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
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB
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
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
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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