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1907 Baseball Season

1907 Baseball Season Headlines
Baseball's top batting average jumped to .350 in 1907. Find out what else made news as you peruse some of the headlines from the 1907 baseball season:

1907 Detroit Tigers Seize the American League Flag

The first Motor City crew to capture an American League pennant, the 1907 Tigers, looked like a surly bunch, and most were. Ty Cobb was the batting king at .350. Sam Crawford hit .323.

Nick Maddox Stirs Up Hopes

Nick Maddox won five late-season games in 1907, his no-hitter against Brooklyn on September 20 among the victories, and seemed to deliver on his promise when he knocked off 20 victories for the Pirates the following year. By 1911, however, he was back in the minors for good.

Al Spalding Rewrites History

The commission of Al Spalding concluded that Abner Doubleday invented baseball. The decision was, for the most part, based on the vague testimony of one witness to what was purported to have been the first game.

Although many baseball people knew better, the Hall of Fame was nevertheless put in Cooperstown, New York, a town Doubleday may never have visited, let alone made the site of a new sport.

Ed Walsh Goes All Out

Ed Walsh is reputedly the player Ring Lardner used as his mode to construct Jack Keefe, the cocky bumpkin protagonist in You Know Me, Al. Walsh was described by one writer as the only man who "could strut while standing still." He worked 866 innings in 1907 and 1908, a full career for some modern-day pitchers. He led the American League with 37 complete games and a 1.60 ERA in 1907.

Bill Donovan Goes 25-4

Historians are still trying to piece together how Bill Donovan was able to post a 25-4 record for the 1907 Tigers on a 2.19 ERA, while teammate George Mullin, whose ERA was only four-tenths of a run higher, managed to become the only hurler in this century to lose 20 games for a pennant-winning team.

Honus Wagner Hits National League-High .350

An examination of the failure of the Pirates to win a pennant since 1903 reveals that, outside of Honus Wagner, Pittsburgh didn't have much in its arsenal in 1907. Wagner outhit the entire National League by 107 points and his team by 96 points to post a .350 average that season. At that, the Pirates had the top club batting average in the league.

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