1907 Season News

April 11 - Boston's American League team plays its first game with the name Red Sox. They beat the Philadelphia Athletics, 8-4, at Columbia Park.

August 2 - Walter Johnson made his major league debut with the Washington Senators and lost 3-2 to the Detroit Tigers. The first hit he yielded was a bunt single by Ty Cobb.

Popular Boston Americans outfielder / manager Chick Stahl committed suicide while traveling with the team in West Baden Springs, Indiana. A note left behind stated: "Boys, I just couldn't help it. You drove me to it." Cy Young reluctantly agreed to start the season as an interim replacement manager and was followed by two other skippers during the year, George Huff and Bob Unglaub.

On June 28th, the last place Washington Nationals stole a Major League record thirteen bases off of injured New York Yankees catcher Branch Rickey. An injury to starter Red Kleinow forced Rickey into premature service and he was unable to throw accurately to his baseman.

A riot broke out during a July 8th, Chicago Cubs - Brooklyn Dodgers game after Cubs manager Frank Chance, who was being pelted with empty bottles, threw one back into the crowd hitting a young boy. After losing 5-0, the angry New York crowd rushed from the stands forcing Chance to escape Washington Park III in an armored car with a police escort.

The Cleveland Indians became the first team to institute team wide insurance policies after taking out $100,000 of coverage to insure its players against possible injury in railroad accidents.
1907 American League
Team Record GB
Detroit Tigers 92-58 -
Philadelphia Athletics 88-57 1.5
Chicago White Sox 87-64 5.5
Cleveland Naps 85-67 8.0
New York Highlanders 70-78 21.0
St. Louis Browns 69-83 24.0
Boston Americans 59-90 32.5
Washington Senators 49-102 43.5
1907 National League
Team Record GB
Chicago Cubs 107-45 -
Pittsburgh Pirates 91-63 17.0
Philadelphia Phillies 83-64 21.5
New York Giants 82-71 25.5
Brooklyn Superbas 65-83 40.0
Cincinnati Reds 66-87 41.5
Boston Doves 58-90 47.0
St. Louis Cardinals 52-101 55.5
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Detroit Tigers 92 58 0.613 694 4.63 532 3.55 11 8 0.266 0.308 0.335 2.33 380 512 0.958 79
Philadelphia Athletics 88 57 0.607 582 4.01 511 3.52 22 13 0.254 0.307 0.329 2.35 378 789 0.958 67
Chicago White Sox 87 64 0.576 588 3.89 474 3.14 5 13 0.238 0.296 0.283 2.22 305 604 0.966 101
Cleveland Naps 85 67 0.559 530 3.49 525 3.45 11 8 0.241 0.288 0.310 2.26 362 513 0.96 137
New York Highlanders 70 78 0.473 605 4.09 665 4.49 15 13 0.249 0.292 0.315 3.03 428 511 0.947 79
St. Louis Browns 69 83 0.454 542 3.57 555 3.65 10 17 0.253 0.303 0.313 2.61 352 463 0.959 97
Boston Americans 59 90 0.396 464 3.11 558 3.74 18 22 0.234 0.276 0.292 2.45 337 517 0.959 103
Washington Senators 49 102 0.325 506 3.35 691 4.58 12 10 0.243 0.297 0.299 3.11 344 570 0.951 69
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Chicago Cubs 107 45 0.704 574 3.78 390 2.57 13 11 0.250 0.311 0.311 1.73 402 586 0.967 110
Pittsburgh Pirates 91 63 0.591 634 4.12 510 3.31 19 12 0.254 0.319 0.324 2.30 368 497 0.959 75
Philadelphia Phillies 83 64 0.565 512 3.48 476 3.24 12 13 0.236 0.299 0.305 2.43 422 499 0.957 104
New York Giants 82 71 0.536 574 3.75 510 3.33 23 25 0.251 0.322 0.317 2.45 369 655 0.963 75
Brooklyn Superbas 65 83 0.439 446 3.01 522 3.53 18 16 0.232 0.281 0.298 2.38 463 479 0.959 94
Cincinnati Reds 66 87 0.431 526 3.44 519 3.39 15 16 0.247 0.299 0.318 2.41 444 481 0.963 118
Boston Doves 58 90 0.392 502 3.39 652 4.41 22 28 0.243 0.301 0.309 3.33 458 426 0.961 128
St. Louis Cardinals 52 101 0.340 419 2.74 608 3.97 19 20 0.232 0.277 0.288 2.70 500 594 0.947 105