1919 Baseball Season

More 1919 Baseball Season Highlights

Following are some of the other highlights of the 1919 baseball season, including Babe Ruth's record four grandslams in one season.

  • Pete Alexander returns to the game with the Cubs and tops the National League in ERA (1.72).
  • The Giants release Hal Chase, Heinie Zimmerman, and Jean Dubuc, and they never play in the majors again.
  • The A's finish last for the fifth straight year.
  • On July 7, Giant catcher Mike Gonzalez allows eight stolen bases in an inning.
  • Babe Ruth becomes the first to hit four grandslams in a season.
  • Ruth becomes the first to hit a homer during the season in every American League park.
  • Doc Johnston of Cleveland sets a new American League record when he collects nine consecutive hits.
  • Ed Konetchy of Brooklyn sets a 20th-Century National League record with ten consecutive hits.
  • Ray Caldwell of Cleveland no-hits New York on September 10.
  • Walter Johnson pitches a record fifth Opening Day shutout, 1-0 over the A's in 13 innings.
  • Hod Eller no-hits the Cards on May 11.
  • Joe Oeschger of the Phils and Burleigh Grimes of Brooklyn battle to a 9-9, 20-inning tie on April 30.
  • Joe Wilhoit of Wichita in the Western League hits in an OB record 69 consecutive games.
  • Giant George Burns tops the National League in runs (86), walks (82), and steals (40).
  • Gavvy Cravath leads the National League in homers (12) despite having only 214 at-bats.
  • Cards new manager Rogers Hornsby is the National League runner-up in BA (.318).
  • Chicago's Hippo Vaughn leads the National League in innings (307) and Ks (141).
  • Tris Speaker leads the American League in total chances by an outfielder for a record eighth straight season.
  • The last-place Phils are so short of pitching that Lee Meadows is the staff leader with just eight wins. ­
  • The Pirates' keystone combo of George Cutshaw and Zeb Terry both top the National League in FA at their position.
  • Al Sothoron is the Browns' first 20-game winner since 1903.

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