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The Chicago Cubs continued their domination of the National League in 1907, winning their second straight pennant with a record of 107-45.  Chicago finished 17 games in front of the second-place Pittsburgh Pirates.  Although the Cubs scored more than 100 fewer runs than they did one year earlier, their pitching staff remained unquestionably the best in all of baseball.  Mordecai Brown finished 20-6 with a 1.39 ERA, Orval Overall compiled a record of 23-7 and a 1.68 ERA, Jack Pfiester went 14-9 with a league-leading 1.15 ERA, and Carl Lundgren finished 18-7 with an ERA of 1.17.  Chicago pitchers occupied four of the top five spots on the ERA leader board, with Pfiester’s mark of 1.15 representing the fifth-lowest ERA in history and Lundgren’s 1.17 ERA representing the eighth-best ever.  The team allowed its opposition to score only 390 runs, just nine more than it surrendered to its opponents the previous season.  

Chicago hurlers continued to thwart opposing batsmen in the World Series, allowing the Detroit Tigers to cross the plate only six times en route to defeating Ty Cobb’s crew in five games.  The only blemish on Chicago’s record was a 3-3 tie in Game One of the Fall Classic.  Cubs third baseman Harry Steinfeldt led all Series hitters with a .471 batting average.

Meanwhile, the runner-up Pittsburgh Pirates featured the National League’s most potent offense and its best player.  Honus Wagner’s .350 batting average earned him his fifth batting title, and he also topped the senior circuit with 38 doubles, 61 stolen bases, a .403 on-base percentage, and a .513 slugging percentage.  Wagner excelled to such a degree that he outhit the entire National League by 107 points and his own team by a 96-point margin.      

The third-place Phillies, who finished 21 ½ games off the pace, had another of the league’s top players in Sherry Magee.  The outfielder batted .328 and led the N.L. with 85 runs batted in.  Philadelphia hurler Tully Sparks also had an outstanding year, finishing the campaign 22-8 with a 2.00 ERA.

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

• New York’s Christy Mathewson led the National League with 24 wins and 178 strikeouts.

• St. Louis Cardinals rookie Stoney McGlynn topped the senior circuit with 352 innings pitched, 33 complete games, and 25 losses.

• Pittsburgh’s league-leading .254 team batting average remains the lowest ever by a National League leader.

• After owning the National League’s Boston franchise since 1877, Arthur Soden sold the club to the Dovey brothers.

• Big Jeff Pfeffer of Boston threw a no-hitter against Cincinnati on May 8.

• Pittsburgh’s Nick Maddox no-hit Brooklyn on Sept. 20.

• Claude Ritchey topped National League second basemen in fielding average for a record sixth consecutive year.

• After being traded to the Braves by the Pirates, Ginger Beaumont returned to the National League’s top spot in hits (187).

• Cincinnati manager Ned Hanlon was fired after a sixth-place finish.  Hanlon never again managed in the major leagues.

• Boston outfielder Cozy Dolan died of typhoid fever.

Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
BRO 1489 4895 446 1135 380 .177 142 63 18 121 1457 .312 .222 .554 189
BSN 1479 5020 503 1222 395 .185 142 61 22 120 1552 .287 .221 .534 116
CHN 1505 4892 571 1224 450 .223 162 48 13 235 1521 .290 .272 .563 195
CIN 1519 4966 524 1226 443 .183 126 90 15 158 1577 .281 .233 .552 196
NY1 1583 4874 573 1222 475 .211 160 48 23 205 0 1547 .324 .264 .600 0 0 165
PHI 1452 4725 514 1113 424 .179 162 65 12 154 1441 .302 .234 .537 131
PIT 1550 4957 634 1261 485 .215 133 78 19 264 0 1607 .318 .249 .576 0 0 178
SLN 1465 5008 419 1163 331 .215 121 52 18 125 0 1442 .291 .266 .567 0 0 152

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
BRO 182 65 83 1357 479 463 5429 1218 16 29.570 359 527 125 20 1 21 0
BSN 190 58 90 1337 426 458 5424 1324 28 44.220 496 646 121 9 2 20 2
CHN 200 107 44 1373 586 402 5354 1054 11 18.050 264 390 114 30 8 25 1
CIN 195 66 87 1351 481 444 5387 1223 16 26.850 362 519 118 10 2 11 0
NY1 218 82 71 1370 655 369 5580 1219 25 19.980 373 511 109 19 13 41 2
PHI 195 83 64 1299 499 422 4714 1095 13 32.280 351 481 110 21 4 20 1
PIT 208 91 63 1363 497 368 5422 1207 12 41.710 348 514 111 24 5 20 1
SLN 184 51 101 1366 594 500 5545 1212 20 53.040 409 607 127 19 2 49 3

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
BRO 1441 6328 4053 2013 262 .906 0 0 0 0 17
BSN 1436 6368 3996 2123 249 .953 0 0 0 0 25
CHN 1471 6393 4111 2071 211 .946 0 0 0 0 6
CIN 1470 6151 4043 1881 227 .918 0 0 0 0 14
NY1 1514 6215 4089 1894 232 .943 0 0 0 0 19
PHI 1406 6018 3887 1875 256 .951 0 0 0 0 20
PIT 1497 6256 4078 1922 256 .914 0 0 0 0 21
SLN 1451 6549 4083 2116 350 .937 0 0 0 0 25

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1907 World Series, Big Jeff Pfeffer, Carl Lundgren, Chicago Cubs, Christy Mathewson, Claude Ritchey, Cozy Dolan, Ginger Beaumont, Harry Steinfeldt, Honus Wagner, Jack Pfiester, Mordecai Brown, Ned Hanlon, Nick Maddox, Orval Overall, Sherry Magee, Stoney McGlynn, Tully Sparks, Ty Cobb

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