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Series Wrapup

RK Team W L W-L% GB
1 New York
99 54 .647 -
2 Chicago 92 62 .597 7.5
3 Pittsburgh 85 69 .552 14.5
4 Philadelphia 79 73 .520 19.5
5 St. Louis
75 74 .503 22
6 Cincinnati 70 83 .458 29
7 Brooklyn 64 86 .427 33.5
8 Boston 44 107 .291 54



  Results
World Series (4-2)
Philadelphia Athletics over New York Giants

Story

1911 New York GiantsThe New York Giants returned to the top of the National League standings for the first time in six years in 1911, finishing 7 ½ games ahead of second-place Chicago with a record of 99-54.  Stealing a modern record 347 bases, the Giants had one of baseball’s top offenses.  Catcher Chief Meyers batted .332, while Josh Devore, Fred Snodgrass, and Fred Merkle all placed among the league leaders in steals, with 61, 51, and 49, respectively.  New York’s top offensive player, though, was second baseman Larry Doyle, who hit 13 home runs, knocked in 77 runs, scored 102 others, batted .310, and led the league with 25 triples.   

The Giants also had the National League's best pitching staff, which featured the formidable duo of Rube Marquard and Christy Mathewson.  Marquard went 24-7 in his first full year in the rotation and topped all N.L. hurlers with 237 strikeouts.  Meanwhile, Mathewson finished 26-13, with a league-leading 1.99 ERA, 307 innings pitched, and 29 complete games.  

However, Mathewson and the Giants stumbled against the Philadelphia Athletics in the World Series.  The A’s defeated New York in six games, with Mathewson losing his final two decisions after winning Game One.  Philadelphia outscored New York by a combined margin of 27-13, with the A’s pitching staff holding the Giants’ lineup to a feeble .175 batting average.

The second-place Cubs might well have repeated as National League champions had star second baseman Johnny Evers not suffered a nervous breakdown in May.  Nevertheless, Cubs outfielder Frank “Wildfire” Schulte won the first National League Chalmers Award for keeping his team in the pennant race for most of the year.  In addition to establishing a new 20th-century record by hitting 21 home runs, Schulte led the league with 107 runs batted in, 308 total bases, and a .534 slugging percentage, while batting .300 and placing among the league leaders with 105 runs scored, 173 hits, and 21 triples.  

The Pirates, who finished a distant third in the league, 14 ½ games off the pace, were led by Honus Wagner, who won his final batting title at age 37 with a mark of .334.  Meanwhile, rookie sensation Grover Cleveland Alexander led Philadelphia to a fourth-place finish.  The 24-year-old right-hander compiled a record of 28-13, to lead the league in victories.  He also posted a 2.57 ERA, struck out 227 batters, and led all N.L. pitchers with 367 innings pitched, 31 complete games, and seven shutouts.

Other outstanding performers, notable events, and points of interest from around the league follow:

• The Polo Grounds was ravaged by a fire and subsequently had to be rebuilt.

Boston finished the campaign with a home record of 19-54, the worst in the 20th century by a National League team.

• Helen Britton became the first woman to own a major league team when she purchased the St. Louis Cardinals.

Jimmy Walsh of the Phillies played all nine positions at one point or another during the season.

• On Sept. 22, Cy Young recorded his 511th and final career victory when he defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0.

Cliff Curtis of the Braves ended his all-time record skein of 23 consecutive losses.

Cincinnati's Bob Bescher's 81 steals set a National League record for a 154-game season.

Three Finger Brown's 13 saves set a new relief record.

Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
BRO 1631 5059 539 1198 465 .183 151 71 28 184 0 1575 .281 .223 .526 0 0 157
BSN 1659 5308 699 1417 594 .249 249 54 37 169 0 1885 .345 .314 .666 0 0 151
CHN 1642 5130 757 1335 626 .223 218 101 54 214 0 1917 .351 .306 .666 0 0 202
CIN 1744 5291 682 1379 595 .208 180 105 21 290 1832 .328 .275 .624 185
NY1 1671 5006 756 1399 651 .251 225 103 41 347 1953 .372 .333 .718 160
PHI 1603 5044 658 1307 564 .204 214 56 60 153 0 1813 .297 .266 .587 0 0 186
PIT 1642 5137 744 1345 633 .216 206 106 49 160 0 1910 .381 .313 .754 0 0 193
SLN 1683 5132 671 1295 567 .154 199 86 26 175 0 1744 .350 .198 .625 0 0 181

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
BRO 245 64 86 1372 533 566 5609 1310 27 44.830 517 659 81 13 10 13 1
BSN 271 44 107 1374 486 672 6035 1570 76 111.730 776 1021 73 5 7 36 4
CHN 254 92 62 1412 582 525 5798 1270 26 64.670 454 607 85 11 16 35 2
CIN 256 70 83 1425 557 476 5871 1410 36 51.230 516 700 77 4 12 23 2
NY1 234 99 54 1369 771 369 5591 1267 33 36.820 409 542 95 18 13 27 2
PHI 231 79 73 1374 697 598 5729 1285 43 89.450 503 673 90 19 10 30 7
PIT 239 85 69 1381 605 375 5442 1249 36 109.330 435 561 91 13 11 28 3
SLN 259 75 74 1403 561 701 5858 1296 39 88.710 574 745 88 6 10 34 1

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
BRO 1526 6313 4100 1970 243 .944 0 0 0 0 12
BSN 1567 6527 4115 2065 347 .902 0 0 0 0 19
CHN 1563 6531 4217 2054 260 .960 0 0 0 0 11
CIN 1624 6577 4262 2018 297 .931 0 0 0 0 15
NY1 1590 6270 4090 1925 255 .957 0 0 0 0 14
PHI 1506 6243 4108 1904 231 .952 0 0 0 0 23
PIT 1530 6190 4122 1837 231 .949 0 0 0 0 15
SLN 1584 6494 4190 2042 262 .927 0 0 0 0 17

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1911 World Series, Bob Bescher, Chief Meyers, Christy Mathewson, Cliff Curtis, Cy Young, Frank Schulte, Fred Merkle, Fred Snodgrass, Honus Wagner, Jimmy Walsh, Johnny Evers, Josh Devore, Larry Doyle, Mordecai Brown, New York Giants, Pete Alexander, Polo Grounds, Rube Marquard

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