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Phillies Fourth in Three-Team League
How do you think it would feel to win 96 games in a 154-game schedule and still trail the winner by 20 games? Welcome to 1906, when a powerhouse team from Chicago, with their storied infield of Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance (who was also manager) took command of the National League and held it for three consecutive years. The Giants were very good too, but their 96 wins paled before the Cubs all-time 116. On August 6, 1906, the Giants at 61-32 were still in it, only 4 games back of the Cubs, who then won 37 of 39 games to leave the Giants in the dust. Pittsburgh was good that year also, winning 93 games. The Cubs were an astonishing 60-15 on the road.
The Phillies finished fourth again, but with a losing record at 71-82. Forty one of the Phillies 153 games were shutouts, 21 wins and 20 losses, as hitting was down all over the league. Blame the spitball. For the Phillies, 20-year-old lefthander, Johnny Lush was a bright spot with 18 wins and a 2.37 ERA.
New in 1906 was the introduction of shin guards for catchers, worn by Roger Bresnahan of the Giants, and Red Dooin of the Phillies.
The so-called “Hitless Wonders” Chicago White Sox team edged the New York Highlanders for the AL pennant, then beat the heavily favored Cubs 4-2 in the only ever all-Chicago World’s Series.By max blue