1909 Leaders & Numbers

Ty Cobb became a triple-crown winner by nabbing the only home run title of his career—with nine, all hit inside the park. Honus Wagner finished the decade as dominant as he had entered it. As the 1900s came to a close, three icons of the 1910s—Eddie Collins, Tris Speaker and Frank Baker—gave a sneak peak of what to expect in the coming decade. While many pitchers would be thrilled to hold opposing hitters to a .228 batting average, that’s what Christy Mathewson allowed for an on-base percentage. With Ed Walsh perhaps feeling tired after throwing 464 innings in 1908, White Sox teammate Frank Smith admirably took over as the team’s iron man on the mound. Larry Doyle engendered a good dose of respect from manager John McGraw—who named the 22-year old Doyle the Giants’ captain. As the White Sox took a much-needed refresher course in hitting, Patsy Dougherty was ahead of the learning curve by outhitting his teammates, .285 to .214. Tiger workhorse George Mullin, who historically lost as frequently as he won, finally got more than his share of wins. Such results were nothing new to Three Finger Brown, who for the fourth straight year won over 20—and lost less than ten. Cy Morgan thrived for most of the year with the A’s after the Red Sox let him go following an unsuccessful half-hearted tag attempt on spike-sharp Cobb.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1909
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB
1. Honus Wagner Pittsburgh 137 .339 495 92 168 39 10 5 100 66 3 35
2. Mike Mitchell Cincinnati 145 .310 523 83 162 17 17 4 86 57 0 37
3. Fred Clarke Pittsburgh 152 .287 550 97 158 16 11 3 68 80 6 31
4. Ed Konetchy St. Louis 152 .286 576 88 165 23 14 4 80 65 7 25
5. Larry Doyle New York 147 .302 570 86 172 27 11 6 49 45 7 31
6. Red Murray New York 149 .263 570 74 150 15 12 7 91 45 2 48
7. Tommy Leach Pittsburgh 151 .261 587 126 153 29 8 6 43 66 2 27
8. Sherry Magee Philadelphia 143 .270 522 60 141 33 14 2 66 43 11 38
9. Dots Miller Pittsburgh 151 .279 560 71 156 31 13 3 87 39 3 14
10. Dick Hoblitzel Cincinnati 142 .308 517 59 159 23 11 4 67 44 2 17
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1909
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB
1. Ty Cobb Detroit 156 .377 573 116 216 33 10 9 107 48 6 76
2. Eddie Collins Philadelphia 153 .347 571 104 198 30 10 3 56 62 6 63
3. Sam Crawford Detroit 156 .314 589 83 185 35 14 6 97 47 1 30
4. Tris Speaker Boston 143 .309 544 73 168 26 13 7 77 38 7 35
5. Frank Baker Philadelphia 148 .305 541 73 165 27 19 4 85 26 5 20
6. Donie Bush Detroit 157 .273 532 114 145 18 2 0 33 88 4 53
7. Patsy Dougherty Chicago 139 .285 491 71 140 23 13 1 55 51 6 36
8. Jake Stahl Boston 127 .294 435 62 128 19 12 6 60 43 15 16
9. Harry Davis Philadelphia 149 .268 530 73 142 22 11 4 75 51 5 20
10. Danny Murphy Philadelphia 149 .281 541 61 152 28 14 5 69 35 6 19
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1909
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Three Finger Brown Chicago 1.31 27 9 .750 7 50 34 342.2 249 78 53 9 7 0
2. Christy Mathewson New York 1.14 25 6 .806 2 37 33 275.1 198 35 36 4 0 0
3. Howie Camnitz Chicago 1.62 25 6 .806 3 41 30 283 210 51 68 2 7 0
4. Orvie Overall Chicago 1.42 20 11 .645 3 38 32 285 207 45 80 11 8 0
5. Art Fromme Cincinnati 1.90 19 13 .594 2 37 34 279.1 201 59 101 5 3 0
6. Ed Reulbach Chicago 1.78 19 10 .655 0 35 32 262.2 197 52 82 4 11 0
7. Vic Willis Pittsburgh 2.24 22 11 .667 1 39 35 289.2 249 72 83 4 4 0
8. Babe Adams Pittsburgh 1.11 12 3 .800 2 25 12 130 88 16 23 1 3 0
9. Harry Gaspar Cincinnati 2.01 19 11 .633 2 44 29 260 228 58 57 3 9 0
10. Hooks Wiltse New York 2.00 20 11 .645 3 37 30 269.1 255 60 51 4 6 0
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1909
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Frank Smith Chicago 1.80 25 17 .595 1 51 40 365 281 73 70 6 6 0
2. Ed Walsh Chicago 1.41 15 11 .577 2 31 28 230.1 166 36 50 4 4 3
3. Chief Bender Philadelphia 1.66 18 8 .692 1 34 29 250 199 46 45 5 5 1
4. Eddie Plank Philadelphia 1.76 19 10 .655 0 34 33 265.1 218 52 62 4 8 1
5. George Mullin Detroit 2.22 29 8 .784 1 40 35 303.2 261 75 78 5 8 0
6. Addie Joss Cleveland 1.71 14 13 .519 0 33 28 242.2 198 46 31 3 4 0
7. Harry Krause Philadelphia 1.39 18 8 .692 0 32 21 213 157 33 49 2 13 1
8. Ed Willett Detroit 2.34 21 10 .677 1 41 34 292.2 254 76 76 11 15 0
9. Ed Summers Detroit 2.24 19 9 .679 1 35 32 281.2 255 70 52 5 10 1
10. Cy Morgan Boston-Philadelphia 1.81 18 17 .514 1 40 36 293.1 213 59 102 11 22 1

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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