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The National League pennant race essentially ended on April 23, when John McGraw’s defending champion New York Giants took over first place for good.  The Giants ended up winning 105 games, en route to finishing nine games ahead of second-place Pittsburgh and 13 games in front of third-place Chicago.  Led by Ed Reulbach and Mordecai Brown, the Cubs boasted the senior circuit’s best pitching staff – one that featured four of the top five finishers in earned run average.  However, the pennant-winning Giants had the league’s top hurler in Christy Mathewson, who captured the Triple Crown by leading the league with a record of 31-9, a 1.28 ERA, and 206 strikeouts.  He also topped the circuit with eight shutouts, and he placed third with 338 innings pitched.  Mathewson received a considerable amount of help from fellow Giant hurlers Joe McGinnity and Red Ames, and from Mike Donlin, who placed among the league leaders with a .356 batting average.

Cincinnati outfielder Cy Seymour was the league’s top batsman, coming within one home run of winning the Triple Crown.  In addition to finishing second in the senior circuit with eight home runs, Seymour led the league with a .377 batting average, 121 runs batted in, 219 hits, 21 triples, 40 doubles, 325 total bases, and a .559 slugging percentage.

Not surprisingly, the 1905 World Series was the best-pitched Series ever. All five games were shutouts and the loser, Philadelphia, posted a team ERA of 1.47.  Christy Mathewson simply proved to be too much for the A’s, throwing three shutouts and allowing only 15 men to reach base in his 27 innings of work.  New York’s five-game victory gave John McGraw his first true “world championship.”

Other outstanding performances and notable events from around the league follow:

• New York's Roger Bresnahan experimented with the first "batting helmet" after being beaned.

• The Boston Beaneaters’ pitching staff included a record four 20-game losers.  Future Hall of Famer Vic Willis lost a 20th-century record 29 games for the Beaneaters.

• Christy Mathewson became the first 20th century hurler to pitch two no-hitters, blanking Chicago on June 13.

• The Chicago Cubs posted a new National League record 2.04 team ERA and allowed their opponents a total of only 442 runs.

• On April 26, Jack McCarthy of the Cubs made a record three double plays by an outfielder.

• John McGraw was suspended for 15 days and fined $150 by the National League for abusing umpires.

• Irv Young of the Beaneaters established modern major league rookie records by starting 41 games, completing all his starts, and throwing 378 innings.

• Chicago Cubs first baseman Frank Chance was hit by pitches a record five times in a Decoration Day doubleheader.

Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
BRO 1468 5100 506 1255 430 .205 154 60 29 186 1616 .308 .250 .558 136
BSN 1459 5190 468 1217 387 .170 148 52 17 132 1520 .241 .205 .478 86
CHN 1466 5108 667 1249 522 .212 157 82 12 267 1606 .292 .267 .560 193
CIN 1501 5205 736 1401 611 .216 160 101 27 181 0 1844 .355 .277 .642 174
NY1 1531 5094 778 1392 642 .237 191 88 39 291 1876 .351 .305 .674 138
PHI 1488 5243 708 1362 567 .200 187 82 16 180 1761 .284 .250 .558 174
PIT 1511 5213 692 1385 564 .209 190 91 22 202 1823 .316 .273 .611 159
SLN 1457 5066 534 1254 446 .239 140 85 20 162 1624 .307 .291 .599 109

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
BRO 188 48 104 1347 556 476 5743 1416 24 29.850 562 806 125 7 3 18 1
BSN 174 51 103 1383 533 433 5714 1390 36 53.710 541 733 139 14 0 30 3
CHN 177 92 61 1407 627 385 5525 1135 14 14.740 319 442 133 23 2 21 2
CIN 194 79 74 1366 547 439 5681 1409 22 30.340 457 691 119 10 2 32 1
NY1 197 105 48 1370 760 364 5522 1160 25 16.050 364 504 117 17 15 58 3
PHI 197 83 69 1399 516 411 5650 1303 21 34.180 437 603 119 12 5 27 1
PIT 202 96 57 1383 512 389 5577 1270 12 26.030 440 569 113 12 6 36 1
SLN 173 58 96 1348 411 367 5565 1431 28 52.950 537 741 135 10 2 31 2

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
BRO 1446 6449 4029 2012 408 .906 0 0 0 0 21
BSN 1437 6599 4134 2141 324 .911 0 0 0 0 42
CHN 1436 6476 4207 2021 248 .960 0 0 0 0 24
CIN 1463 6545 4085 2150 310 .932 0 0 0 0 36
NY1 1492 6417 4102 2057 258 .939 0 0 0 0 24
PHI 1453 6372 4167 1930 275 .923 0 0 0 0 13
PIT 1480 6462 4118 2089 255 .950 0 0 0 0 25
SLN 1428 6340 4042 2024 274 .946 0 0 0 0 17

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1905 World Series, Christy Mathewson, Cy Seymour, Ed Reulbach, Frank Chance, Irv Young, Jack McCarthy, Joe McGinnity, John McGraw, Mike Donlin, Mordecai Brown, New York Giants, Red Ames, Roger Bresnahan, Vic Willis

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