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The Chicago Cubs began a three-year reign as National League champions in 1906, dominating the league with an incredible record of 116-36 that enabled them to finish 20 games ahead of the second-place New York Giants.  The Cubs featured outstanding defense and a solid offense that outscored the nearest team by 80 runs.  Their lineup included future Hall of Fame infielders Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance, with the latter serving as the team’s player-manager.  In addition to leading the team to an all-time National League record 116 victories, Chance tied Honus Wagner for the league lead in runs scored (103) and on-base percentage (.406).  Meanwhile, third baseman Harry Steinfeldt batted .327 and topped the circuit with 83 runs batted in and 176 hits.

Still, it was the Cubs’ pitching that truly separated them from the rest of the National League.  The Cubs had four starters that finished among the league leaders in earned run average, en route to posting an all-time best 1.76 team ERA and allowing their opponents a total of only 381 runs.  The best of the Chicago hurlers was Mordecai Brown, who compiled a 26-6 record and a league-leading nine shutouts, completed 27 of his 32 starts, and established a 20th century record by pitching to a 1.04 ERA.

Chicago so dominated the senior circuit that the entire second division – Brooklyn, Cincinnati, St. Louis, and Boston – finished 50 or more games off the pace.  Yet, the Cubs found themselves victimized in the World Series by the Chicago White Sox, who shocked their crosstown rivals by upsetting them in six games.

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

• On Oct. 10, Cubs hurler Ed Reulbach pitched the first one-hitter in World Series history.

Joe McGinnity of the New York Giants led the National League with 27 wins.

• New York manager John McGraw engaged in a savage fight with Phillies rookie infielder Paul Sentell.

• By compiling a record of 60-15 on the road, the Cubs posted the best road record in major league history.

• Johnny Lush of the Phillies threw a no-hitter against Brooklyn on May 1.

• Mal Eason of Brooklyn tossed a no-hitter against St. Louis on July 20.

• On May 15, the Giants' Hooks Wiltse became the first pitcher since 1893 to fan seven batters in a row in one game.

Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
BRO 1469 4897 495 1156 407 .230 141 68 25 175 1508 .325 .324 .680 162
BSN 1425 4925 408 1115 330 .187 136 43 16 95 1385 .267 .225 .513 119
CHN 1483 5018 704 1316 539 .204 181 71 20 283 0 1699 .306 .250 .582 0 0 231
CIN 1473 5025 530 1198 454 .192 140 71 16 170 1528 .299 .242 .564 157
NY1 1540 4768 625 1217 513 .237 162 53 14 288 1527 .367 .301 .681 154
PHI 1514 4911 530 1183 444 .151 197 47 12 180 1510 .273 .197 .510 145
PIT 1508 5030 622 1313 497 .214 164 67 12 162 1647 .327 .252 .616 190
SLN 1491 5075 475 1195 362 .211 137 69 9 110 1497 .286 .251 .551 139

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
BRO 189 66 86 1350 476 453 5526 1255 15 32.00.00 469 625 119 22 11 18 2
BSN 167 49 102 1333 562 436 5481 1291 24 37.030 465 648 137 10 0 26 2
CHN 187 115 36 1388 702 446 5463 1018 12 15.810 270 381 125 28 10 20 4
CIN 186 64 87 1370 567 470 5532 1248 14 37.980 409 582 126 11 5 34 3
NY1 207 96 55 1334 639 394 5500 1207 13 20.330 369 508 105 17 18 24 2
PHI 206 71 82 1355 500 436 5632 1201 18 37.620 388 568 108 21 5 33 2
PIT 196 93 60 1358 532 309 5387 1234 13 46.550 334 464 116 26 2 26 0
SLN 191 52 98 1353 559 479 5610 1246 17 61.490 458 607 118 4 2 35 3

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
BRO 1428 6267 4033 1951 283 .922 0 0 0 0 16
BSN 1404 6392 3978 2077 337 .903 0 0 0 0 23
CHN 1446 6289 4160 1935 194 .962 0 0 0 0 14
CIN 1447 6330 4078 1990 262 .959 0 0 0 0 21
NY1 1475 6336 3985 2120 231 .956 0 0 0 0 26
PHI 1466 6117 4018 1828 271 .947 0 0 0 0 13
PIT 1454 6318 4092 1998 228 .937 0 0 0 0 26
SLN 1467 6398 4055 2071 272 .937 0 0 0 0 38

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1906 World Series, Chicago Cubs, Christy Mathewson, Ed Reulbach, Frank Chance, Harry Steinfeldt, Honus Wagner, Hooks Wiltse, Joe McGinnity, Joe Tinker, John McGraw, Johnny Evers, Johnny Lush, Mal Eason, Mordecai Brown, Paul Sentell

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