Season in review
Another tight race in the NL with dark horse Brooklyn edging out Philadelphia, by clinching the pennant on the 2nd to last day of the season. The Superbas were led by rookie Ed Reulbach (18-11, 2.42) and journeyman Oscar Jones who turned in a career season at 21-16, 3.19. Offensively only Homer Smoot (.308-0-54) hit above .300, but Jimmy Sheckard (.298) did chip in 7 hr’s and 77 RBI. The Phillies had a far superior lineup, but lost Nap Lajoie (.325-6-78) heading into the final week and was a crushing blow, despite the contributions of Elmer Flick (.314-3-82) and CF John Titus (.308-3-70) Pitching was thin for the Phillies with veteran Cy Young (18-9, 2.36) bouncing back after an injury filled 1904 and starting 1905 in minors.
No runaway for the Highlanders in the AL, as they chased the Athletics all season long and could never draw more than a game or two ahead as Philadelphia rode bats of Jace Hunter (.306-2-69) and Socks Seybold (.293-4-89), but it was A’s pitching that truly shined as Weldon Henley (26-7, 1.97), Ned Garvin (21-3, 1.33) and Jay Hughes (19-15, 2.15) formed a formidable Trifecta. New York could have used a another good year from their ace Cy Crooks, but he sunk to 18-18, 2.08 leaving the heavy lifting to the resurgent Finn O’Connell (26-13, 1.28) who returned from the bullpen with a vengeance and first time 20 game winner Rob Neilsen (20-10, 2.02). Rookie Otis Clymer paced the offense at .304-1-61 for the crew from Hilltop Park.
Despite once again having a superior record, the AL was rudely brushed aside in the world series as the mighty A’s managed just 2 runs total being swept by Brooklyn 4-0, 2-1, 4-1 and 4-0 with Oscar Jones and veteran Joe McGinnity recoding the shutouts as the NL wins the fall classic for the 5th straight time.
• Finn O’Connell was the best pitcher in the AL winning the Cy Young award, making the All-Star team with 674,210 votes and leading the Jr. circuit in ERA at 1.28 for the second straight year. Held opponents to a .197 BA for the season.
• Rob Neilsen recorded a career high 20 wins and held opponents to a .144 BA in September.
• Mathurin Hawkins despite an off year (.277) by his standards still made the All-Star team as a starter with 682,470 votes, won the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards for Catchers and led the AL in doubles (50)
• Path Twelve had an impressive first year in St Louis being named the starting CF in the All-Star game with 689,103 votes while winning the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards for CF, and leading the AL in walks (92)
• Rookie Kangee ‘Chief’ Twinfeather led the AL in home runs with 7
• Stubs Corchoran once again proves he can hit in any city winning the AL MVP award and batting title (.364), while also leading the league in OPB (.439), Slugging pct (.493), OPS (0.932) and hits (216). He also earned his 4th trip to the All-Star game starting in RF with 740,070 votes. He also hit .370 of better in every month but July (.286)
• Jace Hunter was elected as the AL’s starting 3B in the All-Star game receiving 619,545 votes
• Al Mighty won his second straight Silver Slugger award at SS
• O’olish Amaneh signs a 4 year extension with St Louis at $76 per year
• Kangee Twinfeather signs a 3 year extension with St Louis at $121 per year
• Al Mighty signs a 4 year extension with Philadelphia (A) at $975 per year
• J.G Rothschild signs a 4 year extension with Cleveland at $221 per year
• Mathurin Hawkins signs a 3 extension with New York (A) at $326 per year
• Stubs Corchoran has found a home signing a 4 year extension with Cleveland at $1578 per year
• Cy Crooks is released by New York and signs a 3 year deal with Chicago (N) at $1602 per year
• Ulysses Spear signs a 1 year contract with Cleveland at $239 per year
• Path Twelve signs a 1 year deal with St Louis (N) at $1,134 per year
• Buck Banzai signs a 1 year deal with St Louis (N) at $457 per year
• Rookie Wallace Bryant signs a 1 year deal with Boston (A) at $14 per year
• Rookie Lou Mazzilli signs a 1 year deal with Chicago (N) at $13 per year
• Rookie Johnny Williams signs a 1 year deal with St Louis (N) at $13 per year
• Rookie Eric Flamebeard signs a 1 year deal with Detroit at $15 per year.
• Finn O’Connell sustained a very minor arm injury on April 25th, but did not miss a start.
• J.G Rothschild suffered a very serious bicep injury, landing on the 60 day DL on September 3rd.
• Jace Hunter sustained a very minor quadriceps injury on August 19th, but still played in all 154 games.
A break out year for O’ Connell and Stubs was just being Stubs, tearing up the AL, then shocking the world by deciding to stay in Cleveland. The Highlanders did not have the money to resign Crooks and let him go, with the Cubs happy to swoop in and add him to the fold.