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1916 Baseball Season


1916 Baseball Season Highlights

The 1916 baseball season featured new records by Babe Ruth, Pete Alexander, and Tris Speaker, as well as some surprising trades. For the first time, fans were allowed to keep balls that were hit into the stands, and the Indians started the practice of wearing numbers on their uniforms. Read more highlights of the 1916 baseball season below.

  • Brooklyn becomes the third National League team in succession to cop its first flag since 1901.
  • The Red Sox repeat as American League champs.
  • The Red Sox win the 1916 World Series in five games.
  • Game two is the 1916 World Series highlight, with the Sox winning 2-1 in a World Series record 14 innings.
  • In game two, Boston's Babe Ruth gives up a first-inning run and then hurls 13 scoreless innings.
  • Boston's Larry Gardner has just three hits in the 1916 World Series, but leads all hitters with two homers and six RBIs.
  • Tris Speaker beats out Ty Cobb in BA, .386-.371.
  • Cincinnati's Hal Chase is the surprise, bat crown winner in the National League (.339) and also leads in hits (184).
  • Pete Alexander hurls an incredible 16 shutouts, an all-time major league record.
  • Pete Alexander wins 33 games and tops the National League in CGs (38) and strikeouts (167).
  • Walter Johnson again leads the American League in wins (25), CGs (36), and Ks (228).
  • Babe Ruth wins 23 games and cops the American League ERA title with a 1.75 figure.
  • Tris Speaker is traded to Cleveland for Sam Jones, Fred Thomas, and $55,000.
  • The Cardinals pirate manager Branch Rickey from the crosstown Browns is hired to run their front office.
  • Joe Jackson tops the majors in triples (21) and total bases (293).
  • Ex-big leaguer John Dodge, now in the Southern Association, is killed by a pitch thrown by Shotgun Rogers.

Find even more highlights of the 1916 baseball season in our final section.

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