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Old 12-23-2018, 02:59 AM   #1
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Baseball a Parallel History 1901-now

There are very few things in this world that have stood the test of time. One of those is Baseball. Baseball has been one of the rocks that American culture has been built on. At the centre of that rock is Major League Baseball and its intertwined minor leagues.

Major League Baseball was founded in 1901 when Mr William Sutherland bought together the ailing National League and the new American League to form 1 co-joined major league. This joining was not without its troubles but under the stewardship of commissioners like William Sutherland the MLB weathered the early storms to become the strong entity it is today.

What follows is the history of the MLB and all of baseballs minor leagues up to the present day.
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1901 Season

The first season of the MLB was a turbulent one with a new league structure, format and teams. While these on field situations were ultimately resolved and the season played out without any difficulties things off the field were still up in the air.

The most contentious issue surrounded the place that coloured players had in the game of baseball. The MLB was riven with arguments on this topic and it was only when Mr Sutherland finally took a stand that the teams coalesced around a position for all teams to follow. The final decision was that the league would be integrated and allow coloured players but each team would be allowed to make its own signing decisions and could decide not to allow coloured players if they wished. As it happened the first coloured player to make it into the league was still some distance off. This was firstly due to a lack of talent in the coloured leagues and also due to the teams reluctance to be the first to sign a coloured player.

A second important but far less controversial decision that the league took was the introduction of a hall of fame. The only real controversy on the decision was where to site this institution. Again it took a lot of wrangling but finally it was agreed that it would be based at the head quarters of the league in New York. The hall itself would consist of a room or rooms with a plaque for each inductee alongside photos and stories about their time playing baseball. The league would also ask the players and their families if they wished to provide any memorabilia that could also be on show for fans to see. With this set up a league committee was convened to decide on the players from the pre MLB era that would be allowed to join the hall of fame. The final decision saw the following inaugural inductees into the hall of fame.

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Future additions to the hall of fame from the MLB were to be decided on a players retirement with the committee making the decision at the time of retirement.

On the field of play things ran more smoothly. April saw a major milestone for Cincinnati Reds star Jake Beckley. He picked up hit number 2000 of his professional career. July the 2nd was a major day for Cy Young of the Boston Americans as he won game number 300 of his professional career.

There was a big day for Christy Mathewson on the 9th June as he threw the first no hitter of his career. It didn't quite make a perfect game as he gave up 3 walks but he went mighty close.

In season transactions

July

Philadelphia Phillies swap LF Jimmy Slagle with Chicago Orphans 2B Jack Doyle and 3B Tommy Sheehan
Pittsburgh Pirates swap Pitcher Sam Leever with Brooklyn Superbas RF Lefty Davis
Chicago White Sox swap Pitchers John Skopec and Jack McAleese with the Washington Senators SS Billy Clingman
Brooklyn Superbas swap Pitcher Frank Kitson with Milwaukee Brewers LF Bill Hallman, CF Josh Clarke and $21
Cincinnati Reds swap 2B Pete O'Brien with Boston Beaneaters 3B Bobby Lowe and $219
Boston Beaneaters swap SS Herman Long with Cleveland Blues 3B Danny Shay and C Paddy Livingston
Cincinnati Reds swap SS Tommy Corcoran with Philadelphia Athletics Pitcher Dummy Leitner, RF Phil Geier and $114
Washington Senators swap 2B Joe Quinn with New York Giants 2B Curt Bernard
Boston Americans swap C Lou Criger and Pitcher Fred Mitchell with Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Bill Reidy
Philadelphia Athletics swap Pitcher Bill Bernhard with Boston Americans 1B Jack Slattery

The season itself was a strong one for the Boston Americans and the Pittsburgh Pirates as they both took their first pennant under the new MLB league structure. The Boston Americans took the American league title by 6 games after a hard fought battle with the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox. The Pittsburgh Pirates took a while to get going but then stretched away from the pack during July and August to have an easier run in to the end of the season to win by 12 games in the National League.

There were excellent performances around the league from lots of players. Nap Lajoie of the Philadelphia Athletics won the American League Batting crown after hitting for .425 over the season. He also topped the RBI and home run tables with 18 homers and 136 RBI's to take the MLB's first batting triple crown. The American League pitching was dominated by Cy Young who had the best ERA at 1.98 on his way to a league topping 28 wins. He missed out on the triple crown as Ned Garvin of the Milwaukee Brewers beat him by 3 strike outs to take that title with 172.

The National League was not to be out done by the American League and produced their own triple crown winner as pitcher Doc White of the Philadelphia Phillies went mad in his first full season in professional ball. He picked up 26 wins with an ERA of 1.70 and 225 strikeouts to be top man on the mound. The batting crown was a harder fought battle in the National league as Charlie Hickman came out on top with his .367 batting average. Hickman tied for most home runs alongside Ginger Beaumont of the Philadelphia Phillies on 10 while Beaumont's teammate Ed Delahanty took the most RBI's on 100 for the season.

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1901 standings and play offs

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Play Offs

The World Series saw the Boston Americans and Pittsburgh Pirates square off over a best of 7 games series

Game 1 was a tight affair with the Boston Americans winning 3-2 over 10 innings. Both pitchers were on top of their game but it was Cy Young that just proved stronger than Rube Waddell at the end.

Game 2 saw the Pittsburgh Pirates tie up the series after another close one 4-3. Pitcher Deacon Phillippe was the star man after a 5 hit, 3 run game.

Game 3 saw another one go the distance as the Boston Americans won the game 5-4 over 10 innings. George Winter was the better of the 2 pitchers, going the full 10 for 10 hits and 4 runs given up.

Game 4 and pitching continued to dominate the news in the world series as the Americans moved within 1 win of the title. They took the game 2-1 on the back of a second superb performance by Cy Young. Young gave up 6 hits and 1 run over the 9 innings he pitched.

Game 5 finally saw the Americans shake off the Pittsburgh Pirates. They took the game easily 7-1 to win the world series and become the first champions of the MLB era. Win Kellum was player of the game.

Player of the series went to Buck Freeman of the Boston Americans for his 10 hits, 5 runs (including 1 home run) and 3 RBI's.
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1901-1902 Off Season

The 1901-1902 off season saw some more turmoil for the MLB as it tried to improve on its first full year. It was decided by the league that the team in Milwaukee was not working after coming last in the American League and struggling to pull in the fans. The decision was to move the team to St. Louis and call them the Browns. The decision was not unanimous with the St. Louis Cardinals and Baltimore Orioles owners voting against the move.

Other team changes saw the Cleveland Blues change their name to the Cleveland Bronchos. This was easily approved by the league.

Notable retirements in 1901 included

CF Tom Brown
1B Roger Connor
SS Jack Glasscock
3B Arlie Latham
C Jim O'Rourke
RF Sam Thompson

It was decided after review to only admit 1 player into the hall of fame for 1902. This player was Roger Connor to recognise the fact he led the pre MLB home run stats. All other players were deemed not to be of the level required to make the hall of fame.
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Off Season Transactions

Pittsburgh Pirates swap 3B Terry Turner and 1B Truck Eagan with Washington Senators 1B Mike Grady.
Boston Beaneaters swap RF Billy Lush with St Louis Browns CF Hugh Duffy and C John Butler.
Philadelphia Phillies swap C Klondike Douglass with Detroit Tigers 2B Kid Gleason.
Chicago Orphans swap 2B Ed Abbaticchio with St. Louis Browns Pitcher Frank Kitson.
New York Giants swap LF Frank Huelsman, LF Jim Jones and Pitcher Larry Hesterfer with Boston Americans RF Charlie Hemphill.
Washington Senators swap RF Sam Dungan with New York Giants Pitcher Doc Amole and 1B Charlie Buelow.
New York Giants swap Pitcher Willie Mills for Chicago White Sox Pitcher Jack Katoll.
Chicago White Sox swap Pitcher Clark Griffith with Brooklyn Superbas C Deacon McGuire and LF Josh Clarke.
Boston Beaneaters swap 1B Fred Tenney with Washington Senators LF Pop Foster and SS Rudy Hulswitt.
Detroit Tigers swap RF Ducky J Holmes for Washington Senators 1B Tim Jordan and 1B Truck Eagan.
Boston Beaneaters swap RF Shad Barry with Detroit Tigers Pitcher Joe Yeager.
Detroit Tigers swap C Sport McAllister, 1B Truck Eagan and RF Shad Barry with Cincinnati Reds 2B George Magoon.
Boston Beaneaters swap P Togie Pittinger with Baltimore Orioles LF Jim Jackson and LF Frank Foutz.
Cincinnati Reds swap SS Charlie Irwin and Pitcher Crese Heismann with Chicago Orphans RF Jimmy Slagle.

The inaugural draft took place on the 15th of December 1901 and here are the first 3 rounds of that draft.

Round 1
Chicago Orphans Pitcher Addie Joss
St. Louis Browns Pitcher Ed Walsh
Washington Senators Pitcher Bob Ewing
Boston Beaneaters CF George R Stone
Detroit Tigers 2B Johnny Evers
Brooklyn Superbas Pitcher Chappie McFarland
St. Louis Cardinals Pitcher Carl Lundgren
Cleveland Bronchos SS Joe Tinker
Cincinnati Reds 3B Art Devlin
Philadelphia Athletics Pitcher Rube Vickers
Chicago White Sox Pitcher George Mullin
Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher Otto Hess
New York Giants Pitcher Charles Baum
Baltimore Orioles LF Patsy Dougherty
Boston Americans Pitcher Ham Iburg
Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher Louis LeRoy

Round 2
Chicago Orphans 3B Mike Mitchell
St. Louis Browns Pitcher Hooks Wiltse
Washington Senators Pitcher Fred Burchell
Boston Beaneaters Pitcher Fred Glade (Did not sign)
Detroit Tigers C Harry Bemis
Brooklyn Superbas Pitcher Bob Rhoads
St. Louis Cardinals Pitcher Slow Joe Doyle
Cleveland Bronchos RF Frank Schulte
Cincinnati Reds CF Homer Smoot
Philadelphia Athletics C Lew Drill
Chicago White Sox Pitcher Cy Falkenberg
Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher Beany Jacobson
New York Giants Pitcher Frank E Smith
Baltimore Orioles Pitcher Rusty Hall (Did not sign)
Boston Americans Pitcher Barney Wolfe
Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher Alex Pearson

Round 3
Chicago Orphans LF Larry Schlafly
St. Louis Browns Pitcher Doc Adkins
Washington Senators Pitcher Jim St. Vrain
Boston Beaneaters 2B Roy Hartzell
Detroit Tigers 2B Charlie Loudenslager
Brooklyn Superbas Pitcher Ed Killian
St. Louis Cardinals Pitcher Joseph Sporer
Cleveland Bronchos Pitcher Clarence Currie
Cincinnati Reds Pitcher Phil Deller
Philadelphia Athletics C Ed Phelps
Chicago White Sox Pitcher James Durham
Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher Doc Scanlan
New York Giants Pitcher Ginger Clark
Baltimore Orioles RF Bunk Congalton
Boston Americans SS Oller Maas
Pittsburgh Pirates SS Heinie Wagner
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1902 Season

The second season of the MLB saw a good product on the field of play but behind the scenes things were not always as rosy as they could be. The trouble caused by the movement of the Milwaukee Brewers to St. Louis was the main issue. The Baltimore Orioles owners were very vociferous in their comments about the league and the way it forced through the move. They were especially scathing about Mr Sutherland.

This did not sit well with the 14 owners that backed the move, the St. Louis Cardinals staying out of the fight. They were very strong in their demand that the Baltimore Orioles owners back down and stick to the league rules on what could be said publicly about the league and its management. This was not taken well in Baltimore and the Orioles owners threatened to remove their team from the remaining fixtures. Mr Sutherland could not have a team resist like this and a meeting of all the owners was called at the end of the 1902 season. No-one has ever commented on what was said at this meeting as no minutes were taken but the final outcome was that the Baltimore Orioles were put up for sale at the end of the 1902 season.

On the field the wrangling did not affect the quality of play as the baseball kept the crowds flocking in.

The big news from the early games was how long 1901 batting champion, Nap Lajoie, could keep his hitting streak going. The streak started towards the back end of 1901 with 22 games on the streak before he then hit for the first 28 games of the 1902 season. This led to a new league record of 50 games in a row with a hit before it finally ended on the 27th May.

The attention turned to the Philadelphia Athletics in July as they silently made a move for the American League pennant. The back end of July saw them make it 12 in a row to set the new mark for longest winning streak in the MLB.

Late July showed a change of scenery is sometimes what a player needs. Mal Eason had just moved from the Chicago Orphans to the Boston Beaneaters when he played the best game of his career so far. The 26th July was the date and he stood on the mound like he always did. This time though he was zoned in like never before and produced a no hitter that he will always remember. The only thing that let him down were the 2 walks and an error by one of his teammates that meant no perfect game.

The 26th of July was also a good day for George Van Haltren of the New York Giants as he produced hit number 2500 of his career.

3 players were in the news over August as they showed how hard work can help a career. Ed Delahanty of the Philadelphia Phillies was first up as he made 2500 hits over his career. Herman Long of the Cincinnati Reds got to 2000 hits after his move in July meant more playing time. Finally Lave Cross of the Philadelphia Athletics pushed his total of hits to 2000 for his career.

September and it was the turn of George Davis of the New York Giants to reach 2000 hits over his career.

In season transactions

July
Pittsburgh Pirates swap Pitcher Jack Chesbro with Baltimore Orioles RF Cy Seymour.
Boston Beaneaters swap CF Billy Hamilton with Chicago Orphans Pitcher Mal Eason and Pitcher Crese Heismann.
Boston Beaneaters swap Pitcher Duke Esper and CF Pop Foster with Chicago Orphans 1B Scoops Carey.
St. Louis Browns swap C Lou Criger with Cincinnati Reds Pitcher Doc Newton.
Cincinnati Reds swap RF Algie McBride with Cleveland Bronchos 2B Herman Long.

Over the course of the season there was some excellent play and it was the turn of the Philadelphia Athletics and New York Giants to prove they were the best in their respective leagues. Pennant number 1 for the Philadelphia Athletics came off of a strong July that included their 12 game winning streak. They moved into prime position with this run and never looked back as they beat off the strong challenge of last season's champions, the Boston Americans by 2 games. The New York Giants were another team that used a mid season surge to get the pennant. They were always in the hunt early on but did not move into the lead until late July. Once in the lead they battled all the way to the finish to beat the Brooklyn Superbas to the title by 3 games.

The American League batting title was again won by Nap Lajoie in 1902. He led the league with a batting average of .376. There was no triple crown this year as 3 players shared the home run title with 9 apiece. Buck Freeman of the Boston Americans was the RBI leader on 97 over the year. Eddie Plank of the Philadelphia Athletics has the best Pitching ERA over the course of the season at 1.96. His teammate Wiley Piatt took home the most wins with 25 while the strikeout king in the American League was Togie Pittinger of the Baltimore Orioles at 151.

Ed Delahanty of the Philadelphia Phillies was the 1902 National League Batting champion with a batting average of .359. Honus Wagner of the Pittsburgh Pirates took home the home run title with 8 over the season. Joe Kelley had the RBI title as his 109 helped Brooklyn to second in the league table. Bill Donovan of the Brooklyn Superbas was the top pitcher over the season with 25 wins over his starts. Tom J Hughes of the Chicago Orphans had the best ERA of any starter on 1.83 while the strikeout king was Rube Waddell of the Pittsburgh Pirates on 217.
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Game 1 and it was Christy Mathewson that led the way as he helped his New York Giants leave the Philadelphia Athletics cold with a 6-0 win. Mathewson allowed only 3 hits and a walk all game.

Game 2 saw the Philadelphia Athletics bounce back to win a tight affair 4-3 over 10 innings. Wiley Piatt took the win with 11 hits and 3 runs against over his 10 innings.

Game 3 saw the Athletics take the lead in the series for the first time as they took a road win 9-5. Philadelphia Catcher Lew Drill showed the way with 3 hits from 3 at bats for 4 RBI's to add to his home run from game 2.

Game 4 turned into a pitchers contest as the Philadelphia Athletics extended their lead. They won the game 1-0 on only 3 hits as the only run in the third was all they needed. Eddie Plank took the win on 9 innings of 7 hit ball.

Game 5 saw the Philadelphia Athletics reach the summit of baseball as they took the world championship on a 7-1 win. Wiley Piatt took his second win of the series.

Player of the series went to Nap Lajoie of the Philadelphia Athletics for his 9 hits in 21 at bats over the series.
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1902-1903 Off Season

The end of the season saw the sale of the Baltimore Orioles take place swiftly. The sale led to the team being relocated to New York and renamed the Highlanders. For the City of Baltimore this was very costly as the MLB would not come back with a Major League team for over 50 years. For New York it meant a 3rd team sited in the city with New Yorkers getting a glut of Major League baseball to watch.

The Cleveland Bronchos decided to go for another name change. This time they were renamed the Cleveland Naps. While this name change was approved by the league it did not have full approval and the club were warned they could not keep changing their name every year on a whim.

The Chicago Orphans also decided that a name change was required and the league approved their change to the Chicago Cubs starting in the 1903 season.

Noteable Retirements for the end of 1902.

1B Dan Brouthers
RF Hugh Duffy
CF Dummy Hoy
SP Sadie McMahon
SP Jouett Meekin
SP Gus Weyhing

The Hall of Fame committee decided that the only player elected this year would be Dan Brouthers.

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Off Season Transactions

Boston Beaneaters swap Pitcher Skel Roach with Philadelphia Phillies LF Joe B Stanley.
New York Highlanders swap Pitcher Togie Pittinger with Boston Beaneaters 3B Suter Sullivan and LF Joe B Stanley.
New York Highlanders swap Pitcher Joe McGinnity and LF Joe B Stanley with Detroit Tigers 1B Pop Dillon and 1B Tim Jordan.
Washington Senators swap C Boileryard Clarke with New York Giants Pitcher Al Mattern and C John Page.
Chicago White Sox swap RF Herm McFarland with Chicago Cubs SS Charlie Irwin and 3B Mike Mitchell (while retaining 70%).
Cleveland Naps swap LF Jack McCarthy with Philadelphia Atletics Pitcher Rube Vickers, RF Harry Arndt and C Dave Tucker.
Washington Senators swap LF Ducky J Holmes and LF Harry Armbruster with Detroit Tigers 2B Charlie Loudenslager and RF Bob P Hall.
St. Louis Browns swap 2B Ed Abbaticchio with Chicago White Sox Pitcher Otto Newlin and 3B Mike Mitchell.

First Year Player Draft (first 3 rounds)

Round 1

Boston Beaneaters Pitcher Charles Bender
Chicago White Sox Pitcher Mprdecai Brown
Cincinnati Reds RF Gavvy Cravath
Washington Senators Pitcher Fred Glade
Cleveland Naps CF Solly Hofman (Did not sign)
New York Highlanders 1B Jake Stahl (Did not sign)
St. Louis Browns 3B Hans Lobert
Detroit Tigers LF John Titus
Chicago Cubs RF Doc Gessler
Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher Red Ames
Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher Fred Brown (Did not sign)
St. Louis Cardinals Pitcher Weldon Henley
Brooklyn Superbas Pitcher Jack Pfiester
New York Giants Pitcher Kaiser Wilhelm
Boston Americans Pitcher Jake Weimer
Philadelphia Athletics Pitcher Jim Buchanan

Round 2

Boston Beaneaters Pitcher Oscar Jones
Chicago White Sox Pitcher Ben Henderson (Did not sign)
Cincinnati Reds SS Charlie Babb
Washington Senators Pitcher Howie Camnitz
Cleveland Naps Pitcher Barney Pelty
New York Highlanders C Boss Schmidt
St. Louis Browns Pitcher Bill Thomas
Detroit Tigers Pitcher Doc Miller
Chicago Cubs Pitcher Ambrose Puttmann
Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher Frosty Thomas
Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher Andy Coakley
St. Louis Cardinals Pitcher Frank Arellanes
Brooklyn Superbas Pitcher Irv Young
New York Giants Pitcher Gus Thompson
Boston Americans Pitcher Gene W Ford (Did not sign)
Philadelphia Athletics CF Claude Rossman (Did not sign)

Round 3

Boston Beaneaters Pitcher Lew Moren
Chicago White Sox Pitcher Rip Ragan (Did not sign)
Cincinnati Reds RF Jimmy Sebring
Washington Senators Pitcher Bill Foxen
Cleveland Naps CF Al Bridwell
New York Highlanders 2B Mickey Doolin
St. Louis Browns RF Bill Hinchman
Detroit Tigers C Admiral Schlei
Chicago Cubs Pitcher Jack Lee
Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher Bobby Keefe
Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher Jimmy Foulks
St. Louis Cardinals Pitcher Lave Winham
Brooklyn Superbas Pitcher Jack Fitzgerald
New York Giants Pitcher John Halla
Boston Americans Pitcher Earl Zook
Philadelphia Athletics C Frank Roth
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1903 Season

After the troubles of 1902, the 1903 season started with the league finding itself far more settled. The new club in New York was taking shape and everything looked good for the MLB as it headed into its third season of play.

There were some discussions about increasing the season length before the start of the year but nothing changed and the season was left at 140 games. The only change made to the current schedule was to increase the final championship series to 9 games to see if this would work.

On the field the 1903 season progressed as expected with fan numbers up again and lots of good play from all of the players.

Patsy Donovan of the St. Louis Cardinals was the first player to be in the news for his career accomplishments as he made hit number 2000 during on the 9th June. It was not until August that others started to join him. Willie Keeler of the Brooklyn Superbas made it to 2000 as well on the 5th of August.

Jesse Burkett of the St. Louis Cardinals went to number 2500 in his hit column as he continued to show the way to the youngsters. Jake Beckley of the Cincinnati Reds joined him a few days later on the 2500 hit mark.

Cy Young continued his pursuit of the all time win record as he hauled in win number 350 at the end of August leaving him only 14 games short of Pud Galvin's all time record of 364.

The 13th of July was a good day for Win Mercer of the Washington Senators as he was told that he had now equaled the record for career saves at 16. He now sits top with Kid Nichols who also has 16 and could still extend this as he is still active.

In Season Transactions

July
Boston Beaneaters swap LF Duff Cooley and 2B Roy Hartzell with Boston Americans SS Oller Maas and C Ira Thomas.
Philadelphia Phillies swap SS Monte Cross with St. Louis Browns Pitcher Doc Newton.
St. Louis Cardinals swap 2B Dick Padden with Philadelphia Phillies RF George Browne.

The season ending up being a bit of an anti climax as the 2 pennant winners streaked away from all opposition in both the American and National Leagues. The Philadelphia Athletics were never in danger of losing their American League pennant as they led the league from the start. They ended up taking the pennant by 14 games from the Cleveland Naps and Boston Americans. The National League was even more one sided as the Pittsburgh Pirates got back to the top of the table to win the NL pennant back. There winning margin of 18 games is the biggest so far in the MLB. The Cincinnati Reds were their closest rivals.

The National League gave the MLB it's third triple crown winner in 3 seasons. This achievement went to Ed Delahanty of the Philadelphia Phillies. Delahanty won the batting crown with a batting average of .363. He also picked up 11 home runs and 94 RBI's for the top spot in both of these categories (though he did have to share the home run title with 2 other players). On the pitching side the NL was led by Jesse Tannehill of the Pittsburgh Pirates with his 27 wins. He also had the best ERA of any NL pitcher on 1.46. He failed to make the triple crown as he was no where near the strikeout count of his teammate Rube Waddell who had 268 victims.

The American League saw Nap Lajoie of the Philadelphia Athletics win his 3rd batting crown in 3 years. His batting average of .371 saw him top of the tree again. Buck Freeman of the Boston Americans was the top home run hitter in the league as he swiped 14 over the 1903 season. Socks Seybold of the Philadelphia Athletics had the most RBI's on 102 over the season. Eddie Plank of the Philadelphia Athletics picked up the most wins during the AL 1903 season with 26. Earl Moore of the Cleveland Naps had the best ERA over the season on 1.74. Jack Chesbro of the New York Highlanders was the AL strikeout king on 182.
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1903 Standings and Play Offs

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Game 1 saw Rube Waddell in fine form as the Pittsburgh Pirates took the first game of the series 5-1. His 9 innings of 3 hits and 1 run gave him player of the game.

The Pirates made it 2 in a row as Jesse Tannehill led them to a 7-3 victory at Exposition Park. Mike Grady picked up a home run for the Pirates.

Game 3 saw the series move to Philadelphia but the result was the same as the Pirates took a commanding 3 game lead on the back of an 8-2 win. Deacon Phillippe gave up only 1 earned run on 9 hits over his 9 innings.

Game 4 and the Pittsburgh Pirates pushed further ahead with another strong performance from Rube Waddell. He blanked the Athletics in his teams 9-0 win, giving up only 6 hits along the way.

Game 5 proved that the Pirates were the class of the league this year as they took home their first championship win. The actual game was a tight affair as the Pirates won 2-1, after a late 2 run comeback in inning 9, thanks to a second home run of the series from Mike Grady.

Rube Waddell earned man of the series for his 2 outstanding pitching performances in the 5 games.
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