1901 Detroit Tigers season

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1901 Detroit Tigers
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Owner(s) James D. Burns
Manager(s) George Stallings
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The 1901 Detroit Tigers season was the Tigers' first in Major League Baseball. The team was a charter member of the American League, which was originally formed as the minor-league Western League, of which it had also been a charter member. The Tigers finished in third place with a record or 74-61, eight-and-a-half games behind the Chicago White Stockings. Most of Detroit's home games were played at Bennett Park, with Sunday games played at Burns Park due to Detroit's blue laws.

Regular season[edit]

Roscoe Miller (23-13) led the team in wins and was the Tigers' first 20-game winner. His performance headlined a strong pitching staff that had the third lowest ERA (3.30) in the American League. Joe Yeager had an ERA of 2.61, for the second best Adjusted ERA+ in the AL, behind Cy Young. The offense was not as strong however, scoring 741 runs -- fifth among the eight teams in the league. The team's best hitters were shortstop Kid Elberfeld (.308 average) and center fielder Jimmy Barrett (.293 average; 110 runs).

Burns Park[edit]

The Tigers had played their games at Bennett Park since 1896, but the graduation to a major league meant that there would now be games scheduled on Sundays, which was forbidden by Detroit's blue laws. In order to avoid running afoul of this stricture, owner James D. Burns built a ballpark on his own property in Springwells Township, Michigan just outside the Detroit city limits.[1] Named Burns Park, the Tigers would play their Sunday home games there for the 1901 and 1902 seasons.

Opening day[edit]

Pop Dillon with the Detroit Tigers, pictured here in 1903.

After years in the Western League, the Tigers were scheduled to take the field for their first official American League game on April 24, 1901. A standing room only crowd was anticipated at Bennett Park, but the Tigers' inaugural American League game was postponed due to weather. The following day, in front of 10,023 fans, the Tigers entered the ninth inning trailing the Milwaukee Brewers 13–4. Third basemen Doc Casey started the ninth-inning rally with a ground rule double. The Tigers continued the rally to eventually reduce their deficit to one run. Now only down one run, 13–12, with two runners on base and two out, Tiger Frank "Pop" Dillon hit a two-run double against reliever Bert Husting to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers by a score of 14–13.

Season standings[edit]

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago White Stockings 83 53 0.610 49–21 34–32
Boston Americans 79 57 0.581 4 49–20 30–37
Detroit Tigers 74 61 0.548 42–27 32–34
Philadelphia Athletics 74 62 0.544 9 42–24 32–38
Baltimore Orioles 68 65 0.511 13½ 40–25 28–40
Washington Senators 61 72 0.459 20½ 31–35 30–37
Cleveland Bluebirds 54 82 0.397 29 28–39 26–43
Milwaukee Brewers 48 89 0.350 35½ 32–37 16–52


Game log[edit]

Roster[edit]

1901 Detroit Tigers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Player stats[edit]

= Indicates team leader

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 Buelow, FritzFritz Buelow 70 231 52 .225 2 29
1B Dillon, PopPop Dillon 74 281 81 .288 1 42
2B Gleason, KidKid Gleason 135 547 150 .274 3 75
3B Casey, DocDoc Casey 128 540 153 .283 2 46
SS Elberfeld, KidKid Elberfeld 121 432 133 .308 3 76
OF Barrett, JimmyJimmy Barrett 135 542 159 .293 4 65
OF Nance, KidKid Nance 132 461 129 .280 3 66
OF Holmes, DuckyDucky Holmes 131 537 158 .294 4 62

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
McAllister, SportSport McAllister 90 306 92 .301 3 57
Shaw, AlAl Shaw 55 171 46 .269 1 23
Crockett, DaveyDavey Crockett 28 102 29 .284 0 14
Lochhead, HarryHarry Lochhead 1 4 2 .500 0 0

Note: pitchers' batting statistics not included

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
Miller, RoscoeRoscoe Miller 38 332 23 13 2.95 79
Siever, EdEd Siever 38 288.2 18 15 3.24 85
Cronin, JackJack Cronin 30 219.2 13 15 3.89 62
Yeager, JoeJoe Yeager 26 199.2 12 11 2.61 38

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
Frisk, EmilEmil Frisk 11 74.2 5 4 4.34 22
Owen, FrankFrank Owen 8 56 1 3 4.34 17
High, EdEd High 4 18 1 0 3.50 4

Awards and honors[edit]

League top five finishers[edit]

References[edit]