1919 Season News

On June 23rd, Boston Red Sox first baseman Stuffy McInnis made his first fielding error after successfully handling five-hundred twenty-six chances.

On June 8th, the Philadelphia Phillies outsmarted the New York Giants and broke the record for most stolen bases in an inning (set by Washington in 1915) after four runners made it to first base in the ninth and each stole both second and third.

The National League voted to ban the use of spitball's by all new pitchers. The ban was formally worked out by the Rules Committee the following February and was expanded to include the use of all foreign substances (saliva, resin, talcum powder, paraffin) as well as any other alterations (shine or emery) to balls by pitchers.

On April 23, 1919, Walter Johnson threw a record fifth career Opening Day shutout. President Woodrow Wilson missed this occasion, but sent Army Chief of Staff General Peyton C. March who became the first active General to throw out an Opening Day pitch.
1919 American League
Team Record GB
Chicago White Sox 88-52 -
Cleveland Indians 84-55 3.5
New York Yankees 80-59 7.5
Detroit Tigers 80-60 8.0
St. Louis Browns 67-72 20.5
Boston Red Sox 66-71 20.5
Washington Senators 56-84 32.0
Philadelphia Athletics 36-104 52.0
1919 National League
Team Record GB
Cincinnati Reds 96-44 -
New York Giants 87-53 9.0
Chicago Cubs 75-65 21.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 71-68 24.5
Brooklyn Robins 69-71 27.0
Boston Braves 57-82 38.5
St. Louis Cardinals 54-83 40.5
Philadelphia Phillies 47-90 47.5
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Chicago White Sox 88 52 0.629 667 4.76 534 3.81 25 24 0.287 0.347 0.380 3.04 342 468 0.969 116
Cleveland Indians 84 55 0.604 636 4.58 537 3.86 24 19 0.278 0.349 0.381 2.94 362 432 0.965 102
New York Yankees 80 59 0.576 578 4.16 506 3.64 45 47 0.267 0.322 0.356 2.82 433 500 0.968 108
Detroit Tigers 80 60 0.571 618 4.41 578 4.13 23 35 0.283 0.343 0.381 3.30 436 428 0.964 81
St. Louis Browns 67 72 0.482 533 3.83 567 4.08 31 35 0.264 0.321 0.355 3.13 421 415 0.963 98
Boston Red Sox 66 71 0.482 564 4.12 552 4.03 33 16 0.261 0.331 0.344 3.31 421 381 0.975 118
Washington Senators 56 84 0.400 533 3.81 570 4.07 24 20 0.260 0.320 0.339 3.01 451 536 0.960 86
Philadelphia Athletics 36 104 0.257 457 3.26 742 5.30 35 44 0.244 0.296 0.334 4.26 503 417 0.956 96
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Cincinnati Reds 96 44 0.686 577 4.12 401 2.86 20 21 0.263 0.323 0.342 2.23 298 407 0.974 98
New York Giants 87 53 0.621 605 4.32 470 3.36 40 34 0.269 0.317 0.366 2.70 305 340 0.964 96
Chicago Cubs 75 65 0.536 454 3.24 407 2.91 21 14 0.256 0.302 0.332 2.21 294 495 0.969 87
Pittsburgh Pirates 71 68 0.511 472 3.40 466 3.35 17 23 0.249 0.302 0.325 2.88 263 391 0.969 89
Brooklyn Robins 69 71 0.493 525 3.75 513 3.66 25 21 0.263 0.300 0.340 2.73 292 476 0.963 84
Boston Braves 57 82 0.410 465 3.35 563 4.05 24 29 0.253 0.305 0.324 3.17 337 374 0.966 111
St. Louis Cardinals 54 83 0.394 463 3.38 552 4.03 18 25 0.256 0.302 0.326 3.23 415 414 0.963 112
Philadelphia Phillies 47 90 0.343 510 3.72 699 5.10 42 40 0.251 0.299 0.342 4.14 408 397 0.963 112