1900 Leaders & Numbers
Elmer Flick enjoyed the best year of his brief National League tenure, though his most significant hit of the season—the one he laid on teammate Nap Lajoie in a clubhouse fight—hurt his Phillies’ chances. Major league sophomore Joe McGinnity proved his workhorse value by winning six of his 28 games within a six-day period. Honus Wagner saved his best for first upon arriving in Pittsburgh—setting career highs in doubles, triples and batting average. Bill Dinneen benefited from NL contraction by winning 20 at Boston a year after losing 20 at Washington. Cy Young, who would soon join Dinneen with Boston’s new American League entry, had a deceiving 19-19 record—his first full year under 20 victories. The freewheeling Rube Waddell, another future Hall-of-Famer, was also robbed of a far more deserving record amid a stormy existence with Pirate manager Fred Clarke that led to two months’ worth of suspension. Major leaguers had Jesse Burkett’s uncanny ability to foul off pitches partly to thank for the upcoming rule change charging batters with strikes on foul balls. Billy Hamilton, baseball’s most prolific run-scorer of the 1890s—he nearly scored 200 in 1894—had one last burst of excellence in his penultimate year after two injury-wracked seasons. While a young Christy Mathewson bombed in his first major league audition, New York teammate Bill Carrick labored hard and was effective enough to keep the pitching mound warm for him.
|The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1900|
|1. Honus Wagner||Pittsburgh||135||.381||527||107||201||45||22||4||100||41||8||38|
|2. Elmer Flick||Philadelphia||138||.367||545||106||200||32||16||11||110||56||16||35|
|3. Kip Selbach||New York||141||.337||523||98||176||29||12||4||68||72||8||36|
|4. Willie Keeler||Brooklyn||136||.362||563||106||204||13||12||4||68||30||7||41|
|5. Nap Lajoie||Philadelphia||102||.337||451||92||152||33||12||7||92||10||8||22|
|6. Jesse Burkett||St. Louis||141||.363||559||88||203||11||15||7||68||62||3||32|
|7. Jake Beckley||Cincinnati||141||.341||558||98||190||26||10||2||94||40||4||23|
|8. Joe Kelley||Brooklyn||121||.319||454||90||145||23||17||6||91||53||6||26|
|9. John McGraw||St. Louis||99||.344||334||84||115||10||4||2||33||84||23||29|
|10. Billy Hamilton||Boston||136||.333||520||103||173||20||5||1||47||107||3||32|
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1900
|1. Cy Young||St. Louis||3.00||19||19||.500||0||41||35||321.1||358||107||36||7||4||1|
|2. Joe McGinnity||Brooklyn||2.94||28||8||.778||0||44||37||343||365||112||113||4||41||1|
|3. Jesse Tannehill||Pittsburgh||2.88||20||6||.769||0||38||33||208.2||185||55||55||2||13||0|
|4. Deacon Phillippe||Pittsburgh||2.84||20||13||.606||0||29||27||234||256||75||43||0||17||0|
|5. Rube Waddell||Pittsburgh||2.37||8||13||.381||0||29||22||208.2||185||55||55||2||13||0|
|6. Ned Garvin||Chicago||2.41||10||18||.357||0||30||28||246.1||237||66||63||6||18||0|
|7. Bill Dinneen||Boston||3.12||20||14||.588||0||40||37||320.2||335||111||105||11||9||2|
|8. Noodles Hahn||Cincinnati||3.27||16||20||.444||0||39||37||311.1||318||113||89||4||7||0|
|9. Sam Leever||Pittsburgh||2.71||15||13||.536||0||30||29||232.2||242||70||48||10||10||0|
|10. Bill Carrick||New York||3.53||19||22||.463||0||45||41||341.2||436||134||92||7||13||0|
Brown type indicates league leader.
Notes: Walks (BB) do not include intentional walks (IB). For pitchers, caught stealing (CS) also includes pickoffs.
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