1906 Leaders & Numbers

Honus Wagner, the Flying Dutchman, kept soaring above all as the game’s premier hitter. George Stone still had the Boston Americans kicking themselves for giving him away to the Browns for all-but-retired Jesse Burkett. Frank Chance got the best out of veteran hitter Harry Steinfeldt, whom he helped bring to Chicago. Harry Davis, the AL’s closest thing to Babe Ruth during the mid-1900s, hit a career-high 12 home runs. After learning the ropes as a 1905 rookie, future game-fixing suspect Hal Chase put up some of the best numbers he would see for a decade; perhaps integrity had something to do with it. Terry Turner, whose long tenure at Cleveland spanned the deadball era, was never better. Al Orth received long-overdue recognition—and support—after laboring for some truly awful Washington teams. All seemed forgiven for Jack Taylor in Chicago after being accused of throwing games during his last stay there. Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown, the man traded for Taylor in 1903, began a stunning run of pitching with, arguably, the most effective of all his campaigns. While Christy Mathewson struggled with an early-season illness, Joe McGinnity reclaimed the role of Giant ace. Steady veteran Addie Joss was complimented with solid, if not fleeting, support from relative one-year wonders in Bob Rhoads and Swiss-born Otto Hess. Vic Willis went from an unsupported 20-game loser for Boston to a well-supported 20-game winner at Pittsburgh.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1906
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB
1. Honus Wagner Pittsburgh 142 .339 516 103 175 38 9 2 71 58 10 53
2. Frank Chance Chicago 136 .319 474 103 151 24 10 3 71 70 12 57
3. Harry Steinfeldt Chicago 151 .327 539 91 176 27 10 3 83 47 14 29
4. Harry Lumley Brooklyn 133 .324 484 72 157 23 12 9 61 48 1 35
5. Art Devlin New York 148 .299 498 76 149 23 8 2 65 74 6 54
6. Sherry Magee Philadelphia 154 .282 563 77 159 36 8 6 67 52 5 55
7. Tim Jordan Brooklyn 129 .252 450 67 118 20 8 12 78 59 3 16
8. Cy Seymour Cincinnati-New York 151 .286 576 70 165 19 5 8 80 42 4 29
9. Roger Bresnahan New York 124 .281 405 69 114 22 4 0 43 81 15 25
10. Miller Huggins Cincinnati 146 .292 545 81 159 11 7 0 26 71 3 41
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1906
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB
1. George Stone St. Louis 154 .358 581 91 208 25 20 6 71 52 7 35
2. Nap Lajoie Cleveland 152 .355 602 88 214 48 9 0 91 30 6 20
3. Harry Davis Philadelphia 145 .292 551 94 161 42 7 12 96 49 5 23
4. Elmer Flick Cleveland 157 .311 624 98 194 34 22 1 62 54 7 39
5. Hal Chase New York 151 .323 597 84 193 23 10 0 76 13 3 28
6. Charlie Hemphill St. Louis 154 .289 585 90 169 19 12 4 62 43 0 33
7. Sam Crawford Detroit 145 .295 563 65 166 25 16 2 72 38 1 24
8. George Davis Chicago 133 .277 484 63 134 26 6 0 80 41 4 27
9. Terry Turner Cleveland 147 .291 584 85 170 27 7 2 62 35 6 27
10. Bobby Wallace St. Louis 139 .258 476 64 123 21 7 2 67 58 4 24
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1906
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Three Finger Brown Chicago 1.04 26 6 .813 3 36 32 277.1 201 32 61 2 4 1
2. Tully Sparks Philadelphia 2.16 19 16 .543 3 42 37 316.2 256 76 62 2 10 0
3. Vic Willis Pittsburgh 1.73 23 13 .639 1 41 36 322 295 62 76 8 5 0
4. Jack Pfiester Chicago 1.51 20 8 .714 0 31 29 250.2 182 42 63 4 13 1
5. Joe McGinnity New York 2.25 27 12 .692 2 45 37 339.2 319 85 71 0 7 0
6. Ed Reulbach Chicago 1.65 19 4 .826 3 33 24 218 135 40 92 3 13 1
7. Jack Taylor St. Louis-Chicago 1.99 20 12 .625 0 34 33 302.1 261 67 86 0 13 1
8. Lefty Leifield Pittsburgh 1.87 18 13 .581 1 37 31 255.2 223 53 68 3 14 0
9. Sam Leever Pittsburgh 2.32 22 7 .759 0 36 31 260.1 241 67 48 3 7 0
10. Jake Weimar Cincinnati 2.22 20 14 .588 1 41 39 304.2 263 75 99 7 13 0
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1906
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Addie Joss Cleveland 1.72 21 9 .700 1 34 31 282 229 54 43 2 3 0
2. Bob Rhoads Cleveland 1.80 22 10 .688 0 38 34 315 274 63 92 2 5 0
3. Otto Hess Cleveland 1.83 20 17 .541 3 43 36 333.2 286 68 85 2 24 1
4. Ed Walsh Chicago 1.88 17 13 .567 1 41 34 278.1 218 58 58 11 7 0
5. Barney Pelty St. Louis 1.59 16 11 .593 2 34 30 260.6 192 46 59 8 19 0
6. Al Orth New York 2.34 27 17 .614 0 45 39 338.2 323 88 66 7 1 1
7. Nick Altrock Chicago 2.06 20 13 .606 0 38 30 287.2 269 66 42 5 3 0
8. Jack Powell St. Louis 1.77 13 14 .481 1 28 26 244 202 48 55 5 8 0
9. Jack Chesbro New York 2.96 23 17 .575 1 49 42 325 320 107 75 7 10 0
10. Frank Owen Chicago 2.33 22 13 .629 0 42 36 293 301 76 54 2 4 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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