566 7 47–30 39–36
Chicago Cubs 6786 0.438 26½ 37–41 30–45
Pittsburgh Pirates 6589 0.422 29 37–40 28–49
St. Louis Cardinals 6093 0.392 33½ 36–40 24–53
Cincinnati Reds 6093 0.392 33½ 32–44 28–49

Record vs. opponents

1916 National League Records

Boston 13–914–7–213–9–111–10–111–11–114–8–113–9
Brooklyn 9–1315–7–115–7–115–711–1114–815–7
Chicago 7–14–27–15–19–1310–128–1412–1014–8
Cincinnati 9–13–17–15–113–95–165–1713–98–14
New York 10–11–17–1512–1016–59–1317–5–215–7
Philadelphia 11–11–111–1114–817–513–913–912–9
Pittsburgh 8–14–18–1410–129–135–17–29–1316–6
St. Louis 9–137–158–1414–87–159–126–16

Notable transactions


1916 New York Giants
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters


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
CBill Rariden12035178.222129
1BFred Merkle11240195.237744
2BLarry Doyle113441118.268247
3BBill McKechnie7126064.246017
SSArt Fletcher133500143.286366
OFBenny Kauff154552146.264974
OFDave Robertson150587180.3071269
OFGeorge Burns155623174.279541

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
Heinie Zimmerman4015141.272019
George Kelly497612.15803
Mickey Doolan185112.23513
Herb Hunter21287.25014
José Rodríguez100----00
Duke Kelleher100----00


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
Pol Perritt4025118112.62115
Rube Benton38238.21682.87115
Fred Anderson381889133.4098
Slim Sallee15111.2941.3735

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
Christy Mathewson1265.2342.3316
Emilio Palmero415.2038.048

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
George Smith93002.619
Hank Ritter31000.003

Awards and honors

League top five finishers

George Burns

  • NL leader in runs scored (105)
  • 4th in NL in stolen bases (37)

Benny Kauff

  • 2nd in NL in stolen bases (40)
  • 4th in NL in RBI (74)

Dave Robertson

  • MLB leader in home runs (12)
  • 3rd in NL in runs scored (88)

See also


  1. 1 2 "Mayor Mitchel To Pitch" (PDF). The New York Times. April 20, 1916. Retrieved 2013-12-26.
  2. Baseball's Top 100: The Game's Greatest Records, p.48, Kerry Banks, 2010, Greystone Books, Vancouver, BC, ISBN 978-1-55365-507-7
  3. As of 2014, considering only games from 1914 onwards.
  4. "Team Batting Streak Finder: Longest Streak with R=0 From 1914 to 2014, Playing for SFG". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved May 8, 2014.
  5. The three shutouts by Montreal in September 1980 were part of a four game series.
  6. Herb Hunter page at Baseball Reference

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