Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker certainly made their share of news during the 1912 season. See some of the headlines from the 1912 baseball season below:
Tris Speaker Best in 1912 American League
Had he played in the National League, Tris Speaker would probably have won four or five batting titles. Because he was in the same circuit with Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, and George Sisler, however, he is remembered more now for his glove than his stickwork. The American League Chalmers Award winner in 1912, Speaker posted a .383 average and 90 RBI. His career stats prove he was great through and through.Rube Marquard on a Roll
According to the current rule for determining the winning pitcher in a game, Rube Marquard would have had 20 straight victories in 1912 -- all before he suffered his first loss of the season. Once the record skein ended, however, he was only 7-11 the rest of the way.
Larry Doyle Comes Out a Winner
The awarding of MVP honors to Larry Doyle in 1912 was the first instance of a popular player on a pennant-winning team being selected over a more deserving candidate (he had a .330 average and 90 RBI that season). There were at least three contenders in the National League that year: Pittsburgh's Honus Wagner, Chicago's Heinie Zimmerman, and Boston's Bill Sweeney. Wagner finished second in the balloting, Sweeney and Zimmerman tied for sixth.
Jeff Tesreau is 1912 National League ERA Champ
Jeff Tesreau shot off the mark as if he were headed for Cooperstown. After debuting with a 17-7 season and a National League-best 1.96 ERA in 1912, Tesreau went on to win 101 games in his first five seasons, consistently ranking among the ERA leaders. He netted just 17 more victories before the Giants dropped him. Control was his gravest problem, and he never quite solved it. Tesreau ended his seven-year career with a 119-72 record and a 2.43 ERA.
Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker Tear Up 1912 American League
Cleveland's Tris Speaker and Ty Cobb (the "Georgia Peach") were the two finest outfielders in baseball in 1912 -- Speaker turned in a .383 average, a league-high ten home runs, and 90 RBI while Cobb racked up a whopping .410 average and 83 RBI. Fourteen years later, however, they were nearly barred from the game when pitcher Dutch Leonard accused them of rigging a 1919 contest between Detroit and Cleveland.Check out additional highlights from the 1912 baseball season on the next page.
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