1903 Season News

World Series: Boston Americans over Pittsburgh Pirates (5-3), in the first modern World Series.

Cleveland Indians rookie Jesse Stovall threw an eleven-inning shutout in his first Major League start to defeat the Detroit Tigers 1-0. The feat still remains as the longest shutout ever for a major league pitching debut.

At a post-season American League meeting, Ban Johnson was unanimously re-elected president and given a raise of $10,000. The American League owners also voted to allow base-running coaches at first and third at all times and to institute the "foul strike" rule in which a foul would be counted as a strike unless there are already two on the batter.

Cincinnati Reds shortstop Tommy Corcoran set a Major League record after totaling fourteen assists in a 4-2 regulation win over the St. Louis Cardinals. Lave Cross, of the Philadelphia Athletics, had originally racked up fifteen assists during a twelve-inning game in 1897.

Baseball rules committee chairman Tom Loftus announced that the pitcher's box would not be more than fifteen inches higher than the baselines or home plate.
1903 American League
Team Record GB
Boston Americans 91-47 -
Philadelphia Athletics 75-60 14.5
Cleveland Naps 77-63 15.0
New York Highlanders 72-62 17.0
Detroit Tigers 65-71 25.0
St. Louis Browns 65-74 26.5
Chicago White Sox 60-77 30.5
Washington Senators 43-94 47.5
1903 National League
Team Record GB
Pittsburgh Pirates 91-49 -
New York Giants 84-55 6.5
Chicago Cubs 82-56 8.0
Cincinnati Reds 74-65 16.5
Brooklyn Superbas 70-66 19.0
Boston Beaneaters 58-80 32.0
Philadelphia Phillies 49-86 39.5
St. Louis Cardinals 43-94 46.5
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Boston Americans 91 47 0.659 708 5.13 504 3.65 48 23 0.272 0.308 0.392 2.57 269 579 0.959 86
Philadelphia Athletics 75 60 0.556 597 4.42 519 3.84 32 20 0.264 0.304 0.363 2.98 315 728 0.960 66
Cleveland Naps 77 63 0.550 639 4.56 579 4.14 31 16 0.265 0.303 0.373 2.73 271 521 0.946 99
New York Highlanders 72 62 0.537 579 4.32 573 4.28 18 19 0.249 0.300 0.330 3.08 245 463 0.953 87
Detroit Tigers 65 71 0.478 567 4.17 539 3.96 12 19 0.268 0.312 0.351 2.75 336 554 0.950 82
St. Louis Browns 65 74 0.468 500 3.60 525 3.78 12 26 0.244 0.286 0.317 2.77 237 511 0.953 94
Chicago White Sox 60 77 0.438 516 3.77 613 4.47 14 23 0.247 0.296 0.314 3.02 287 391 0.949 85
Washington Senators 43 94 0.314 437 3.19 691 5.04 17 38 0.231 0.272 0.311 3.82 306 452 0.953 86
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Pittsburgh Pirates 91 49 0.650 793 5.66 613 4.38 34 9 0.286 0.335 0.393 2.91 384 454 0.951 100
New York Giants 84 55 0.604 729 5.24 567 4.08 20 20 0.272 0.326 0.344 2.95 371 628 0.951 87
Chicago Cubs 82 56 0.594 695 5.04 599 4.34 9 14 0.275 0.334 0.347 2.77 354 451 0.943 78
Cincinnati Reds 74 65 0.532 765 5.50 656 4.72 28 14 0.288 0.343 0.390 3.07 378 480 0.946 84
Brooklyn Superbas 70 66 0.515 667 4.90 682 5.01 15 18 0.265 0.341 0.339 3.44 377 438 0.951 98
Boston Beaneaters 58 80 0.420 578 4.19 699 5.07 25 30 0.245 0.304 0.318 3.34 460 516 0.938 89
Philadelphia Phillies 49 86 0.363 617 4.57 738 5.47 12 21 0.268 0.317 0.341 3.96 425 381 0.947 76
St. Louis Cardinals 43 94 0.314 505 3.69 795 5.80 8 25 0.251 0.293 0.313 3.67 430 419 0.943 111