1905 Leaders & Numbers

While major league pitchers dominated more than ever, Cy Seymour managed to collect more total bases (325) than any other National Leaguer during the deadball era. Harry Davis continued his reign as the American League home run king, for all it was worth in 1905. Elmer Flick’s .308 batting average was the lowest for a league leader until 1968. Harry Bay, in what would be his last year as an everyday player, was one of only two other AL players to hit over .300. Mike Donlin got his mind off of both theater and trouble long enough to get in a full season—and a spectacular one at that. The sophomore campaign of 20-year old Sherry Magee, literally plucked off a sandlot in Pennsylvania, made many solid veteran hitters look ordinary. What was long predicted finally became fact when Christy Mathewson established himself as the best pitcher in the game. Some wondered if 22-year old rookie Ed Reulbach was first in line to dethrone Mathewson. While Rube Waddell was stealing the headlines—good and bad—Philly teammate Eddie Plank quietly and contentedly went about his usual sterling business. Even quieter was the silence that even-tempered Addie Joss was placing on his opponents. Nick Altrock, later to be known as part of a famed entertainment sideshow at ballparks, was hardly clowning around for the moment in Chicago. Cy Young was the victim of a growing baseball epidemic: A losing record and an ERA under 2.00.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1905
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB
1. Honus Wagner Pittsburgh 147 .363 548 114 199 32 14 6 101 54 7 57
2. Cy Seymour Cincinnati 149 .377 581 95 219 40 21 8 121 51 2 21
3. Mike Donlin New York 150 .356 606 124 216 31 16 7 80 56 2 33
4. Sherry Magee Philadelphia 155 .299 603 100 180 24 17 5 98 44 8 48
5. Frank Chance Chicago 118 .316 392 92 124 16 12 2 70 78 17 38
6. Sam Mertes New York 150 .279 551 81 154 27 17 5 108 56 5 52
7. John Titus Philadelphia 147 .308 548 99 169 36 14 2 89 69 12 11
8. Dan McGann New York 136 .299 491 88 147 23 14 5 75 55 19 22
9. Roy Thomas Philadelphia 147 .317 562 118 178 11 6 0 31 93 4 23
10. Fred Clarke Pittsburgh 141 .299 525 95 157 18 15 2 51 55 2 24
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1905
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB
1. Elmer Flick Cleveland 132 .308 500 72 154 29 18 4 64 53 8 35
2. Harry Davis Philadelphia 150 .285 607 93 173 47 6 8 83 43 2 36
3. Sam Crawford Detroit 154 .297 575 73 171 38 10 6 75 50 3 22
4. Topsy Hartsel Philadelphia 150 .275 538 88 148 22 8 0 28 121 1 37
5. Jiggs Donahue Chicago 149 .287 533 71 153 22 4 1 76 44 4 32
6. Danny Murphy Philadelphia 151 .277 537 71 149 34 4 6 71 42 8 23
7. George Stone St. Louis 154 .296 632 76 187 25 13 7 52 44 5 26
8. Jake Stahl Washington 141 .250 501 66 125 22 12 5 66 28 17 41
9. Harry Bay Cleveland 144 .301 552 90 166 18 10 0 22 36 5 36
10. Socks Seybold Philadelphia 133 .274 492 64 135 37 4 6 59 42 8 5
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1905
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Christy Mathewson New York 1.28 31 9 .775 2 43 37 338.2 268 48 64 6 1 3
2. Ed Reulbach Chicago 1.42 18 14 .562 1 32 29 291.2 211 46 73 5 18 1
3. Deacon Phillippe Pittsburgh 2.19 20 13 .606 0 38 33 279 235 68 48 8 10 0
4. Irv Young Boston 2.90 20 21 .488 0 43 42 378 355 122 71 6 8 0
5. Togie Pittinger Philadelphia 3.09 23 14 .622 2 46 37 337.1 320 116 104 6 16 0
6. Bob Wicker Chicago 2.02 13 6 .684 0 22 22 178 148 40 47 2 1 0
7. Three Finger Brown Chicago 2.17 18 12 .600 0 30 24 249 228 60 44 2 1 1
8. Joe McGinnity New York 2.87 21 15 .583 3 46 38 320.1 307 102 71 3 14 0
9. Tully Sparks Philadelphia 2.18 14 11 .560 1 34 26 259.2 223 63 73 1 9 0
10. Button Briggs Chicago 2.14 8 8 .500 0 20 20 168 144 40 52 1 6 0
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1905
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Rube Waddell Philadelphia 1.48 27 10 .730 0 46 34 328.2 246 54 90 10 10 2
2. Cy Young Boston 1.82 18 19 .486 0 38 33 320.2 257 65 30 6 10 0
3. Nick Altrock Chicago 1.88 23 12 .657 0 38 34 315.2 283 66 63 6 2 0
4. Frank Owen Chicago 2.10 21 13 .618 0 42 38 334 294 78 56 4 9 0
5. Eddie Plank Philadelphia 2.26 24 12 .667 0 41 41 346.2 296 87 75 9 24 0
6. Doc White Chicago 1.76 17 13 .567 0 36 33 260.1 210 51 58 8 9 0
7. Addie Joss Cleveland 2.01 20 12 .600 0 33 32 286 262 64 46 3 12 0
8. Ed Killian Detroit 2.27 23 14 .622 0 39 37 313.1 263 79 102 4 13 0
9. Frank Smith Chicago 2.13 19 13 .594 0 39 31 291.2 215 69 107 13 8 0
10. Harry Howell St. Louis 1.98 15 22 .405 0 38 37 323 258 71 101 9 12 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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