1897 Boston Beaneaters season

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1897 Boston Beaneaters
1897 National League Championship
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 93–39 (.705)
League place 1st
Other information
Owner(s) Arthur Soden
Manager(s) Frank Selee
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The 1897 Boston Beaneaters won the National League pennant. It was their fourth of the decade and their seventh overall. After the season, the Beaneaters played in the Temple Cup for the first time. They lost the series to the second-place Baltimore Orioles, 4 games to 1.

Regular season[edit]

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This team has been cited (along with the 1880s St. Louis Browns and the 1890s Baltimore Orioles) as one of the greatest of the 19th century.[citation needed] It featured five Hall of Famers: manager Frank Selee, pitcher Kid Nichols, third baseman Jimmy Collins, and outfielders Billy Hamilton and Hugh Duffy.

In just 132 games, the Beaneaters scored 1025 runs to lead the league (Hamilton had 152 of them to win individual honors). They also allowed the fewest, on the way to a .705 winning percentage. Nichols was one of the premier pitchers in the league, leading the NL with 31 wins. His 2.64 ERA ranked second.

Season standings[edit]

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Beaneaters 93 39 0.705 54–12 39–27
Baltimore Orioles 90 40 0.692 2 51–15 39–25
New York Giants 83 48 0.634 51–19 32–29
Cincinnati Reds 76 56 0.576 17 49–18 27–38
Cleveland Spiders 69 62 0.527 23½ 49–16 20–46
Washington Senators 61 71 0.462 32 40–26 21–45
Brooklyn Bridegrooms 61 71 0.462 32 38–29 23–42
Pittsburgh Pirates 60 71 0.458 32½ 38–27 22–44
Chicago Colts 59 73 0.447 34 36–30 23–43
Philadelphia Phillies 55 77 0.417 38 32–34 23–43
Louisville Colonels 52 78 0.400 40 34–31 18–47
St. Louis Browns 29 102 0.221 63½ 18–41 11–61


Roster[edit]

1897 Boston Beaneaters
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Bergen, MartyMarty Bergen 87 327 81 .248 2 45
1B Tenney, FredFred Tenney 132 566 180 .318 1 85
2B Lowe, BobbyBobby Lowe 123 499 154 .309 5 106
3B Collins, JimmyJimmy Collins 134 529 183 .346 6 132
SS Long, HermanHerman Long 107 450 145 .322 3 69
OF Duffy, HughHugh Duffy 134 550 187 .340 11 129
OF Hamilton, BillyBilly Hamilton 127 507 174 .343 3 61
OF Stahl, ChickChick Stahl 114 469 166 .354 4 97

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Mahoney, MikeMike Mahoney 2 2 1 .500 0 1

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Nichols, KidKid Nichols 46 368 31 11 2.64 127
Klobedanz, FredFred Klobedanz 38 309.1 26 7 4.60 92
Lewis, TedTed Lewis 38 290 21 12 3.85 65

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Sullivan, JimJim Sullivan 13 89 4 5 3.94 17

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Hickman, CharlieCharlie Hickman 2 0 0 1 5.87 0
Mahoney, MikeMike Mahoney 1 0 0 0 18.00 1

Awards and honors[edit]

League top ten finishers[edit]

Jimmy Collins

  • #2 in NL in RBI (132)

Hugh Duffy

  • NL leader in home runs (11)
  • #3 in NL in RBI (129)

Sliding Billy Hamilton

  • NL leader in runs scored (152)
  • #3 in NL in stolen bases (66)

Fred Klobedanz

  • #3 in NL in wins (26)

Kid Nichols

  • NL leader in wins (31)
  • #2 in NL in ERA (2.64)

References[edit]

Preceded by
Baltimore Orioles
1896
National League Championship Season
1897
Succeeded by
Boston Beaneaters
1898