1901 Leaders & Numbers

A year after sharing the stage—often combatively—with Elmer Flick, Nap Lajoie had it all to himself as the American League’s best hitter. Jesse Burkett made his mark as the best hitter soon to join the junior circuit. Norway-born John Anderson put on a marvelous hitting exhibition during Milwaukee’s lone year at the major league level before the Braves parked there 50 years later. Buck Freeman, whose 25 home runs in 1899 nearly tied a then-major league record, qualified as a premier AL slugger by homering in double figures. After winning just one game over each of his previous three seasons, “Wild” Bill Donovan developed something else in common with the number one: Number one in NL victories. Though the AL stole most of the headlines, 20-year-old Christy Mathewson’s breakout effort captured what little attention was left over for the NL. With Joe McGinnity relocating to Baltimore for the first of two tumultuous years in the AL, Noodles Hahn took over as the NL’s pitching workhorse—saving the dreadful Reds from an even worse ledger. Roscoe Miller’s fantastic debut would make him a one-year wonder, as a 16-32 record over his next—and last—three years would prove. The same could certainly not be said for Eddie Plank, who followed his solid rookie campaign by ultimately becoming the AL’s all-time leading lefty in wins.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1901
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB
1. Honus Wagner Pittsburgh 140 .353 549 101 194 37 11 6 126 53 7 49
2. Jimmy Sheckard Brooklyn 133 .354 554 116 196 29 19 11 104 47 5 35
3. Ed Delahanty Philadelphia 139 .354 542 106 192 38 16 8 108 65 4 29
4. Jesse Burkett St. Louis 142 .376 601 142 226 20 15 10 75 59 10 27
5. Elmer Flick Philadelphia 138 .333 540 112 180 32 17 8 88 52 7 30
6. Sam Crawford Cincinnati 131 .330 515 91 170 20 16 16 104 37 3 13
7. Topsy Hartsel Chicago 140 .335 558 111 187 25 16 7 54 74 1 41
8. Tom Daly Brooklyn 133 .315 520 88 164 38 10 3 90 42 4 31
9. Fred Clarke Pittsburgh 129 .324 527 118 171 24 15 6 60 51 10 23
10. Ginger Beaumont Pittsburgh 133 .332 558 120 185 14 5 8 72 44 2 36
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1901
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB
1. Nap Lajoie Philadelphia 131 .426 544 145 232 48 14 14 125 24 13 27
2. Buck Freeman Boston 129 .339 490 88 166 23 15 12 114 44 6 17
3. Jimmy Williams Baltimore 130 .317 501 113 159 26 21 7 96 56 2 21
4. Jimmy Collins Boston 138 .332 564 108 187 42 16 6 94 34 5 19
5. Mike Donlin Baltimore 121 .340 476 107 162 23 13 5 67 53 2 33
6. John Anderson Milwaukee 138 .330 576 90 190 46 7 8 99 24 3 35
7. Bill Keister Baltimore 115 .328 442 78 145 20 21 2 93 18 8 24
8. Socks Seybold Philadelphia 114 .334 449 74 150 24 14 8 90 40 7 15
9. Fielder Jones Chicago 113 .311 521 120 162 16 3 2 65 84 6 38
10. Lave Cross Philadelphia 100 .328 424 82 139 28 12 2 73 19 1 23
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1901
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Deacon Phillippe Pittsburgh 2.22 22 12 .647 2 37 32 296 295 73 38 3 10 1
2. Al Orth Philadelphia 2.27 20 12 .625 1 35 33 281.2 259 71 32 5 8 0
3. Noodles Hahn Cincinnati 2.71 22 19 .537 0 42 42 375.1 406 113 69 9 10 0
4. Jack Chesbro Pittsburgh 2.38 21 10 .677 1 36 28 287.2 273 76 52 5 14 0
5. Christy Mathewson New York 2.41 20 17 .541 0 40 38 336 297 90 97 23 13 1
6. Wild Bill Donovan Brooklyn 2.77 25 15 .625 3 45 38 351 327 108 152 8 10 0
7. Vic Willis Boston 2.36 20 17 .541 0 38 35 305.1 280 80 78 5 11 0
8. Red Donahue Philadelphia 2.60 21 13 .618 1 35 34 304.1 313 88 60 3 9 0
9. Jesse Tannehill Pittsburgh 2.18 18 10 .643 1 32 30 252.1 243 61 36 2 10 0
10. Jack Powell St. Louis 3.54 19 19 .500 3 45 37 338.1 393 133 50 9 12 0
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1901
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Cy Young Boston 1.62 33 10 .767 0 43 41 371.1 342 67 37 2 8 0
2. Clark Griffith Chicago 2.67 24 7 .774 1 35 30 266.2 287 79 50 2 4 0
3. Roscoe Miller Detroit 2.95 23 13 .639 1 38 36 332 342 109 98 4 13 0
4. Nixey Callahan Chicago 2.42 15 8 .652 0 27 22 215.1 207 58 50 7 9 0
5. Joe McGinnity Baltimore 3.56 26 20 .565 1 48 43 382 433 151 96 5 21 0
6. George Winter Boston 2.80 16 12 .571 0 28 28 241 246 75 66 3 4 0
7. Joe Yeager Detroit 2.61 12 11 .522 1 26 25 199.2 221 58 46 2 8 0
8. Roy Patterson Chicago 3.37 20 16 .556 0 41 35 312.1 378 117 62 10 11 1
9. Eddie Plank Philadelphia 3.31 17 13 .567 0 33 32 260.2 260 96 68 13 12 0
10. Chick Fraser Philadelphia 3.81 22 16 .579 0 40 37 331 362 140 132 11 32 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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