1916 Season News

Cleveland Indians catcher Steve O'Neill completed an amazing thirty-six double plays for a Major League season record for catchers that still stands to date.

On May 9th, the Philadelphia Athletics and Detroit Tigers combined to set a Major League record with thirty walks during a 16-2, "Motor City" win. Eighteen were issued by the A's, (who went on to finish the season with 715). Detroit added eleven more the following day for a two-game Major League record of twenty-nine.

The National League, which was celebrating its fortieth anniversary, voted down a proposal by the New York Giants, Boston Braves, and Chicago Cubs to increase their player limit from twenty-one to twenty-two.

On June 22nd, the Boston Braves pulled off the only National League extra-inning triple steal to beat the New York Giants 3-1 in the eleventh. In 1941, the American League would match the feat with their only recorded triple swipe.

Chicago Cubs owner Charles Weeghman became the first to officially allow fans to keep any and all balls hit into the stands. His decision followed an incident in which a fan fought with park attendants after catching a foul ball during the St. Louis Cardinals' series.

On September 8, 1916, Wally Schang of the Philadelphia Athletics became the first Major League player to hit home runs from both sides of the plate during the same game.
1916 American League
Team Record GB
Boston Red Sox 91-63 -
Chicago White Sox 89-65 2.0
Detroit Tigers 87-67 4.0
New York Yankees 80-74 11.0
St. Louis Browns 79-75 12.0
Cleveland Indians 77-77 14.0
Washington Senators 76-77 14.5
Philadelphia Athletics 36-117 54.5
1916 National League
Team Record GB
Brooklyn Robins 94-60 -
Philadelphia Phillies 91-62 2.5
Boston Braves 89-63 4.0
New York Giants 86-66 7.0
Chicago Cubs 67-86 26.5
Pittsburgh Pirates 65-89 29.0
St. Louis Cardinals 60-93 33.5
Cincinnati Reds 60-93 33.5
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 Red Sox 91 63 0.591 550 3.57 480 3.12 14 10 0.248 0.312 0.318 2.48 463 584 0.972 108
Chicago White Sox 89 65 0.578 601 3.90 497 3.23 17 14 0.251 0.312 0.339 2.36 405 644 0.968 134
Detroit Tigers 87 67 0.565 670 4.35 595 3.86 17 12 0.264 0.334 0.350 2.97 578 531 0.968 110
New York Yankees 80 74 0.519 577 3.75 561 3.64 35 37 0.246 0.314 0.326 2.77 476 616 0.967 119
St. Louis Browns 79 75 0.513 588 3.82 545 3.54 14 15 0.245 0.326 0.307 2.58 478 505 0.963 120
Cleveland Indians 77 77 0.500 630 4.09 602 3.91 16 16 0.250 0.320 0.331 2.90 467 537 0.965 130
Washington Senators 76 77 0.497 536 3.50 543 3.55 12 14 0.242 0.314 0.306 2.67 490 706 0.964 119
Philadelphia Athletics 36 117 0.235 447 2.92 776 5.07 19 26 0.242 0.299 0.313 3.92 715 575 0.952 126
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Brooklyn Robins 94 60 0.610 585 3.80 471 3.06 28 24 0.261 0.308 0.345 2.12 372 634 0.965 90
Philadelphia Phillies 91 62 0.595 581 3.80 489 3.20 42 28 0.250 0.305 0.351 2.36 295 601 0.963 119
Boston Braves 89 63 0.586 542 3.57 453 2.98 22 24 0.233 0.294 0.307 2.19 325 644 0.967 124
New York Giants 86 66 0.566 597 3.93 504 3.32 42 41 0.253 0.302 0.343 2.60 310 638 0.966 108
Chicago Cubs 67 86 0.438 520 3.40 541 3.54 46 32 0.239 0.293 0.325 2.65 365 616 0.957 104
Pittsburgh Pirates 65 89 0.422 484 3.14 586 3.81 20 24 0.240 0.291 0.316 2.76 443 596 0.959 97
St. Louis Cardinals 60 93 0.392 476 3.11 629 4.11 25 31 0.243 0.290 0.318 3.14 445 529 0.957 124
Cincinnati Reds 60 93 0.392 505 3.30 617 4.03 14 35 0.254 0.302 0.331 3.10 461 569 0.965 126