The "dead ball" that continued to be used during the 1910 baseball season kept offensive stats suppressed. Instead, pitchers were the stars, and they made most of the news. Here are some of the headlines from the 1910 baseball season:
Joe Tinker Super at Swiping
Although Frank Chance may have been the base thief of the immortal trio, Joe Tinker and Johnny Evers were not far behind. Tinker, it turns out, was the most enduringly consistent of the three. He stole bases in double digits in all 13 seasons that he was a full-time player. In 1910, Tinker and Chance each had 16 swipes, Evers had 28.
Cy Young Sets Dual Record
Cy Young won his 500th game in 1910, almost precisely 20 years after he won his first. In the 19 seasons between the two marks, he averaged 25.68 victories per year. He also lost his 300th game during the 1910 campaign, a record that seems equally secure.
Addie Joss Hurls Final Shutout
Addie Joss's no-hitter on April 20, 1910, was his last career shutout and one of only five games he won that season. Less than a year after tossing his hitless gem, he was dead of tubercular meningitis. Cleveland players threatened mutiny until American League officials canceled their game the day of his funeral so they could attend it en masse.
Charles Comiskey Builds Park
The 1990 season marked the 81st and last year that the original Comiskey Park, named after White Sox owner Charles Comiskey, was still in use. No other pro team had ever called the same facility home for so long. Comiskey built his park on what had been a city dump. Now, that land is a parking lot next to the second Comiskey Park.
The 1910 Philadelphia A's Take World Title
The 1910 Philadelphia A's may have been the best team in the American League during the dead-ball era. They were so superior that Connie Mack had no need to use Hall of Fame hurler Eddie Plank in the World Series. The A's, in fact, employed just 12 players, a record-low, in beating the Cubs in the fall classic.
Ed Walsh Gets No Help
Ed Walsh posted a 1.26 ERA in 1910, yet finished the season with an 18-20 record -- thanks to his White Sox teammates who had a collective batting average of .211 (they weren't the greatest fielding outfit, either).
Ty Cobb Robbed of 1910 BA Title
Ty Cobb died believing he was the American League batting champ in 1910 with a .383 average, and many historians still feel he was the rightful owner of the crown. However, Nap Lajoie (a .384 average) is not the only performer to cop a hitting or home run or RBI title on the last day of the season under circumstances that arouse suspicion, nor is the incident even the most egregious instance of a title being thrown the way of a more favored player.
Despite his .383 average, Cobb had a rather disappointing year in 1910. He didn't lead the league in hits, steals, or RBI, three departments he had gotten used to winning. Nevertheless, he did top the American League in runs (106) and slugging (.554).
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