1901 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 1901 throughout the world.  

Champions[edit]

Major League Baseball[edit]

World Series: Not played due to AL-NL war over player contracts.

Other champions[edit]

Statistical leaders[edit]

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Nap Lajoie1 PHA .426 Jesse Burkett STL .376
HR Nap Lajoie PHA 14 Sam Crawford CIN 16
RBI Nap Lajoie PHA 125 Honus Wagner PIT 126
Wins Cy Young BOS 33 Bill Donovan BRO 25
ERA Cy Young BOS 1.62 Jesse Tannehill PIT 2.18
Strikeouts Cy Young BOS 158 Noodles Hahn CIN 239

1Modern (post-1900) single season batting average record

Notable seasons[edit]

  • Nap Lajoie of the Philadelphia Athletics hits .426, an AL batting average record that still stands today. This record is also the modern or post-1900 batting average record and is often cited as the highest batting average of all time. However, the all-time batting average leader is Hugh Duffy, who hit .440 in 1894.
  • Cy Young of the Boston Americans leads the AL in ERA at 1.62 and wins 33 games, 41.8% of the Pilgrims' total.

Major league baseball final standings[edit]

American League final standings[edit]

Note: The Baltimore Orioles of 1901 became the New York Highlanders in 1903. The Milwaukee Brewers of 1901 became the St. Louis Browns in 1902. The Washington Senators of 1901 became the Minnesota Twins in 1961.

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


National League final standings[edit]

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Pittsburgh Pirates 90 49 0.647 45–24 45–25
Philadelphia Phillies 83 57 0.593 46–23 37–34
Brooklyn Superbas 79 57 0.581 43–25 36–32
St. Louis Cardinals 76 64 0.543 14½ 40–31 36–33
Boston Beaneaters 69 69 0.500 20½ 41–29 28–40
Chicago Orphans 53 86 0.381 37 30–39 23–47
New York Giants 52 85 0.380 37 30–38 22–47
Cincinnati Reds 52 87 0.374 38 27–43 25–44


Events[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

  • February 27 - The National League Rules Committee decrees that all foul balls are to count as strike balls, except after two strikes. To cut the cost of lost foul balls, the committee urges that batters who foul off good strikes are to be disciplined. The American League will not adopt this rule for several years. Other new rules: catchers must play within 10 feet of the batter; a ball will be called if the pitcher does not throw to a ready and waiting batter within 20 seconds, and players using indecent or improper language will be banished by the umpire. A ball will be called when a batter is hit by a pitch, but, in a mail vote, the owners will rescind this in April, and a HBP will earn a batter first base.

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

  • June 9–17,000 fans attend the Reds-Giants game. The Giants are up, 15-4, after six innings, when the fans begin to overflow the field. Over the next two and a half innings, 19 runs score as ground-rule doubles multiply. As the crowd enters the infield, with the Giants leading 25-13, umpire Bob Emslie forfeits the game to the Giants. The game ends with a record 31 hits and 13 doubles.
  • June 20 - Honus Wagner of the Pittsburgh Pirates steals home twice in one game as the Pirates beat the Giants 7-0.
  • June 24 - Mike Donlin of the Baltimore Orioles goes 6-6 with 2 singles, 2 doubles and 2 triples as the Orioles defeat the Detroit Tigers 17-8.

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October–December[edit]

Births[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

Deaths[edit]

  • February 3 - Tom O'Brien, 27, outfielder for the Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Giants National League clubs between 1897 and 1900.
  • February 21 - Dennis Driscoll, 38, second baseman for the 1885 Buffalo Bisons.
  • February 22 - Tom Kinslow, 35, distinguished catcher during the Dead Ball Era, a career .266 hitter who posted a .923 fielding average for eight teams from 1886 to 1892.
  • March 3 - Charles Snyder, 28, catcher/outfielder who hit .273 for the 1890 Philadelphia Athletics.
  • March 24 - Mike Trost, 35[?], backup catcher/centerfielder/first baseman for the 1890 St. Louis Browns and 1895 Louisville Colonels.
  • March 31 - George Popplein, 60, utility player who appeared in one game for the Baltimore Marylands during the 1873 season.
  • April 10 - John Hiland, 40, backup infielder for the 1885 Philadelphia Quakers.
  • April 14 - Pat Sullivan, 38, third baseman/centerfielder for the 1884 Kansas City Cowboys.
  • April 20 - Bill Yeatman, 62, outfielder who played one game with the 1872 Washington Nationals.
  • April 30 - Dude Esterbrook, 43, infielder who batted .314 for the pennant-winning 1884 New York Metropolitans
  • June 17 - Bill Craver, 57, catcher and manager who later was expelled from organized baseball for gambling.
  • July 9 - Sy Studley, 60, center fielder for the 1872 Washington Nationals of the National Association.
  • July 11 - Dave McKeough, 37, catcher who hit .231 in part of two seasons for the Rochester Broncos (1890) and Philadelphia Athletics (1891).
  • July 24 - Joe Simmons, 56, player in National Association for three seasons, them managed the 1884 Wilmington Quicksteps of the Union Association.
  • August 15 - Gene Bagley, 40, catcher/outfielder for the 1886 New York Giants.
  • August 15 - Milt Whitehead, 39[?], Canadian shortstop who played in 1884 with the St. Louis Maroons and Kansas City Cowboys.
  • August 22 - Pete Sweeney, 37, infielder/outfielder who played from 1888 through 1890 for the Nationals, Browns, Athletics and Colonels.
  • September 23 - Doc McJames, 27, pitcher who posted a 79-80 record with 593 strikeouts and a 3.43 ERA in six seasons, and led the National League with 156 strikeouts in 1897.
  • October 9 - Chappy Lane, [?], who hit .203 with four home runs in 114 games for the Pittsburgh Alleghenys (1882) and Toledo Blue Stockings (1884), and led American Association first basemen in fielding percentage (1882).
  • October 16 - Jim Duncan, 28, catcher/first baseman for the Cleveland Spiders and Washington Senators during the 1899 season.
  • October 31 - John Cahill, 36, outfielder/infielder/pitcher for the Columbus Buckeyes (1884), St. Louis Maroons (1886) and Indianapolis Hoosiers (1887).
  • November 2 - John Corcoran, 28[?], infielder for the 1895 Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • November 7 - Tub Welch, 35, catcher/first baseman who hit .261 in 82 games for the Toledo Maumees (1890) and Louisville Colonels (1895).
  • November 29 - Jim Sullivan, 34, who posted a career pitching record of a 26-28 and was a member of the 1897 National League Champions Boston Beaneaters.
  • December 19 - Jim Gifford, 56, manager for two American Association teams from 1884 to 1886.
  • December 28 - George Flynn, 30, outfielder for the 1896 Chicago Cubs.