1901 Philadelphia Athletics season

1901 Philadelphia Athletics season

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

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

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

Notable transactions

  • June 1901: Tom Leahy was signed as a free agent by the Athletics.[3]
  • July 1901: Tom Leahy was acquired from the Athletics by the Providence Grays.[3]
  • July 20, 1901: Snake Wiltse was signed as a free agent by the Athletics.[4]

Roster

1901 Philadelphia Athletics
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

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

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

Starting pitchers

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

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

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

References

  • 1901 Philadelphia Athletics team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1901 Philadelphia Athletics team page at www.baseball-almanac.com