1911 Leaders & Numbers

Wildfire Schulte accomplished the deadball era rarity of eclipsing 20 homers, including the only four grand slams of his career. Thanks to a juiced-up ball in the AL, Ty Cobb put up the most prolific numbers of his legendary career. Right behind him was 21-year old Joe Jackson, who produced the highest batting average by a player not winning a batting title. Honus Wagner won his eighth and final batting crown, thanks in part to a forfeited game that erased a 0-for-4 and preserved his lead by a single point over teammate Dots Miller. Bob Bescher’s 81 steals would stand as a NL record until Maury Wills broke it 51 years later. The Phillies downplayed concerns about Pete Alexander’s drinking habits and dished out the best $750 they would ever spend to acquire him from the minors. The typically sleepwalking White Sox offense awoke to give Ed Walsh long-overdue support. Three Finger Brown won another 20-plus games, but relieved as often as he started—and saved 13 games to establish a new record. Jack Coombs enjoyed a worthy follow-up to his one-year masterpiece of 1910, while Smoky Joe Wood warmed up for the one he’d experience in 1912. Brooklyn workhorse Nap Rucker finally overcame his team’s general lack of success by winning 20 games for the first time in five years. Had it not been for Addie Joss’ tragic death, rookie southpaw Vean Gregg might have given the Naps one of the game’s best one-two punches on the mound.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1911
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Wildfire Schulte Chicago 154 .300 577 105 173 30 21 21 107 74 2 3 23 18 4
2. Larry Doyle New York 143 .310 526 102 163 25 25 13 77 71 0 5 38 21 4
3. Honus Wagner Pittsburgh 130 .334 473 87 158 23 16 9 89 62 5 6 20 14 8
4. Jimmy Sheckard Chicago 156 .276 539 121 149 26 11 4 50 147 0 3 32 11 1
5. Sherry Magee Philadelphia 121 .288 445 79 128 32 5 15 94 49 0 6 22 12 2
6. Bob Bescher Cincinnati 153 .275 599 106 165 32 10 1 45 102 0 5 81 11 4
7. Red Murray New York 140 .291 488 70 142 27 15 3 78 43 0 5 48 17 4
8. Ed Konetchy St. Louis 158 .289 571 90 165 38 13 6 88 80 1 7 27 13 5
9. Chief Wilson Pittsburgh 148 .300 544 72 163 34 12 12 107 41 0 4 10 4 5
10. Doc Miller Boston 146 .333 577 69 192 36 3 7 91 43 0 0 32 9 2
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1911
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB
1. Ty Cobb Detroit 146 .420 591 147 248 47 24 8 127 44 8 83
2. Joe Jackson Cleveland 147 .408 571 126 233 45 19 7 83 56 8 41
3. Sam Crawford Detroit 146 .378 574 109 217 36 14 7 115 61 0 37
4. Birdie Cree New York 137 .348 520 90 181 30 22 4 88 56 3 48
5. Frank Baker Philadelphia 148 .334 592 96 198 42 14 11 115 40 2 38
6. Eddie Collins Philadelphia 132 .365 493 92 180 22 13 3 73 62 15 38
7. Tris Speaker Boston 141 .334 500 88 167 34 13 8 70 59 13 25
8. Jim Delahanty Detroit 144 .339 542 83 184 30 14 3 94 56 10 15
9. Danny Murphy Philadelphia 141 .329 508 104 167 27 11 6 66 50 8 22
10. Clyde Milan Washington 154 .315 616 109 194 24 8 3 35 74 7 58
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1911
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Pete Alexander Philadelphia 2.57 28 13 .683 3 48 37 367 364 105 127 2 4 8 1 34 25 12
2. Christy Mathewson New York 1.99 26 13 .667 3 45 37 307 387 68 38 0 2 1 0 24 26 12
3. Babe Adams Pittsburgh 2.33 22 12 .647 0 40 37 293.1 352 76 42 0 4 7 0 37 25 13
4. Rube Marquard New York 2.50 24 7 .774 3 45 33 277.2 303 77 105 1 10 5 1 27 29 7
5. Lew Richie Chicago 2.31 15 11 .577 1 36 29 253 280 65 102 1 3 3 0 7 18 10
6. Three Finger Brown Chicago 2.80 21 11 .656 13 53 27 270 351 84 55 0 6 6 0 14 26 13
7. Bobby Keefe Cincinnati 2.69 12 13 .480 3 39 26 234.1 261 70 75 1 3 3 0 20 15 9
8. Nap Rucker Brooklyn 2.71 22 18 .550 4 48 33 315.2 359 95 109 1 5 8 0 35 30 11
9. Lefty Leifield Pittsburgh 2.63 16 16 .500 1 42 37 318 392 93 80 2 2 17 1 34 40 21
10. Bob Harmon St. Louis 3.13 23 16 .590 4 51 41 348 386 121 178 3 2 5 0 36 27 9
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1911
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Ed Walsh Chicago 2.22 27 18 .600 4 56 37 368.2 339 91 72 8 7 1
2. Smoky Joe Wood Boston 2.02 23 17 .575 3 44 33 275.2 232 62 76 10 11 0
3. Vean Gregg Cleveland 1.80 23 7 .767 0 34 26 244.2 178 49 86 8 10 0
4. Walter Johnson Washington 1.90 25 13 .658 1 40 37 322.1 316 68 70 17 8 0
5. Russ Ford New York 2.27 22 11 .667 0 37 33 281.1 260 71 76 5 4 0
6. Eddie Plank Philadelphia 2.10 23 8 .742 4 40 30 256.2 243 60 77 5 14 0
7. Chief Bender Philadelphia 2.16 17 5 .773 3 31 24 216.1 204 52 58 4 4 0
8. Jack Coombs Philadelphia 3.53 28 12 .700 2 47 40 336.2 384 132 119 12 16 0
9. Ray Collins Boston 2.40 11 12 .478 1 31 24 194.2 187 52 44 4 4 0
10. Jim Scott Chicago 2.39 14 11 .560 0 39 26 222 204 59 81 4 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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