1914 Leaders & Numbers

Gavvy Cravath exploited the short reach to Baker Bowl’s right field wall in Philadelphia like no one else, hitting all 19 of his home runs there. Teammate Sherry Magee, perhaps displaying the best numbers of his stellar career, was one of two other Phillies—and one of three in the NL—to reach double figures in homers. Beals Becker nearly made it four Phillies. Eddie Collins repeated his top echelon routine and finally got his due as AL MVP while snaring the last Chalmers auto given for such an award. Despite an attack on a fish vendor that cost him a broken thumb and two months of action, Ty Cobb remained his usual productive self. Typically amiable, “Silent GeorgeBurns would be heard from as the only man other than Max Carey to lead the NL in steals between 1913-20. It didn’t matter if opposing hitters represented the AL, NL or FL, Walter Johnson remained in a league of his own. For the third straight year, Jeff Tesreau (opponents’ batting average: .209) was the toughest pitcher to get a hit off of. Harry Coveleski, who hadn’t been in the majors since 1910 and won only 12 games before then—all of them, it seemed, against the Giants—made a triumphant return in Detroit. Bill James—not to be confused with Bill James, the future stats guru—developed into one of the game’s great one-year wonders; he won only six games before 1914, five afterward. After enduring a lack of respect and playing time (32-33) over his previous six years, Hippo Vaughn began a new six-year stretch (124-77) that earned a bit more attention.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1914
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB
1. Sherry Magee Philadelphia 146 .314 544 96 171 39 11 15 103 55 3 25
2. George Burns New York 154 .303 561 100 170 35 10 3 60 89 5 62
3. Gavvy Cravath Philadelphia 149 .299 499 76 149 27 8 19 100 83 3 14
4. Zack Wheat Brooklyn 145 .319 533 66 170 26 9 9 89 47 3 20
5. Beals Becker Philadelphia 138 .325 514 76 167 25 5 9 66 37 0 16
6. Joe Connolly Boston 120 .306 399 64 122 28 10 9 65 49 8 12
7. Jake Daubert Brooklyn 126 .329 474 89 156 17 7 6 45 30 5 25
8. Heinie Zimmerman Chicago 145 .296 564 75 167 36 12 4 87 20 5 17
9. Vic Saier Chicago 153 .240 537 87 129 24 8 18 72 94 4 19
10. Casey Stengel Brooklyn 126 .316 412 55 130 13 10 4 60 56 5 19
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1914
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB CS
1. Eddie Collins Philadelphia 152 .344 526 122 181 23 14 2 85 97 6 58 30
2. Tris Speaker Boston 158 .338 571 101 193 46 18 4 90 77 7 42 29
3. Sam Crawford Detroit 157 .314 582 74 183 22 26 8 104 69 1 25 16
4. Ty Cobb Detroit 98 .368 345 69 127 22 11 2 57 57 6 35 17
5. Frank Baker Philadelphia 150 .319 570 84 182 23 10 9 89 53 3 19 20
6. Tillie Walker St. Louis 151 .298 517 67 154 24 16 6 78 51 4 29 17
7. Del Pratt St. Louis 158 .283 584 85 165 34 13 5 65 50 2 37 28
8. Joe Jackson Cleveland 122 .338 453 61 153 22 13 3 53 41 5 22 15
9. Stuffy McInnis Philadelphia 149 .314 576 74 181 12 8 1 95 19 4 25 19
10. Fritz Maisel New York 150 .239 548 78 131 23 9 2 47 76 2 74 17
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1914
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Dick Rudolph Boston 2.35 26 10 .722 0 42 36 336.1 315 88 61 7 4 0
2. Bill James Boston 1.90 26 7 .788 2 46 37 332.1 282 70 118 6 13 1
3. Pete Alexander Philadelphia 2.38 27 15 .643 1 46 39 355 351 94 76 1 11 0
4. Bill Doak St. Louis 1.72 19 6 .760 1 36 33 256 199 49 87 7 7 0
5. Jeff Pfeffer Brooklyn 1.97 23 12 .657 4 43 34 315 291 69 91 3 7 2
6. Babe Adams Pittsburgh 2.51 13 16 .448 1 40 35 283 268 79 39 2 7 0
7. Hippo Vaughn Chicago 2.05 21 13 .618 1 42 35 293.2 239 67 109 13 8 1
8. Slim Sallee St. Louis 2.10 18 17 .514 6 46 30 282.1 267 66 72 0 9 0
9. Jeff Tesreau New York 2.37 26 10 .722 1 42 40 322.1 262 85 128 6 7 0
10. Christy Mathewson New York 3.00 24 13 .649 2 41 35 312 362 104 23 7 2 0
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1914
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Walter Johnson Washington 1.72 28 18 .609 1 51 40 371.2 296 71 74 14 11 1
2. Dutch Leonard Boston 0.96 19 5 .792 3 36 25 224.2 148 24 60 2 8 0
3. Carl Weilman St. Louis 2.08 18 13 .581 1 44 36 299 263 69 84 4 11 2
4. Ray Caldwell New York 1.94 17 9 .654 1 31 23 213 168 46 51 1 4 0
5. Harry Coveleski Detroit 2.49 22 12 .647 2 44 36 303.1 263 84 100 6 12 1
6. Ray Collins Boston 2.51 20 13 .606 0 39 30 272.1 261 76 56 1 0 0
7. Rube Foster Boston 1.70 14 8 .636 0 32 27 211.2 170 40 52 1 7 0
8. Joe Benz Chicago 2.26 14 19 .424 2 48 35 288.1 257 71 66 4 2 0
9. Eddie Cicotte Chicago 2.04 11 16 .407 3 45 30 269.1 220 61 72 6 3 0
10. Hooks Dauss Detroit 2.86 18 15 .545 4 45 35 302 295 96 87 8 18 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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