1901 Philadelphia Athletics season

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1901 Philadelphia Athletics
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Owner(s) Benjamin Shibe, Tom Shibe, John Shibe, Connie Mack, Sam Jones, Frank Hough
Manager(s) Connie Mack
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The 1901 Philadelphia Athletics season involved the A's finishing 4th in the American League with a record of 74 wins and 62 losses. The franchise that would become the modern Athletics originated in 1901 as a new franchise in the American League.

Before the 1901 season[edit]

The Western League had been renamed the American League in 1900 by league president Bancroft (Ban) Johnson, and declared itself the second major league in 1901.

In 1901, Johnson created new franchises in the east and eliminated some franchises in the west.[1] Philadelphia seems to have been a new franchise created to compete with the National League’s Philadelphia Phillies. Former catcher Connie Mack was recruited to manage the club. Mack in turn persuaded Phillies minority owner Ben Shibe as well as others to invest in the team, which would be called the Philadelphia Athletics. He himself bought a 25 percent interest.

Regular season[edit]

In 1901, Nap Lajoie jumped from the Phillies to the crosstown Philadelphia Athletics, owned by Connie Mack.[2] Lajoie's batting average that year was .426, still a league record. The same year Lajoie became the second major leaguer to be intentionally walked with the bases loaded after Abner Dalrymple in 1881.

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


Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1901 Philadelphia Athletics
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 Powers, DocDoc Powers 116 431 108 .251 1 47
1B Davis, HarryHarry Davis 117 496 152 .306 8 76
2B Lajoie, NapNap Lajoie 131 544 232 .426 14 125
3B Cross, LaveLave Cross 100 424 139 .328 2 73
SS Dolan, JoeJoe Dolan 98 338 73 .216 1 38
OF Seybold, SocksSocks Seybold 114 449 150 .334 8 90
OF Fultz, DaveDave Fultz 132 561 164 .292 0 52

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
Hayden, JackJack Hayden 51 211 56 .265 0 17
Ely, BonesBones Ely 45 171 37 .216 0 16
Steelman, FarmerFarmer Steelman 27 88 23 .261 0 7
Smith, HarryHarry Smith 11 34 11 .324 0 3
Murphy, MorganMorgan Murphy 9 28 6 .214 0 6
Leahy, TomTom Leahy 5 15 5 .333 0 1
Carr, CharlieCharlie Carr 2 8 1 .125 0 0
Lauder, BillyBilly Lauder 2 8 1 .125 0 0
McKinney, BobBob McKinney 2 2 0 .000 0 0

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
Fraser, ChickChick Fraser 40 331 22 16 3.81 110
Plank, EddieEddie Plank 33 260.2 17 13 3.31 90
Bernhard, BillBill Bernhard 31 257 17 10 4.52 58
Wiltse, SnakeSnake Wiltse 19 166 13 5 3.58 40
Piatt, WileyWiley Piatt 18 140 5 12 4.63 45
Baker, BockBock Baker 1 6 0 1 10.50 1
McPherson, JohnJohn McPherson 1 4 0 1 11.25 0
Loos, PetePete Loos 1 1 0 1 27.00 0

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
Milligan, BillyBilly Milligan 6 33 0 3 4.36 5

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
Leitner, DummyDummy Leitner 1 0 0 0 0.00 1

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Seeks to snare Duffy of Boston, Chicago Daily Tribune, January 29, 1901, pg. 9.
  2. ^ Nap Lajoie Obituary
  3. ^ a b Tom Leahy page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Snake Wiltse page at Baseball Reference

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