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1905 Baseball Season


1905 Baseball Season Highlights

The 1905 baseball season was known as a "dead-ball" year, with only a few players batting over .300. The 1905 World Series was one of the most one-sided Series ever; the New York Giants won with a composite score of 15-3, and their ERA for the series was a perfect 0.00. Below, you will find highlights from the 1905 baseball season:

  • The A's win their first pennant.
  • The Giants repeat as National League champs.
  • The Giants win the 1905 World Series four games to one, with every game a shutout.
  • Christy Mathewson hurls three shutout 1905 World Series wins.
  • Ty Cobb debuts with the Tigers.
  • New York's Roger Bresnahan experiments with first "batting helmet" after being beaned.
  • Cincinnati's Cy Seymour misses the National League Triple Crown by a margin of one home run.
  • Cleveland's Elmer Flick leads the American League with .308 BA.
  • Braves have record four 20-game losers, as Vic Willis loses a 20th-century record 29 games.
  • The A's lead the American League with 623 runs, the fewest ever by a loop leader.
  • St. Louis rookie George Stone leads the American League in hits (187) and total bases (259).
  • Rube Waddell again leads American League in Ks (287).
  • Christy Mathewson becomes the first in century to pitch two no-hitters, blanking Chicago on June 13.
  • White Sox post new American League record 1.99 ERA and give up just 451 runs.
  • Cubs post new National League record 2.04 ERA and allow just 442 runs.
  • Rube Waddell leads the American League in wins (27), ERA (1.48), and win pet. (.730).
  • Nap Lajoie becomes Cleveland's player/manager; team is now known as "Naps" in his honor.
  • Christy Mathewson leads the National League in wins (31), ERA (1.27), and shutouts (eight).
  • Cy Young typifies the plight of dead-ball hurlers when he posts an 18-19 record despite a 1.82 ERA.
  • On April 26, Jack McCarthy of the Cubs makes a record three double plays by an outfielder.
  • The Red Sox use only 18 players all year -- a major league record low.
  • John McGraw is suspended for 15 days and fined $150 by the National League for abusing umpires.
  • Rube Waddell beats Cy Young in a 20-inning game on July 4.
  • Weldon Henley of the A's no-hits the Browns on July 22.
  • Frank Smith of the White Sox no-hits Detroit on Sept. 6.
  • Irv Young of the Braves sets modern major league rookie records with 41 starts, 41 complete games, and 378 innings.
  • Bill Dinneen of Boston no-hits the White Sox on Sept. 27.
  • Cincinnati's Fred Odwell, National League home run leader with nine, never hits another homer in the majors.
  • Cub Frank Chance is hit by pitches a record five times in a Decoration Day doubleheader.
  • Jim Dunleavy of Oakland in the Pacific Coast League plays in an organized baseball record 227 games.
  • Noodles Hahn, who won 100 games before he was 25, is felled by arm trouble at 26.
  • Elmer Flick leads the American League in slugging with a .462 mark.
  • The Browns' Harry Howell averages 4.68 assists per game -- an ail-time record for pitchers.
  • Seymour collects 325 total bases, the most in the National League during the dead-ball era.
  • Brooklyn rookie Harry Mclntire loses 25 games.
  • On August 24, the Cubs beat the Phillies 2-1 in 20 innings.
  • The Giants boast three 20-game winners: Mathewson (31), Red Ames (22), and Joe McGinnity (21).
  • Dave Fultz leaves the majors after stealing 44 bases -- the most ever by a player in his final major league season.

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