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1917 Baseball Season

More 1917 Baseball Season Highlights

In 1917, Ty Cobb showed he could still set records, and Babe Ruth got himself ejected from a game for arguing with an umpire. See even more highlights of the 1917 baseball season.

  • Ernie Koob of St. Louis no-hits the White Sox on May 5.
  • On May 6, Bob Groom of St. Louis again no-hits the Sox.
  • Three weeks before two Brownies no-hit his team, Eddie Cicotte no-hits the Browns on April 14.
  • On June 23, Boston's Babe Ruth walks the first Senator of the game, argues the call, and is ejected.
  • On June 23, Ernie Shore relieves Ruth and retires the next 27 batters.
  • Donie Bush of Detroit tops the majors in runs with 112.
  • Bobby Veach of Detroit wins the American League RBI crown with 103.
  • Sore-armed Reb Russell of Chicago leads the American League in win pct. (.750).
  • Max Carey once again heads the National League in thefts (46).
  • Heinie Zimmerman leads the National League in RBI (102) and runs produced (158).
  • The Pirates hire Hugo Bedzek, a college football coach, as their manager.
  • Ferdie Schupp of New York tops the National League in win pct. (.750).
  • Giant Dave Robertson and Gavvy Cravath tie for the National League home run crown with 12.
  • Wally Pipp repeats as the American League homer king (nine).
  • The Pirates finish last for the first time in the 20th Century.
  • The Pirates move Honus Wagner to first base where he hits .265; Wagner retires after the season.
  • Walter Johnson slips to 23 wins and leads the American League in only Ks (188).
  • Ty Cobb hits safely in 35 consecutive games.
  • Tigers have three men in the top four in RBI, including Veach (103), Cobb (102), and Harry Heilmann (86).
  • On June 17, the Braves' Hank Gowdy becomes the first Major League player to enlist in the service for World War I.

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