Middle Row: Harry Hooper, Bill Carrigan, Steve Yerkes, Olaf Henriksen, Clyde Engel, Les Nunamaker, Sea Lion Hall, Larry Gardner, Ray Collins, Jake Stahl,
Front Row: Heinie Wagner, Hugh Bedient, Mascot, Larry Pape, Marty Krug,
Lead by player/manager Jake Stahl the Boston Red Sox christened their spiffy new ballpark by winning 105 games and their 2nd American League pennant. They beat out a surprising Washington Senators by 14 games.
Their .277 team batting average was 2nd to the A’s .282. They lead the league with a paltry 29 home runs, a beefy 269 doubles and a representative 799 runs. Their 2.76 team ERA was 2nd to the Senators 2.69. These were the only teams with a sub 3.00 ERA.
Bill “Rough” Carrigan was the primary catcher. He hit .263 with just 8 extra base hits. He was backed up by rookie Hick Cady(.259) and 2nd year player Les Nunamaker(.252).
Jake Stahl hit .301 at 1st base. This is his last full season with the Red Sox as he would resign in 1913 at mid season.
The remainder of the infield was manned by Steve Yerkes at 2nd(.252), Heinie Wagner at short(.274), and Larry Gardner at 3rd. Gardner hit .315 with a team leading 18 triples.
The Red Sox outfield of Tris Speaker, Duffy Lewis, and Harry Hooper ignited this offense. Speaker hit .383, 3rd in the league, his 10 home runs, 53 doubles and a .464 OBP were all 1st in the league. Tack on 90 rbis, 136 runs scored and 52 stolen bases and you have the league MVP. Duffy Lewis hit .284 with a career high 109 rbis. Harry Hooper had a down year hitting just .242.
Smoky Joe Wood had his career year going 34-5 with a 1.91 ERA. He lead the league in wins and shutouts with 10. This was Wood’s 2nd and last 20+ win season.
Buck O’Brien and Hugh Bedient also won 20 games. Bedient would have been a consensus Rookie of The Year choice. Ray Collins and Charles “Sea Lion Hall won 13 and 15 games respectively.
The Red Sox beat the NY Giants in a memorable 7 game series.