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The Chicago White Sox captured their first American League pennant in 1906, securing first place by winning an American League record 19 straight games during the month of August.  Chicago finished the season with a record of 93-58, three games ahead of the second-place New York Highlanders and five games in front of the third-place Cleveland Naps.  

Hardly an offensive juggernaut, the White Sox posted a team batting average of just .230, typically scratching out their runs by drawing walks and stealing bases.  Shortstop George Davis was the team’s top offensive threat, finishing third in the league with 80 runs batted in.  However, Chicago had an outstanding pitching staff that included Doc White, who finished 18-6 with a league-leading 1.52 ERA, and Ed Walsh, who won 17 games, compiled a 1.88 ERA, and topped the circuit with 10 shutouts.

The White Sox entered the World Series as heavy underdogs against the crosstown Chicago Cubs, who won a National League record 116 games during the regular season.  Nevertheless, it was the light-hitting White Sox who prevailed, as they defeated the powerful Cubs in six games in the only all-Chicago World Series ever.

Other notable events and outstanding performers from the 1906 American League campaign follow:

• St. Louis' George Stone led the American League with a .358 batting average, a .501 slugging percentage, and 291 total bases.

• Cleveland’s Napoleon Lajoie was the league’s best offensive player, topping the circuit with 214 hits and 48 doubles, and finishing second with a .355 batting average, 91 runs batted in, a .392 on-base percentage, and a .465 slugging percentage.

• New York's Al Orth led the American League with 27 wins and 36 complete games.

• After batting .320 in his first full season, Ty Cobb left the Detroit Tigers to testify for his mother, who was on trial for shooting and killing his father.

• On July 18, Washington's Cy Falkenberg became the first American League pitcher to hit a grand slam.

• Philadelphia's Harry Davis led the American League with 12 home runs and 96 runs batted in.

• The A’s failed to score a run in 48 consecutive innings at one point during the month of September.

Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
BOS 1500 5168 463 1223 408 .192 160 75 13 99 1572 .280 .240 .546 138
CHA 1501 4925 567 1133 444 .207 152 52 7 214 1410 .303 .253 .557 226
CLE 1531 5425 664 1514 548 .211 240 73 12 203 1936 .306 .265 .607 191
DET 1438 4930 517 1195 404 .209 154 64 10 206 1507 .276 .253 .540 178
NYA 1565 5095 641 1354 528 .233 166 77 17 192 1725 .305 .298 .604 189
PHA 1478 4883 555 1206 489 .247 213 49 32 165 1613 .326 .318 .666 164
SLA 1468 5030 559 1244 456 .217 145 60 20 221 1569 .294 .266 .560 171
WS1 1472 4956 518 1180 433 .197 144 65 26 233 1532 .285 .245 .574 144

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
BOS 190 49 105 1383 549 285 1435 1360 37 41.670 524 711 124 6 6 27 3
CHA 197 93 58 1375 543 255 1100 1212 11 16.170 326 460 117 32 3 33 1
CLE 184 89 64 1413 530 365 1163 1197 16 18.850 328 482 133 27 4 23 1
DET 176 71 78 1335 469 389 2484 1398 14 38.520 454 596 128 7 4 24 0
NYA 223 90 61 1358 605 351 3630 1236 21 39.530 419 544 99 18 5 36 2
PHA 200 78 67 1323 749 425 1983 1135 9 35.890 382 536 107 18 4 30 1
SLA 175 76 73 1359 558 314 0 1132 14 14.050 336 501 133 17 5 38 2
WS1 198 55 95 1323 558 451 27 1331 15 78.910 478 670 115 13 1 34 1

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
BOS 1453 6570 4109 2126 335 .910 0 0 0 0 31
CHA 1473 6632 4134 2255 243 .925 0 0 0 0 19
CLE 1479 6626 4254 2155 217 .955 0 0 0 0 22
DET 1415 6287 4018 2009 260 .917 0 0 0 0 10
NYA 1521 6306 4063 1971 272 .951 0 0 0 0 18
PHA 1436 6041 3948 1826 267 .954 0 0 0 0 17
SLA 1428 6333 4077 1967 289 .942 0 0 0 0 20
WS1 1432 6164 3965 1920 279 .953 0 0 0 0 20

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1906 World Series, Al Orth, American League, Chicago White Sox, Cy Falkenberg, Doc White, Ed Walsh, George Davis, George Stone, Harry Davis, Nap Lajoie, Ty Cobb

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