The Highlanders rebounded from a disappointing performance the previous year to finish second in the American League in 1906, just three games behind the pennant-winning Chicago White Sox. New York actually held possession of first place late in September, before slumping during the season’s final week, en route to finishing the campaign with a 90-61 record.
The Highlanders outscored their opponents by nearly 100 runs, finishing second in the American League with 640 runs scored. Their offense was paced by the combination of Willie Keeler and Hal Chase. Keeler batted .304 and led the team with 96 runs scored. Chase established himself as New York’s best player, becoming the first man other than Keeler to lead the team in hitting. In addition to finishing first with a .323 batting average, Chase topped the club with 193 hits and 10 triples, scored 84 runs, knocked in 76 others, and stole 28 bases.
New York’s pitching staff was headed by Jack Chesbro and Al Orth. Chesbro finished 23-17, with a 2.96 ERA and 24 complete games. Orth emerged as the staff ace, leading the team with 27 victories, a 2.34 ERA, 36 complete games, and 339 innings pitched. Third-year man Walter Clarkson also pitched well for the team, compiling a record of 9-4, along with a 2.32 ERA as a swing-man. Meanwhile, attendance rose by more than 33 percent at Hilltop Park, with the team drawing just under 435,000 fans to their home ballpark.By Bob_Cohen
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