1909 Season News

On April 27th, the Chicago White Sox won their third 1-0 game over the St. Louis Browns in three days, setting an early American League record for consecutive 1-0 wins. Hits in all three games (by both teams combined) totaled a meager eighteen.

Detroit Tigers legend Ty Cobb clinched the American League home run title after hitting nine, inside-the-park round-trippers. In doing so, he became the only player of the century to lead a league in home runs without ever actually hitting one "out of the park".

The National League deprived umpires the ability to levy fines and declared that all relief pitchers must retire at least one batter before being relieved themselves.

Pittsburgh Pirate Honus Wagner stole his way around the bases in the first inning of a May 2nd nightcap against the Chicago Cubs. In doing so, Wagner set a National League record as the first player ever to pull off the feat three times. Amazingly, he would duplicate the effort again the following day.

Play-By-Play, broadcasting came one step closer as the first use of wireless technology to transmit baseball results was conducted at the Columbia University Wireless Club. The proceedings of the game between the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia were relayed from the Bellevue-Stratford in Philadelphia to New York's Waldorf Astoria, where Columbia students received the messages.

In June, Benjamin Shibe, of Bala, Pennsylvania, obtained a patent for a new cork-centered baseball. Spalding Sporting Goods later licensed the idea and began manufacturing it for distribution in both the major and minor leagues.
1909 American League
Team Record GB
Detroit Tigers 98-54 -
Philadelphia Athletics 95-58 3.5
Boston Red Sox 88-63 9.5
Chicago White Sox 78-74 20.0
New York Highlanders 74-77 23.5
Cleveland Naps 71-82 27.5
St. Louis Browns 61-89 36.0
Washington Senators 42-110 56.0
1909 National League
Team Record GB
Pittsburgh Pirates 110-42 -
Chicago Cubs 104-49 6.5
New York Giants 92-61 18.5
Cincinnati Reds 77-76 33.5
Philadelphia Phillies 74-79 36.5
Brooklyn Superbas 55-98 55.5
St. Louis Cardinals 54-98 56.0
Boston Doves 45-108 65.5
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 98 54 0.645 666 4.38 493 3.24 19 16 0.267 0.320 0.342 2.26 359 528 0.960 87
Philadelphia Athletics 95 58 0.621 605 3.95 408 2.67 21 9 0.256 0.313 0.343 1.93 386 728 0.961 92
Boston Red Sox 88 63 0.583 597 3.95 550 3.64 20 18 0.263 0.311 0.333 2.59 384 555 0.955 95
Chicago White Sox 78 74 0.513 492 3.24 463 3.05 4 8 0.221 0.284 0.275 2.05 340 669 0.964 101
New York Highlanders 74 77 0.490 590 3.91 587 3.89 16 21 0.248 0.305 0.311 2.65 422 597 0.948 94
Cleveland Naps 71 82 0.464 493 3.22 532 3.48 10 9 0.241 0.281 0.313 2.40 348 568 0.957 110
St. Louis Browns 61 89 0.407 441 2.94 575 3.83 10 16 0.232 0.280 0.279 2.88 383 620 0.958 107
Washington Senators 42 110 0.276 380 2.50 656 4.32 9 12 0.223 0.270 0.275 3.04 424 653 0.957 100
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 110 42 0.724 699 4.60 447 2.94 25 12 0.260 0.323 0.353 2.07 320 490 0.964 100
Chicago Cubs 104 49 0.680 635 4.15 390 2.55 20 6 0.245 0.304 0.322 1.75 364 680 0.962 95
New York Giants 92 61 0.601 623 4.07 546 3.57 26 28 0.254 0.323 0.328 2.27 397 735 0.954 99
Cincinnati Reds 77 76 0.503 606 3.96 599 3.92 22 5 0.250 0.315 0.323 2.52 510 477 0.952 120
Philadelphia Phillies 74 79 0.484 516 3.37 518 3.39 12 23 0.244 0.296 0.309 2.44 472 612 0.962 97
Brooklyn Superbas 55 98 0.359 444 2.90 627 4.10 16 32 0.229 0.276 0.296 3.10 528 594 0.956 86
St. Louis Cardinals 54 98 0.355 583 3.84 731 4.81 15 22 0.243 0.319 0.303 3.41 483 435 0.950 90
Boston Doves 45 108 0.294 435 2.84 683 4.46 15 23 0.223 0.281 0.274 3.20 543 414 0.948 101