The 1905 New York Giants romped over the rest of the National League, finishing the year with a 105-48 record, 9 games ahead of the second-place Pittsburgh Pirates. Led by John McGraw, who was just starting to establish his reputation as one of the greatest managers of all time, it was their second consecutive pennant, as they had posted an outstanding record of 106-47 the previous year.
The team is now mostly remembered for its formidable pitching staff, a reputation that would be reinforced by their dominance from the mound in the World Series, but in fact their hitting was also excellent. The pitching staff included two future members of the Hall of Fame, Christy Mathewson (31-8, 1.27) and Joe McGinnity (21-15, 2.87). Those two have cast a shadow over the rest of the staff, especially since they would pitch all but one inning in the World Series without allowing a single earned run, but their teammates Red Ames (22-8, 2.74), Dummy Taylor (15-9, 2.66) and Hooks Wiltse (15-6, 2.47) were just as solid as McGinnity (Mathewson was really in a class of his own). Their numbers speak for themselves.
However, because the Giants played in the heart of the Deadball Era, one of the worst offensive contexts of all time, the quality of their hitters tends to be overlooked, even though they led the National League by a wide marging in most hitting categories. For example, the Giants hit .273 as a team (the next best team was at .269), slugged .368 (next best .354), scored 780 runs (next best 736) hit 39 home runs (next best 29) and stole 291 bases (one of only three teams over 200). The team's best hitter was CF Mike Donlin, who hit .356 and led the league with 124 runs scored, but he had a lot of help. LF Sam Mertes only batted .275 but was second in the NL in RBI with 108 and triples with 17, and fourth in stolen bases with 52. 3B Art Devlin was tied for the league lead with 59 stolen bases while C Roger Bresnahan hit .302 while usually serving as the team's lead-off hitter and 1B Dan McGann hit .299 with 75 RBI. RF George Browne was another contributor, with a .293 average from the second spot in the line-up. The left side of the infield was more in line with the low-average standards of the times, with Devlin batting .246, 2B Billy Gilbert at .247 and SS Bill Dahlen at .242 (but with 7 home runs and 81 RBI). The Giants even had a couple of other good hitters on the bench - although they would see almost no playing time in the Series - C Frank Bowerman who hit .269 with 41 RBI in 297 at bats, and 2B-OF Sammy Strang who hit .259 and was the league's best pinch hitter, going 8 for 14 in the role.By BR Bullpen
- 1905 World Series, Art Devlin, Bill Dahlen, Billy Gilbert, Christy Mathewson, Dan McGann, Dummy Taylor, George Browne, Hooks Wiltse, Joe McGinnity, John McGraw, Mike Donlin, New York Giants, Red Ames, Roger Bresnahan, Sam Mertes, Sammy Strang