The 1909 baseball season led to the most exciting pennant race to date. The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Detroit Tigers in seven games; thanks in large part to rookie Babe Adams, who held the great Ty Cobb to a single hit in 11 at-bats. Below, you will find highlights from the 1909 baseball season:
- The Detroit Tigers win their third straight flag.
- The Pittsburgh Pirates win their last National League flag under Fred Clarke.
- The Pirates win the most exciting World Series to date in seven games.
- In the 1909 World Series, Honus Wagner hits .333; Cobb hits .231.
- Pittsburgh rookie Adams wins three Series games.
- Wagner leads the National League in BA (.339), SA (.489), total bases (242), and RBI (100).
- Cobb wins the Triple Crown in the American League, batting .377 with nine homers and 107 RBI.
- Cobb also leads the American League in SA (.517), total bases (296), hits (216), runs (116), and steals (76).
- The Cubs win 104 games, the most ever by a runner-up team.
- Detroit's George Mullin leads the American League in wins (29) and winning percentage (.784).
- Chicago's Frank Smith tops the American League in CGs (37), Ks (177), and innings (365).
- Harry Krause of A's sets the American League rookie record for lowest ERA (1.39).
- Forbes Field and Shibe Park open the first all-concrete-and-steel stadiums.
- On July 9, Cleveland shortstop Neal Ball pulls off the first known unassisted triple play in major league history.
- Three Finger Brown leads the National League in wins (27), CGs (32), innings (343), and saves (seven).
- Christy Mathewson posts a 1.15 ERA to top the National League.
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