Since starting this replay back in February of 2009 I’ve managed to replay 36 years of post season play, starting with 1876. I originally expected to do 3 seasons a month until I reached 1993. 1994 marked the end of baseball for me as I knew it, so I wasn’t going to honor the players and teams after 1993.
I initially wondered what I would be blogging about after I finished the 93 season, estimated to be around June of 2012.
But the pace of the replays has slowed down, so there is no longer any concerns about reaching 1993 anytime soon. The blog has evolved into less replay and more slices of baseball history, book reviews, and personal rants. All good things I hope. Unfortunately the time that I have to devote to this blog has greatly diminished due primarily to work issues. So rather than blasting through the replays, it will now proceed at a more leisurely pace. I hope you continue to follow along as I slow things down, while stopping to smell the pine tar and chewing tobacco along the way.
The 1911 baseball season was the 1st full season to feature the new cork-centered ball. Averages went up, as did ERA’s. The American League alone had 27 players break the .300 mark. Ty Cobb won the batting title with a .420 average, beating out rookie phenom Joe Jackson and his .408 average. Cobb put together a 40 game hitting streak during the season as well.
Honus Wagner lead the NL with a more modest .334. This was his 8th and final NL crown.
Ring Lardner lamented that because of the new livelier ball more runs were being scored and it was almost impossible to finish a game in under 2 hours. Ring Larder would stroke out if he witnessed a Yankees/Red Sox game played today.
The Chalmers Automobile Co handed out another car, this time to the MVP in both leagues, rather than the leading hitter. Ty Cobb won in the AL, while Wildfire Schulte won in the NL. Schulte also lead the league with 21 home runs, 4 of which were of the grand slam variety. This number would not be topped until Ernie Banks hit 5 in 1955. Schulte would finish the season with 20+ hrs, 20+ triples, 20+ doubles, and 20+ steals. The only other player to do this was Willie Mays in 1957.
After just 2 games the grandstand in the Polo Grounds was destroyed by a fire. The Giants would play in Hilltop Park until June 28th, when the new steel-and-concrete grandstand was completed. It didn’t seem to hurt their season at all as John McGraw’s Giants won the pennant by 7.5 games over the Chicago Cubs.
In the American League Connie Mack’s Philadelphia A’s won the pennant going away, besting the Tigers by 13.5 games.
This would set up the 2nd World Series between Mack and McGraw. The Giants last World Series appearance was in 1905 against these same A’s. The A’s 1st baseball dynasty was firmly established with their 2nd straight World Series appearance.
Also in baseball:
3/24- Mrs Helene Hathaway inherits the St. Louis Cardinals after her Uncle Mathew Robinson dies. She becomes the 1st female owner of a modern major league team.
4/14- Addie Joss dies of meningitis at the age of 31.
7/24- An All Star game is played to raise money for the widow of Addie Joss. The All Stars beat the Naps 5-3, while raising over $12,000.
7/29- Smoky Joe Wood no hits the Browns 5-0.
9/22- Cy Young wins his final game, 1-0 over Pittsburgh.
1911 Final Standings
Team Name G W L T PCT GB RS RA New York Giants 154 99 54 1 .647 - 756 542 Chicago Cubs 157 92 62 3 .597 7.5 757 607 Pittsburgh Pirates 155 85 69 1 .552 14.5 744 557 Philadelphia Phillies 153 79 73 1 .520 19.5 658 669 St. Louis Cardinals 158 75 74 9 .503 22.0 671 745 Cincinnati Reds 159 70 83 6 .458 29.0 682 706 Brooklyn Superbas 154 64 86 4 .427 33.5 539 659 Boston Rustlers 156 44 107 5 .291 54.0 699 1021
Team Name G W L T PCT GB RS RA Philadelphia Athletics 152 101 50 1 .669 - 861 602 Detroit Tigers 154 89 65 0 .578 13.5 831 777 Cleveland Naps 156 80 73 3 .523 22.0 693 712 Chicago White Sox 154 77 74 3 .510 24.0 718 624 Boston Red Sox 153 78 75 0 .510 24.0 680 643 New York Highlanders 153 76 76 1 .500 25.5 684 723 Washington Senators 154 64 90 0 .416 38.5 624 765 St. Louis Browns 152 45 107 0 .296 56.5 567 812
The Addie Joss All Star team. Notice anything unusual?
How about now?
Yep, that’s Ty Cobb wearing a Cleveland Naps uniform. It seems his Tiger uniform was lost en route to the game.
Also in 1911:
1/1- Hank Greenberg
2/6- Ronald Reagan
3/16- Josef Mengele The “Angel of Death” was never captured and lived until 1979.
3/25- Jack Ruby Got up close and personal with Lee Harvey Oswald
4/25- Connie Marrero Currently the oldest living major leaguer. Pitched 5 seasons with the Washington Senators(1950-1954) compiling a 39-40 record. He turns 100 years old today. He was born in Cuba and is currently living in Havana. Happy Birthday Connie.
5/27- Vincent Price
6/8- Van Lingle Mungo
8/6- Lucille Ball
11/13- Buck O’Neil
12/1- Walt Alston
12/21- Josh Gibson
4/14- Addie Joss
8/5- Bob Caruthers
8/31- Will White
4/25- The Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire in New York City. 146 people died, because management had locked the doors to all stairwells and fire escapes.
7/24- Hiram Bingham rediscovers Machu Picchu
8/22- The Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre. It was stolen by an employee of the Louvre and was not recovered for 2 years, when he tried to sell it.
Don’t look at me that way!!!!
12/14- Roald Amundsen becomes the 1st person to reach the South Pole.
I completely recommend The Last Place On Earth for more information on the quest to conquer the South Pole.
NOTE: The Cy Young and Rookie of the Year winners are based on a SABR vote.