1905 Philadelphia Athletics season

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1905 Philadelphia Athletics
1905 AL Champions
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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 1905 Philadelphia Athletics season was a season in American baseball. The team finished first in the American League with a record of 92 wins and 56 losses, winning their first pennant. They went on to face the New York Giants in the 1905 World Series, losing 4 games to 1.

The pitching staff featured three future Hall of Famers: Rube Waddell, Eddie Plank, and Chief Bender. Waddell easily won the pitching triple crown in 1905, with 27 wins, 287 strikeouts, and a 1.48 earned run average.

Regular season[edit]

The Athletics at the Polo Grounds before a World Series game.

The A's offense scored the most runs in the league. Slugger Harry Davis led all players in home runs, runs scored, and runs batted in.

Season standings[edit]

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Philadelphia Athletics 92 56 0.622 51–22 41–34
Chicago White Sox 92 60 0.605 2 50–29 42–31
Detroit Tigers 79 74 0.516 15½ 45–30 34–44
Boston Americans 78 74 0.513 16 44–32 34–42
Cleveland Naps 76 78 0.494 19 41–36 35–42
New York Highlanders 71 78 0.477 21½ 40–35 31–43
Washington Senators 64 87 0.424 29½ 33–42 31–45
St. Louis Browns 54 99 0.353 40½ 34–42 20–57


Birth of the Elephant mascot[edit]

After New York Giants' manager John McGraw told reporters that Philadelphia manufacturer Ben Shibe, who owned the controlling interest in the Athletics, had a "white elephant on his hands," manager Connie Mack defiantly adopted the white elephant as the team mascot, and presented McGraw with a stuffed toy elephant at the start of the 1905 World Series. McGraw and Mack had known each other for years, and McGraw accepted it graciously.

Roster[edit]

1905 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 Schreckengost, OsseeOssee Schreckengost 123 420 114 .271 0 45
1B Davis, HarryHarry Davis 150 607 173 .285 8 83
2B Murphy, DannyDanny Murphy 151 537 149 .277 6 71
3B Cross, LaveLave Cross 147 587 156 .266 0 77
SS Knight, JohnJohn Knight 88 325 66 .203 3 29
LF Hartsel, TopsyTopsy Hartsel 150 538 148 .275 0 28
CF Hoffman, DannyDanny Hoffman 120 459 120 .261 1 35
RF Seybold, SocksSocks Seybold 133 492 135 .274 6 59

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
Cross, MonteMonte Cross 79 252 67 .266 0 24
Lord, BrisBris Lord 66 238 57 .239 0 13
Powers, DocDoc Powers 40 121 18 .149 0 10
Barton, HarryHarry Barton 29 60 10 .167 0 3

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
Plank, EddieEddie Plank 41 346.2 24 12 2.26 210
Waddell, RubeRube Waddell 46 328.2 27 10 1.48 287
Coakley, AndyAndy Coakley 35 255 18 8 1.84 145
Henley, WeldonWeldon Henley 25 183.2 4 11 2.60 82
Myers, JosephJoseph Myers 1 5 0 0 3.60 5

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
Bender, ChiefChief Bender 35 229 18 11 2.83 142
Dygert, JimmyJimmy Dygert 6 35.1 1 4 4.33 24

1905 World Series[edit]

Main article: 1905 World Series

NL New York Giants (4) vs AL Philadelphia Athletics (1)

Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Giants - 3, Athletics - 0 October 9 Columbia Park 17,995
2 Athletics - 3, Giants - 0 October 10 Polo Grounds 24,992
3 Giants - 9, Athletics - 0 October 12 Columbia Park 10,991
4 Athletics - 0, Giants - 1 October 13 Polo Grounds 13,598
5 Athletics - 0, Giants - 2 October 14 Polo Grounds 24,187

Awards and honors[edit]

American League top five finishers[edit]

Andy Coakley

  • #4 earned run average (1.84)

Lave Cross

  • #2 runs batted in (77)

Harry Davis

  • #1 runs batted in (83)
  • #1 home runs (8)
  • #1 runs scored (93)
  • #4 slugging percentage (.422)

Topsy Hartsel

  • #1 on-base percentage (.409)
  • #4 runs scored (88)
  • #4 stolen bases (37)

Danny Hoffman

  • #1 in stolen bases (46)

Eddie Plank

  • #2 wins (24)
  • #2 strikeouts (210)

Rube Waddell

  • #1 wins (27)
  • #1 earned run average (1.48)
  • #1 strikeouts (287)
  • #2 shutouts (7)

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
Boston Americans
1904
American League Champions
Philadelphia Athletics

1905
Succeeded by
Chicago White Sox
1906