1907 Leaders & Numbers

Honus Wagner finally found a pure equal in Ty Cobb, who became baseball’s most lethal 20-year old in more ways than one. And although Cobb wasn’t making too many friends in Detroit, he must have at least gotten Christmas card consideration from teammate Sam Crawford, who thrived with Cobb in the lineup as protection. Sherry Magee kept the Phillies (.225 without him) from becoming the NL’s version of the Hitless Wonders. Ginger Beaumont got a new lease on life in Boston after a recent injury curtailed his output in Pittsburgh. Ed Abbaticchio, the man traded for Beaumont, relished in a winning environment after a year-long holdout with the Beaneaters. In his one full year with New York, Spike Shannon became a valuable leadoff spark for the Giants. Christy Mathewson restored his standing as the NL’s best after struggling with diphtheria the year before, while Ed Walsh emerged as the AL’s endurance man on the mound. Walsh’s White Sox teammate Doc White finally earned the spoils of great pitching after years of being cheated out of 20 wins. After suffering his worst year to-date (13-21) in 1906, 40-year old Cy Young rebounded. Bob Ewing and Ed Karger became the latest hurlers to prove that you couldn’t have it both ways in the deadball era, setting career lows in ERA—and career highs in losses.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1907
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB
1. Honus Wagner Pittsburgh 142 .350 515 98 180 38 14 6 82 46 5 61
2. Sherry Magee Philadelphia 140 .328 503 75 165 28 12 4 85 53 4 46
3. Fred Clarke Pittsburgh 148 .289 501 97 145 18 13 2 59 68 8 37
4. Tommy Leach Pittsburgh 149 .303 547 102 166 19 12 4 43 40 1 43
5. Ginger Beaumont Boston 150 .322 580 67 187 19 14 4 62 37 3 25
6. Ed Abbaticchio Pittsburgh 147 .262 496 63 130 14 7 2 82 65 8 35
7. Frank Chance Chicago 111 .293 382 58 112 19 2 1 49 51 13 35
8. Spike Shannon New York 155 .265 585 104 155 12 5 1 33 82 8 33
9. Cy Seymour New York 131 .294 473 46 139 25 8 3 75 36 5 21
10. John Titus Philadelphia 145 .275 523 72 144 23 12 3 63 47 9 9
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1907
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB
1. Ty Cobb Detroit 150 .350 605 97 212 28 14 5 119 24 5 53
2. Sam Crawford Detroit 144 .323 582 102 188 34 17 4 81 37 2 18
3. Elmer Flick Cleveland 147 .302 549 80 166 15 18 3 58 64 11 41
4. Harry Davis Philadelphia 149 .266 582 84 155 35 8 8 87 42 2 20
5. George Stone St. Louis 155 .320 596 77 191 13 11 4 59 59 6 23
6. Topsy Hartsel Philadelphia 143 .280 507 93 142 23 6 3 29 106 0 20
7. Hal Chase New York 125 .287 498 72 143 23 3 2 68 19 1 32
8. Nap Lajoie Cleveland 137 .299 509 53 152 30 6 2 63 30 6 24
9. Socks Syebold Philadelphia 147 .271 564 58 153 29 4 5 92 40 4 10
10. Eddie Hahn Chicago 156 .255 592 87 151 9 7 0 45 84 12 17
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1907
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Christy Mathewson New York 2.00 24 12 .667 2 41 36 315 268 70 53 5 2 0
2. Orvie Overall Chicago 1.68 23 7 .767 3 36 30 268.1 210 50 69 10 11 0
3. Three Finger Brown Chicago 1.39 20 6 .769 3 34 27 233 186 36 40 4 6 0
4.Tully Sparks Philadelphia 2.00 22 8 .733 1 33 31 265 227 59 51 0 7 0
5. Jack Pfiester Chicago 1.15 14 9 .609 0 30 22 195 146 25 48 2 5 0
6. Bob Ewing Cincinnati 1.73 17 19 .472 0 41 37 332.2 285 64 85 1 7 0
7. Carl Lundgren Chicago 1.17 18 7 .720 0 28 25 207 130 27 92 2 2 1
8. Vic Willis Pittsburgh 2.34 21 11 .656 1 39 37 292.2 246 76 69 2 7 0
9. Ed Karger St. Louis 2.01 15 19 .441 1 39 32 314 263 70 65 8 10 0
10. Sam Leever Pittsburgh 1.66 14 9 .609 0 31 24 216.2 191 40 46 1 8 0
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1907
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Ed Walsh Chicago 1.60 24 18 .571 4 56 46 422.1 350 75 87 14 8 0
2. Addie Joss Cleveland 1.83 27 11 .771 2 42 38 338.2 288 69 54 1 7 0
3. Cy Young Boston 1.99 21 15 .583 2 43 37 343.1 295 76 41 6 7 0
4. Doc White Chicago 2.26 27 13 .675 1 46 35 291 279 73 38 0 6 0
5. Eddie Plank Philadelphia 2.20 24 16 .600 0 43 40 343.2 297 84 85 5 17 1
6. Chief Bender Philadelphia 2.05 16 8 .667 3 33 24 219.1 188 50 34 5 3 0
7. Ed Killian Detroit 1.78 25 13 .658 1 41 34 314 292 62 91 2 13 0
8. George Winter Boston 2.07 12 15 .444 1 35 27 256.6 204 59 61 3 3 0
9. Harry Howell St. Louis 1.93 16 15 .516 3 42 35 316.1 267 68 88 6 8 0
10. Bill Donovan Detroit 2.19 25 4 .862 1 32 28 271 231 66 82 2 8 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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