The big three were at it again. Cubs, Giants, Pirates, finishing 1-2-3. So what else was new? Well, Red Dooin got the Phillies back over .500, but just barely – 78 wins, 75 losses, a fourth place finish, 25 ½ games behind the winning Cubs and their 104 wins. The Cubs won their fourth pennant in five years when catcher Johnny Kling returned after sitting out the entire 1909 season because the Cubs refused to pay him what he thought he was worth. But the Cubs were winners in this game also as Kling agreed to play for the same $4,500 salary he received in 1908 as well as a $700 fine for his trouble. Management rules – labor fools.
In Philadelphia, not many people paid much attention to the Phillies – why should they? They were too busy watching the American League A’s blow away all opposition. The A’s won 102 games, 14 more than the nearest competition, the New York Highlanders. Detroit faded to third, and Cleveland to 5th, behind the rising Boston Red Sox.
Sherry Magee, a six-year veteran at the age of 25, had a breakout year for the Phillies; he hit a league-leading .331, and also led the league with 123 RBIs, 42 more than Honus Wagner. The Phillies got a piece of the Chicago magic in a July deal that brought them 24-year-old first baseman Fred Luderus who wasn’t getting much playing time backing up the Cubs peerless leader, Frank Chance. Also from the Cubs came veteran catcher Pat Moran who, like Luderus, picked up a lot of bench blisters backing up Johnny Kling; in hindsight, this seems an odd deal for the Phillies to make because Moran was four years older than player-manager Red Dooin, albeit a much better defensive catcher than the butter-fingered Dooin. It was Harvard Eddie Grant’s last year with the Phils; he hit .268 and drove in 67 runs, second to Sherry Magee; he was traded to Cincinnati after the season was over in a deal that brought Dode Paskert and Hans Lobert to the Phillies. In the September Major League draft, the Phillies picked right handed pitcher Pete Alexander.
Were the Phillies building for the future? Time would tell, but, as usual, there was hope. In the meantime, for Philadelphians there was Connie Mack and his collection of skilled baseball labor.
Those A’s shrugged off the Cubs four games to one in the World’s Series with Colby Jack Coombs winning three games.By max blue
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- Connie Mack, Dode Paskert, Eddie Grant, Frank Chance, Fred Luderus, Honus Wagner, Johnny Kling, Pat Moran, Pete Alexander, Philadelphia Phillies, Red Dooin, Sherry Magee