This is a team photo of the 1903 Pirates. I’m guessing this might have been taken after the World Series loss to the Americans. They all look pissed.
The 1903 Pirates won their 3rd straight NL pennant despite losing 2 of their quality pitchers to the AL, Jack Chesbro and Jesse Tannehill.
The Pirates won the pennant by 6 ½ games over the NY Giants with a 91-49 record.
Player/Manager Fred Clarke had one of his best seasons offensively hitting .351 while leading the league with 32 doubles. Honus Wagner moved to shortstop on a more permanent basis, playing 111 games at short, while leading the league in hitting at .355, his 2nd batting crown. 21 year old Jimmy Sebring had a strong sophomore season hitting .325 with 13 triples. Tommy Leach hit .298 at 3rd base and led the team with 7 home runs. Ginger Beaumont hit .341 while leading the league with 209 hits and 137 runs scored.
As a team the Pirates hit .286, behid the Reds’ .288, and led the league in runs scored with 793, triples(110) and home runs(34).
On the mound the Pirates had 2 of the best pitchers in the league in Deacon Phillippe, and Sam Leever. Both were 25 game winners, while Leever led the league with 7 shutouts and a 2.06 ERA. Ed Doheny won 16 games but had been suffering from serious bouts of paranoia throughout the season, and did not pitch in the World Series because he was institutionalized in an asylum. He would never pitch again.
The Pirates were 2nd to the Giants with a 2.91 ERA, and allowed a league low 9 home runs.
Phillippe will be scheduled to pitch games 1,3,4 and 7 if needed. Sam Leever had a shoulder injury that he suffered while participating in a trapshooting contest, and will pitch in games 2 and 6.
Below is a slideshow of the 1903 Pirates, hopefully it displays well in your browser, I may do this with every team that will be playing in the DMB World Series.
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