1917 Season News

American League president Ban Johnson instructed all AL umpires not to tolerate unnecessary delays. His statement was in support of a complaint by Charles Comiskey that protested some managers and players who he felt were intentionally stretching games to two hours or more.

On September 15th, the Washington Senators' Harry Harper and Walter Johnson tossed back-to-back shutouts (5-0, 4-0) during a double header against the Philadelphia Athletics.

On May 26th, St. Louis Cardinals slugger Walton Cruise became the first player ever to hit a ball out of Braves Park. His four-hundred two foot blast landed in the twenty-five cent stands in right field (known as the "Jury Box"). Amazingly, the next ball hit out of the park also came off the bat of Cruise (1921) when he returned as a Boston Brave.

Hank Gowdy of the Boston Braves became the first Major League player to enlist in the armed forces after he registered with the Ohio National Guard. During the war, Gowdy saw considerable action in France and after he returned in 1919, he shared Boston's catching duties before he was re-acquired by the New York Giants in 1923.  
1917 American League
Team Record GB
Chicago White Sox 100-54 -
Boston Red Sox 90-62 9.0
Cleveland Indians 88-66 12.0
Detroit Tigers 78-75 21.5
Washington Senators 74-79 25.5
New York Yankees 71-82 28.5
St. Louis Browns 57-97 43.0
Philadelphia Athletics 55-98 44.5
1917 National League
Team Record GB
New York Giants 98-56 -
Philadelphia Phillies 87-65 10.0
St. Louis Cardinals 82-70 15.0
Cincinnati Reds 78-76 20.0
Chicago Cubs 74-80 24.0
Boston Braves 72-81 25.5
Brooklyn Robins 70-81 26.5
Pittsburgh Pirates 51-103 47.0
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Chicago White Sox 100 54 0.649 656 4.26 464 3.01 18 10 0.253 0.323 0.326 2.16 413 517 0.968 117
Boston Red Sox 90 62 0.592 555 3.65 454 2.99 14 12 0.246 0.310 0.319 2.20 413 509 0.972 116
Cleveland Indians 88 66 0.571 584 3.79 543 3.53 13 17 0.245 0.320 0.322 2.52 438 451 0.964 136
Detroit Tigers 78 75 0.510 639 4.18 577 3.77 25 12 0.259 0.323 0.344 2.56 504 516 0.964 95
Washington Senators 74 79 0.484 543 3.55 566 3.70 4 12 0.241 0.308 0.304 2.75 537 637 0.961 127
New York Yankees 71 82 0.464 524 3.42 558 3.65 27 28 0.239 0.306 0.308 2.66 427 571 0.965 129
St. Louis Browns 57 97 0.370 510 3.31 687 4.46 15 19 0.246 0.301 0.315 3.20 537 429 0.957 139
Philadelphia Athletics 55 98 0.359 529 3.46 691 4.52 17 23 0.254 0.312 0.323 3.27 562 516 0.961 106
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
New York Giants 98 56 0.636 635 4.12 457 2.97 39 29 0.261 0.310 0.343 2.27 327 551 0.968 122
Philadelphia Phillies 87 65 0.572 578 3.80 500 3.29 38 25 0.248 0.307 0.339 2.46 325 616 0.967 112
St. Louis Cardinals 82 70 0.539 531 3.49 567 3.73 26 29 0.250 0.300 0.333 3.03 421 502 0.967 153
Cincinnati Reds 78 76 0.506 601 3.90 611 3.97 26 20 0.264 0.305 0.354 2.70 402 488 0.962 120
Chicago Cubs 74 80 0.481 552 3.58 567 3.68 17 34 0.239 0.296 0.313 2.62 374 654 0.959 121
Boston Braves 72 81 0.471 536 3.50 552 3.61 22 19 0.246 0.303 0.320 2.77 371 593 0.966 122
Brooklyn Robins 70 81 0.464 511 3.38 559 3.70 25 32 0.247 0.292 0.322 2.78 405 582 0.962 102
Pittsburgh Pirates 51 103 0.331 464 3.01 595 3.86 9 14 0.238 0.293 0.298 3.01 432 509 0.961 119