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The 1907 campaign began with Al Spalding having created a commission to unearth the origins of baseball.  The commission eventually concluded that Abner Doubleday invented the sport, basing its decision primarily on the vague testimony of one witness to what was purported to have been the first game ever played.  Other developments off the field included the creation of a rule that credited a player with a game played if he made any sort of appearance in a contest, and the revival by Jim Price of the New York Press of the practice of recording RBIs.  Additionally, the American League’s Boston franchise became more commonly known as the “Red Sox” for the first time, and Chick Stahl, the team’s player/manager, committed suicide during spring training.

Meanwhile, on the playing field, former Baltimore Orioles shortstop Hughie Jennings assumed the managerial position of the Detroit Tigers.  Jennings made one of his first moves the insertion of young Ty Cobb into the team’s everyday lineup.  With Cobb leading the way, the Tigers climbed 21 games in the standings, capturing their first American League pennant by edging out the second-place Philadelphia Athletics by 1 ½ games, with a record of 92-58.  Cobb batted a league-leading .350 and also topped the circuit with 119 runs batted in, 212 hits, 53 stolen bases, 283 total bases, and a .468 slugging percentage.  He received a considerable amount of help from fellow Detroit outfielder Sam Crawford, who led the league with 102 runs scored and finished second to Cobb with a .323 batting average and a .460 slugging percentage.  Wild Bill Donovan headed Detroit’s pitching staff, finishing the year with a record of 25-4 and a 2.19 ERA.  However, the Tigers disappointed in the World Series, managing just a tie in their five-game loss to the Chicago Cubs.  Chicago pitching held Detroit to only six runs in the five contests.   

Second-place Philadelphia had the American League’s deepest starting rotation, featuring Rube Waddell, Chief Bender, Jack Coombs, Eddie Plank, and 22-year-old Jimmy Dygert, who compiled a record of 20-9 and a 2.34 ERA.  But, with 10 members of their team over age 30, the A’s ran out of gas at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, the defending champion Chicago White Sox, who finished third in the league, 5 ½ games behind Detroit, featured arguably the junior circuit’s top hurler in Ed Walsh.  The spit-balling right-hander won 24 games and led all A.L. pitchers with a 1.60 ERA, 37 complete games, and 422 innings pitched.

Other outstanding performers and notable events from around the league included:

• Cleveland's Addie Joss tied for the A.L. lead with 27 wins and finished third with a 1.83 ERA.

• Rube Waddell struck out 232 batters, to win the last of his seven strikeout titles.

Walter Johnson made his debut with the Washington Senators.

• 40 year-old Cy Young won 22 games and posted a 1.99 ERA.

• Philadelphia’s Harry Davis hit eight home runs, to win the last of his four consecutive A.L. home run crowns.

• New York Highlander backup catcher Branch Rickey allowed a record 13 stolen bases to Washington on June 28.

• Despite posting a 2.59 ERA for the pennant-winning Tigers, who lost only 58 games all year, George Mullin compiled a record of just 20-20.  Mullin’s 20 losses made him the only 20th century hurler to lose as many as 20 games for a first-place team.

Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
BOS 1580 5235 466 1224 405 .199 154 48 18 125 0 1528 .273 .261 .551 0 0 146
CHA 1555 5070 584 1205 474 .209 149 33 5 175 1435 .302 .246 .549 181
CLE 1534 5068 530 1221 433 .198 182 68 11 193 1572 .277 .246 .523 177
DET 1500 5204 696 1383 551 .212 179 75 11 192 1745 .298 .279 .603 162
NYA 1520 5044 605 1258 497 .172 150 67 15 206 1587 .278 .212 .529 129
PHA 1486 5010 582 1276 485 .202 220 44 22 137 0 1650 .288 .257 .570 0 0 176
SLA 1489 5224 538 1324 433 .208 154 63 10 144 1634 .291 .249 .552 151
WS1 1578 5112 507 1243 414 .223 134 57 12 223 1527 .308 .275 .599 137

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
BOS 225 59 90 1413 517 337 5689 1222 22 44.500 385 556 100 17 7 28 4
CHA 210 87 64 1406 604 305 5705 1279 13 18.170 347 475 112 16 9 31 1
CLE 194 85 67 1392 513 362 5726 1253 8 24.240 350 523 127 20 5 46 1
DET 188 92 58 1371 512 380 5702 1281 8 25.780 355 537 120 15 7 20 1
NYA 219 70 78 1334 511 428 5773 1327 13 63.070 449 671 93 7 5 30 2
PHA 215 88 57 1355 789 378 5549 1106 13 40.300 353 509 106 27 6 36 1
SLA 183 69 83 1380 463 352 5658 1254 17 27.170 400 560 129 15 9 22 1
WS1 211 49 102 1352 570 344 5807 1383 10 75.450 467 690 106 11 5 53 2

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
BOS 1493 6673 4230 2169 274 .933 0 0 0 0 23
CHA 1510 6858 4207 2419 232 .953 0 0 0 0 24
CLE 1490 6630 4166 2200 264 .941 0 0 0 0 30
DET 1462 6327 4108 1954 265 .932 0 0 0 0 26
NYA 1478 6316 4004 1976 336 .902 0 0 0 0 24
PHA 1458 6287 4065 1959 263 .934 0 0 0 0 14
SLA 1448 6537 4137 2134 266 .951 0 0 0 0 13
WS1 1506 6324 4050 1965 309 .938 0 0 0 0 25

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1907 World Series, Abner Doubleday, Addie Joss, Al Spalding, American League, Bill Donovan, Branch Rickey, Chick Stahl, Chief Bender, Cy Young, Detroit Tigers, Ed Walsh, Eddie Plank, George Mullin, Harry Davis, Hughie Jennings, Jack Coombs, Jimmy Dygert, Rube Waddell, Sam Crawford, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson

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