1916 New York Giants season

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1916 New York Giants
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Owner(s)Harry Hempstead
Manager(s)John McGraw
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John Purroy Mitchel, the Mayor of New York throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the Opening Day game of the 1916 New York Giants season at the Polo Grounds on April 20, 1916

The 1916 New York Giants season was the franchise's 34th season. The team finished in fourth place in the National League with an 86-66 record, 7 games behind the Brooklyn Robins. This season introduced a new uniform design.[1]

Opening day games[edit]

The first game of the home season was on April 20, 1916, at the Polo Grounds. John Purroy Mitchel threw the ceremonial first pitch.[1]

Regular season[edit]

The 1916 Giants set a major league record with the longest streak by a team of consecutive games without a loss: 27 games. The Giants won 26 and tied once between September 7 to 30.[2] Earlier in the season, the Giants had won 17 consecutive games. Despite the winning streaks no Giants pitcher won 20 games.

For the only time in franchise history,[3] the Giants failed to score a run in a three-game series; they were shut out in all three games against St. Louis, August 20–22.[4][5]

Former Federal League star Benny Kauff led the team in runs batted in and stolen bases.

Season standings[edit]

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Brooklyn Robins 94 60 0.610 50–27 44–33
Philadelphia Phillies 91 62 0.595 50–29 41–33
Boston Braves 89 63 0.586 4 41–31 48–32
New York Giants 86 66 0.566 7 47–30 39–36
Chicago Cubs 67 86 0.438 26½ 37–41 30–45
Pittsburgh Pirates 65 89 0.422 29 37–40 28–49
St. Louis Cardinals 60 93 0.392 33½ 36–40 24–53
Cincinnati Reds 60 93 0.392 33½ 32–44 28–49


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1916 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BOS BR CHC CIN NYG PHI PIT STL
Boston 13–9 14–7–2 13–9–1 11–10–1 11–11–1 14–8–1 13–9
Brooklyn 9–13 15–7–1 15–7–1 15–7 11–11 14–8 15–7
Chicago 7–14–2 7–15–1 9–13 10–12 8–14 12–10 14–8
Cincinnati 9–13–1 7–15–1 13–9 5–16 5–17 13–9 8–14
New York 10–11–1 7–15 12–10 16–5 9–13 17–5–2 15–7
Philadelphia 11–11–1 11–11 14–8 17–5 13–9 13–9 12–9
Pittsburgh 8–14–1 8–14 10–12 9–13 5–17–2 9–13 16–6
St. Louis 9–13 7–15 8–14 14–8 7–15 9–12 6–16


Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1916 New York Giants
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Infielders

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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 Bill Rariden 120 351 78 .222 1 29
1B Fred Merkle 112 401 95 .237 7 44
2B Larry Doyle 113 441 118 .268 2 47
3B Bill McKechnie 71 260 64 .246 0 17
SS Art Fletcher 133 500 143 .286 3 66
OF Benny Kauff 154 552 146 .264 9 74
OF Dave Robertson 150 587 180 .307 12 69
OF George Burns 155 623 174 .279 5 41

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
Heinie Zimmerman 40 151 41 .272 0 19
George Kelly 49 76 12 .158 0 3
Mickey Doolan 18 51 12 .235 1 3
Herb Hunter 21 28 7 .250 1 4
José Rodríguez 1 0 0 ---- 0 0
Duke Kelleher 1 0 0 ---- 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
Pol Perritt 40 251 18 11 2.62 115
Rube Benton 38 238.2 16 8 2.87 115
Fred Anderson 38 188 9 13 3.40 98
Slim Sallee 15 111.2 9 4 1.37 35

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
Christy Mathewson 12 65.2 3 4 2.33 16
Emilio Palmero 4 15.2 0 3 8.04 8

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
George Smith 9 3 0 0 2.61 9
Hank Ritter 3 1 0 0 0.00 3

Awards and honors[edit]

League top five finishers[edit]

George Burns

  • NL leader in runs scored (105)
  • 4th in NL in stolen bases (37)

Benny Kauff

  • 2nd in NL in stolen bases (40)
  • 4th in NL in RBI (74)

Dave Robertson

  • MLB leader in home runs (12)
  • 3rd in NL in runs scored (88)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mayor Mitchel To Pitch" (PDF). The New York Times. April 20, 1916. Retrieved 2013-12-26.
  2. ^ Baseball's Top 100: The Game's Greatest Records, p.48, Kerry Banks, 2010, Greystone Books, Vancouver, BC, ISBN 978-1-55365-507-7
  3. ^ As of 2014, considering only games from 1914 onwards.
  4. ^ "Team Batting Streak Finder: Longest Streak with R=0 From 1914 to 2014, Playing for SFG". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved May 8, 2014.
  5. ^ The three shutouts by Montreal in September 1980 were part of a four game series.
  6. ^ Herb Hunter page at Baseball Reference

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