Left to Right: Tillie Shafer, Jeff Tesreau, Doc Crandall, Fred Merkle, ?, Red Murray, Hooks Wiltse, Larry Doyle, Chief Meyers, ?, Al Demaree, Christy Mathewson, Buck Herzog, ?, Fred Snodgrass, John McGraw
Middle Row: Wilbert Robinson, Beals Becker, ?, Red Ames
Bottom Row: Moose McCormick, Josh Devore, ?, Dick Hennessy-Mascot, ?, Art Fletcher, George Burns, Ted Goulait,
The NY Giants lead by Manager John McGraw won their 2nd straight NL Pennant by 10 games over the Pittsburg Pirates. Unfortunately for the Giants they would lose to the Boston Red Sox in 7 games in the 1912 World Series. The 2nd of 3 straight World Series losses for the Giants.
As a team they hit .286, 1st in the league, as were their 47 home runs, and 823 runs scored. They outdistanced the 2nd place Cubs by 67 runs.
Their pitching staff lead the league as well with a 2.58 ERA.
The 1912 Giants were essentially the same team as the pennant winning 1911 Giants. The only significant addition was rookie pitcher Jeff Tesreau. His 17-7 record, and league leading 1.96 ERA definitely helped the Giants secure the pennant.
Catcher Chief Meyers had his career year, hitting .358 with a .441 OBP. He was 3rd in the MVP voting.
23 year old 1st baseman Fred Merkle was playing in his 6th season with the Giants. He hit a solid .309 with a team leading 11 home runs.
Laughing Larry Doyle played 2nd, hitting a career high .330, with a team leading 98 runs scored. He was selected as the league MVP as well.
Filling out the infield were Art Fletcher(.282) at short, and Buck Herzog(.263) at 3rd.
The Giants’ speedy outfield of Fred Snodgrass, Red Murray, and Beals Becker combined to steal 111 bases. The soon to be infamous Snodgrass hit .263, Murray hit .277 with a team leading 92 rbi, and Becker hit .264.
Art Wilson backed up Meyers at catcher and hit .289. Josh Devore was the 4th outfielder, contributing a ,275 average. Tillie Shafer played short, 2nd and 3rd while hitting .288.
22 year old George Burns hit .294 in a part time roll in the outfield. Starting in 1913 Burns would be a full time outfielder for the Giants for the next 9 seasons.
On the mound the Giants were still lead by Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson. He had his 10th straight season of 20+ wins, going 23-12 with a 2.12 ERA. The much maligned Rube Marquard had an outstanding season, winning 26 games with a 2.57 ERA. Rookie Jeff Tesreau won 17, Red Ames won 11, and the 1st true reliever in baseball, Doc Crandall won 13 games. He relieved and finished 25 games on the season, and hit a nifty .313 as well.