1909 Chicago Cubs season

1909 Chicago Cubs season

The 1909 Chicago Cubs won 104 games but finished second in the National League, 6½ games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cubs had won the pennant the previous three years and would win it again in 1910.

The legendary infield of Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, Frank Chance, and Harry Steinfeldt was still intact, but it was the pitching staff that excelled. The Cubs pitchers had a collective earned run average of 1.75, a microscopic figure even for the dead-ball era. Three Finger Brown was one of the top two pitchers in the league (with Christy Mathewson) again, going 27-9 with a 1.31 ERA.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings


Roster

1909 Chicago Cubs
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
1B Chance, FrankFrank Chance 93 324 88 .272 0 46
2B Evers, JohnnyJohnny Evers 127 463 122 .263 1 24
SS Tinker, JoeJoe Tinker 143 516 132 .256 4 57

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
Zimmerman, HeinieHeinie Zimmerman 65 183 50 .273 0 21
Stanley, JoeJoe Stanley 22 52 7 .135 0 2

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
Brown, MordecaiMordecai Brown 50 342.2 27 9 1.31 172
Overall, OrvalOrval Overall 38 285 20 11 1.42 205
Reulbach, EdEd Reulbach 35 262.2 19 10 1.78 105
Brown, RayRay Brown 1 9 1 0 2.00 2
Cole, KingKing Cole 1 9 1 0 0.00 1
Coakley, AndyAndy Coakley 1 2 0 1 18.00 1

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
Hagerman, RipRip Hagerman 13 79 4 4 1.82 32

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

Awards and honors

League top five finishers

Mordecai Brown

  • NL leader in wins (27)
  • #2 in NL in ERA (1.31)
  • #4 in NL in strikeouts (172)

Orval Overall

  • MLB leader in strikeouts (205)
  • #3 in NL in ERA (1.42)

Notes

References

  • 1909 Chicago Cubs season at Baseball Reference