Top row: Harry Davis, Frank Baker, Jack Coombs, Ira Thomas, Chief Bender, Ben Houser, Cy Morgan, Pat Donahue
Middle Row: Rube Oldring, Bris Lord, Danny Murphy, Connie Mack, Eddie Plank, Jack Lapp, Amos Strunk
Bottom row: Topsy Hartsel, Stuffy McInnis, Tommy Atkins, Lew Krause, Louis Wanzelet, Jimmy Dygert, Eddie Collins, Jack Barry, Paddy Livingston
Connie Mack lead his A’s to a 3rd AL pennant and 2nd World Series appearance. By beating the Cubs in 5 games they will garner their 1st World Series Championship.
This A’s team became the 1st AL team to win 100 games, their 102-48 record beat out the NY Highlanders by 14.5 games. They hit .266 as a team which lead the league, while their 671 runs scored was good for 2nd behind the Detroit Tigers.(679) Their 19 home runs were 24 less than the league leading Boston Red Sox. The A’s still showed some pop despite the low HR total. Their 105 triples, and 191 doubles were tops in the league.
In this pitcher’s dominated American League the A’s put up an impressive 1.79 team ERA. 7 of the 8 teams were sub 3.00 with the St Louis Browns being the only exception at 3.09. The A’s won the team triple crown by leading the league in hitting, pitching and fielding.
At catcher the A’s primarily used 2 backstops. Jack Lapp played 71 games while hitting just .234 with only 7 extra base hits. Ira Thomas was a capable backup hitting .278 in 60 games. Earle Mack(son of Connie) started 1 game behind the dish. He went 2-4 with a triple making Poppa proud. Earle would get just 12 more at bats over the next 2 seasons without reaching base.
At 1st base the veteran Harry Davis was playing in his final year as a full time starter. He hit just .248 and over the next 6 seasons would play in just 78 games. His last ab came in 1917 at the age of 43. He did not get a hit.
2nd base saw the continued emergence of Hall of Famer Eddie Collins. At just 23 years old Collins hit .324 with 81 rbi to lead the team. He also stole a league high 81 bases.
23 year old Jack Barry played shortstop, hitting .259, while leading the league with 63 errors.
Frank Baker(before he became Home Run) hit .283 with just 2 hrs. At 24 he was becoming one of the elite 3rd basemen of the time. His 15 triples and 74 rbi were both good for 6th. His 207 putouts at 3rd lead the league, and his 312 assists were good for 2nd.
In the outfield the veteran Topsy Hartsell was at the end of his career. He hit just .221 and drove in only 22 runs in 90 games. He played just 25 more games in 1911 and was out of baseball. Rube Oldring tied for the the team lead in hrs with 4. He hit .302 with 27 doubles. Danny Murphy also hit .300 and lead the team with 28 doubles.
Bris Lord joined the team in July via a trade with the Cleveland Naps. Bris Lord is interesting for several reasons. His full name is Bristol Robotham Lord, and his nickname was The Human Eyeball. He supposedly had a freakishly large forehead. Lord was traded to the A’s for Morrie Rath and a player to be named later. That player was the infamous Joe Jackson.
19 year old Stuffy McInnis played played 33 games at short while hitting .301.
On the mound the A’s featured 31 game winner Jack Coombs. This was the 1st of 3 straight 20+ win seasons for Coombs. He lead the league with 13 shutouts, while his 1.30 ERA was 2nd to Ed Walsh’s 1.27. Despite a 1.55 ERA Cy Morgan won 18 games while losing 12. Cy was a little wild. He lead the AL in walks with 117, and hit batsmen with18. Chief Bender won 23 games, the 1st of only 2 20+ seasons for the Hall of Famer, and Eddie Plank won 18 games to round out the 4 man rotation.
The A’s will easily handle the Cubs in 4 games to win their 1st World Championship. They would use just 2 pitchers in the 5 games. Chief Bender(1-1), Jack Coombs(3-0) pitch every inning of the series. I wonder if the DMB World Series will do the same?