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1910 Baseball Season


1910 Baseball Season Highlights
Another dead-ball year in the batting department, the 1910 baseball season is known for the great pitching of Hall-of-Famers like Christy Mathewson, Cy Young, and Three Finger Brown. Below, you will find highlights from the 1910 baseball season:
  • Cubs return to the top in the National League.

    Joe Tinker
    Joe Tinker stole bases in
    the double digits all 13
    seasons that
    he was a
    full-time player.

  • On June 28, Cub Joe Tinker is the first player to steal home twice in the same game.

  • Philadelphia breaks Tigers' three-year reign in the American League.

  • A's win the 1910 World Series in five games.

  • Jack Coombs of the A's wins three 1910 World Series games.

  • A's set the American League mark with a 1.79 staff ERA.

  • Sherry Magee tops the National League in BA (.331), SA (.507), RBI (123), and total bases (263).

  • Christy Mathewson leads the National League in wins (27) for last time.

  • Cub King Cole goes 20-4, leads the National League in win pet. (.833), and sets the National League rookie record for win pet.

  • Ed Walsh tops the American League in ERA at 1.26.

  • Walsh nonetheless loses 20 games, as Sox hit record-low .211 as a team.

  • Coombs leads the American League with 31 wins.

  • Walter Johnson becomes first Washington American League pitcher to win 20 in a season, as he cops 25.

  • William Taft starts custom of president throwing out first ball at Washington home opener.

  • Comiskey Park, one of the longest-lasting ballparks, opens.

  • Johnson leads the American League in Ks (313) for the first of 12 times.

  • Ty Cobb and Nap Lajoie vie for the American League batting title that is still cloaked in controversy as to who won.

  • In an effort to produce more scoring, both leagues introduce a new "jack-rabbit" ball during the season.

  • Two amateur teams play the first-ever night game at Comiskey Park.

  • Player salaries range from $900 to around $12,000

  • Earle Mack of the A's is the first son to play in the major league for his father (Connie Mack).

  • Cleveland hosts its first game at new League Park on April 21.

  • Portland of the Pacific Coast League holds opponents scoreless for an OB record 88 consecutive innings.

  • Coombs throws an American League record 13 shutouts.

  • The White Sox compile a major league record-low .261 SA.

  • Sox SA leader Patsy Dougherty's .300 slugging average is 84 points below Lajoie's BA.

  • Tom Hughes of New York no-hits Cleveland for nine innings on August 30, loses 5-0 in 11 innings.

  • Coombs and Walsh lock up in a 16-inning scoreless tie on August 4.

  • Cy Young wins No. 500 on July 19.

  • Addie Joss no-hits the White Sox 1-0 on April 20 for the second time in 18 months.

  • Lajoie leads the American League with 227 hits, 33 more than Cobb.

  • Detroit's Sam Crawford tops the American League in triples (19), RBI (120), and runs produced (198).

  • New York's Russ Ford goes 26-6, setting an American League rookie record for highest inning pot, (.813).

  • Ford's 26 wins and eight shutouts are also rookie records.

  • Lajoie collects eight hits on the last day of the season against the Browns, and seven are bunt singles.

  • Browns third basemen ordered to play Lajoie deep so he can bunt and beat Cobb out of the batting title.

  • Steve Evans of the Cards is hit by 31 pitches.

  • A record 46 minor leagues begin the 1910 season.

  • On Sept. 17, Detroit pitcher Ed Summers hits two homers in one game.

  • On Sept. 30, the Browns' Ray Jansen plays in his only major league game and goes 4-for-5.

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