1911 National League Champion NY Giants
Less than a week into the 1911 season the grandstands in the Polo Grounds were destroyed by fire. John McGraw and his Giants had to play their home games in Hilltop Park until repairs could be made. They would return to the Polo Grounds on June 28th. The inconvenience didn’t seem to bother the Giants at all as they still beat out the defending NL champion Chicago Cubs by 7.5 games, with a 99-54 record. The Giants hung around 3rd place never falling further than 3.5 games back until the end of August when they put together a hot streak, winning 19 of 23 games to take over 1st place for good on August 21. This was McGraw’s 3rd NL pennant and 2nd World Series appearance.
The Giants scored 756 runs just 1 run behind the league leading Cubs. They were 2nd in doubles(225) , and triples(103) as well, while finishing 4th in the league with just 41 home runs, 19 behind the league leading Phillies. These Giants were all about getting on base and stealing a base. They lead the league with .358 OBP and 347 stolen bases. No other team in the league stole more than 300 bases.
At catcher the Giants had Chief Meyers and his .332 average. This lead the team and was good for 3rd in the league. Art Wilson was the primary back up. In 66 games he hit .303.
At just 22 years old Fred Merkle was the everyday 1st baseman. He hit .283 with 49 stolen bases, and a team leading 84 rbis. His 12 home runs were good for 4th in the league. Larry Doyle manned 2nd base and had one ofthe better seasons of his career. Hitting .310 with 13 home runs, 102 runs scored and a league leading 25 triples.
The Giants acquired Buck Herzog in a mid season trade with Boston for Hank Gowdy and Al Bridwell. Herzog took over 3rd base for an underperforming Art Devlin. Devlin would not appear in the World Series and was sold to Boston in the off season.
The speedy outfield Of Josh Devore, Fred Snodgrass, and Red Murray combined to hit .290 and steal 160 bases.
The Giants had 2-20 game winners lead by Christy Mathewson and his 26-13 W/L record and 1.99 ERA. Rube Marquard finally realized his potential winning 24 games and leading the league with 237 strikeouts. Red Ames(11), Hooks Wiltse(12) and reliever extraordinaire Doc Crandall(15) all won in double digits. Crandall started 15 games but relieved in 26 adding 5 saves to his 15 victories.
Giant good luck charm and self-proclaimed ace pitcher Charles Victory Faust actually appeared in 2 games, pitching 2 innings while giving up just 1 run.
The Giants lost to the Philadelphia A’s in 6 games in the 1911 World Series.