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Offensive numbers suffered throughout the National League in 1901, after the senior circuit elected to count foul balls as strikes (before the count reached two strikes) for the first time.  Total runs dropped by almost 800, and the league batting average fell from .279 to .267.  Even stolen base totals were adversely affected, as at-bats were shortened and strikeout totals skyrocketed.

Nevertheless, the senior circuit had its fair share of outstanding offensive performers.  Brooklyn’s Jimmy Sheckard hit 11 home runs, amassed 19 triples, and led the league with a .534 slugging percentage.  St. Louis outfielder Jesse Burkett topped the circuit with a .376 batting average, 142 runs scored, and 226 hits.  In his first full season, Cincinnati outfielder Sam Crawford batted .330 and led the league with 16 home runs.  However, Sheckard, Burkett, and Crawford all took a backseat to Honus Wagner, who was easily the league’s finest all-around player for the second consecutive year.  Wagner led the N.L. with 126 runs batted in and 49 stolen bases, and he also placed among the leaders with a .353 batting average, 194 hits, 37 doubles, and a .416 on-base percentage.

Wagner’s efforts enabled the Pittsburgh Pirates to capture their first National League pennant.  The Pirates finished 7 ½ games ahead of the second-place Philadelphia Phillies, with a record of 90-49.  Wagner, though, received a great deal of help from his Pittsburgh teammates.  Outfielders Ginger Beaumont and Fred Clarke both scored well over 100 runs and batted over .320.  Pitchers Jack Chesbro and Deacon Phillippe finished 21-10 and 22-12, respectively.  Meanwhile, Jesse Tannehill won the ERA title with a mark of 2.18.       

Other performances that highlighted the National League’s 1901 campaign follow:

• Brooklyn's Wild Bill Donovan leads the National League in wins (25) and walks (152).

Noodles Hahn sets a modern record for most pitching wins for a last-place team by winning 22 games for the Reds.  Hahn also sets a 20th-century record for left-handers by completing 41 of his starts.  He further distinguishes himself by leading the league with 239 strikeouts and establishing a new post-1893 record by fanning 16 Boston Braves on May 22.

Christy Mathewson wins 20 games for the Giants in his first full season and hurls a no-hitter vs. St. Louis on July 15.

• The New York Giants collect a record 31 hits on June 9, six of them by Kip Selbach.

Willie Keeler collects at least 200 hits for the eighth straight year, a National League record.

Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
BRO 1294 4879 744 1399 633 .242 206 93 32 178 1887 .322 .299 .635 80
BSN 1310 4746 533 1180 449 .211 135 36 28 158 1471 .279 .272 .552 135
CHN 1308 4844 578 1250 481 .235 153 61 18 204 1579 .360 .288 .661 67
CIN 1334 4914 561 1232 476 .182 173 70 38 137 1659 .281 .227 .539 113
NY1 1350 4839 544 1225 458 .195 167 46 19 133 1541 .279 .243 .546 73
PHI 1301 4793 668 1275 552 .270 194 58 24 199 1657 .394 .331 .725 126
PIT 1315 4913 777 1407 636 .224 182 92 29 203 1860 .338 .289 .639 117
SLN 1355 5039 792 1430 657 .254 187 94 39 190 1922 .350 .347 .713 122

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
BRO 163 79 57 1214 583 435 1563 1244 18 34.390 424 600 111 7 5 28 1
BSN 153 69 69 1262 558 349 5115 1196 29 14.860 407 556 128 11 0 29 2
CHN 149 53 86 1242 586 324 1099 1348 27 21.800 460 698 131 2 0 33 2
CIN 160 52 87 1264 542 365 1971 1469 51 78.050 587 818 126 4 0 31 0
NY1 165 52 85 1232 542 377 3379 1389 24 120.160 530 755 118 10 1 48 3
PHI 156 83 57 1247 480 259 1254 1221 19 35.590 397 543 125 14 2 24 2
PIT 161 90 49 1245 505 244 2535 1198 20 33.770 357 534 119 15 4 21 2
SLN 171 76 64 1269 445 332 1647 1333 39 58.960 519 689 118 5 5 37 1

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
BRO 1280 5578 3636 1661 281 .934 0 0 0 0 31
BSN 1284 5817 3785 1750 282 .888 0 0 0 0 15
CHN 1304 5871 3724 1811 336 .935 0 0 0 0 30
CIN 1314 5951 3790 1806 355 .893 0 0 0 0 13
NY1 1326 5921 3690 1885 346 .881 0 0 0 0 48
PHI 1298 5751 3730 1759 262 .956 0 0 0 0 37
PIT 1303 5761 3728 1748 285 .905 0 0 0 0 23
SLN 1326 6026 3809 1912 305 .931 0 0 0 0 29

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Bill Donovan, Christy Mathewson, Deacon Phillippe, Fred Clarke, Ginger Beaumont, Honus Wagner, Jack Chesbro, Jesse Burkett, Jesse Tannehill, Jimmy Sheckard, Kip Selbach, New York Giants, Noodles Hahn, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Sam Crawford, Willie Keeler

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