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1909 Baseball Season

More 1909 Baseball Season Highlights

1909 proved to be an exciting baseball season, both on and off the field, as everything from an 18-inning scoreless game to Ty Cobb's arrest for assault in Cleveland made the news. See more highlights from the 1909 season below:

  • Mathewson and Pirate Howie Camnitz have 25-6 records to tie for the National League lead in win pet.
  • Red Ames of the Giants pitches an Opening Day no-hitter for nine innings, but loses to Brooklyn 3-0 in 13 innings.
  • Cleveland's Tris Speaker tops the American League in putouts, assists, and DPs.
  • Brooklyn catcher Bill Bergen hits .139 in 112 games, the lowest average in history by a regular.
  • Detroit and Washington play an 18-inning scoreless tie on July 16, Ed Killian going the route for Detroit.
  • Washington scores an American League record-low 380 runs.
  • The Cubs beat Boston a National League record 21 times during the season.
  • The Phils are rained out of games a record ten straight days.
  • Walter Johnson loses an American League record ten games in which his team is shut out -- five of them to Chicago.
  • Cub Jimmy Sheckard collects a National League record 46 sacrifice hits.
  • On August 23, catcher Bergen throws out seven would-be base thieves.
  • The Cardinals commit a record 17 errors in a doubleheader on July 3.
  • Wagner gets a raise to $10,000 -- his top yearly salary as a player.
  • Cobb is indicted for the felonious assault of a Cleveland night watchman.
  • Sam Crawford is again the American League runner-up to Cobb in RBI (107-97) and total bases (296-266).
  • Cy Young returns to Cleveland where he began his career in 1890 -- wins 19 games and is the club leader.
  • Cincinnati's Bob Bescher wins his first of four straight National League stolen base crowns, as he pilfers 54.
  • Washington loses 29 games in which it's shut out -- an American League record low.
  • On June 19 vs. New York, Walter Johnson walks seven and throws four wild pitches, but wins 7-4.
  • Frank Baker of the A's hits 19 triples -- an American League rookie record.
  • Red Dooin sets a 20th-century National League record for catchers when he commits 40 errors.

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