1916 Leaders & Numbers

Tris Speaker, with something to prove after the Red Sox lowballed him on salary, became the AL’s first official batting champion other than Ty Cobb in six years. Cobb might have topped Speaker had he not been dogged by influenza. Baseball’s anti-Cobb—the quiet, cordial Zack Wheat—let his bat do all the angry talking. The bookies must have been in hiding; Hal Chase played on the up-and-up enough to win his only batting title. In his first June spent in a White Sox uniform, Joe Jackson hit over .500. After an underachieving debut in 1915, Rogers Hornsby was told by the Cardinals to bulk up or bail out; he eagerly took the first bit of advice. Pete Alexander not only shut out every NL team at least once, but also fired nine of his record 16 blankings at home in the Baker Bowl, the Coors Field of its day. Babe Ruth’s nine shutouts established a record among AL lefties that would stand for 62 years. Walter Johnson pitched the most innings by anyone not allowing a home run. Al Demaree, whose sports cartoons would grace numerous newspapers in his life after baseball, graced the mound with a personal best in wins. Bob Shawkey, one of Connie Mack’s many exiles, set career highs in wins, saves and opponents’ batting average (.209). For the second straight year, Carl Weilman’s exceptional ERA couldn’t translate into a winning record.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1916
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB
1. Hal Chase Cincinnati 142 .339 542 66 184 29 12 4 82 19 1 22
2. Zack Wheat Brooklyn 149 .312 568 76 177 32 13 9 73 43 6 19
3. Bill Hnchman Pittsburgh 152 .315 555 64 175 18 16 4 76 54 2 10
4. Benny Kauff New York 154 .264 552 71 146 22 15 9 74 68 3 40
5. Gavvy Cravath Philadelphia 137 .283 448 70 127 21 8 11 70 64 5 9
6. Max Carey Pittsburgh 154 .264 599 90 158 23 11 7 42 59 7 63
7. Cy Williams Chicago 118 .279 405 55 113 19 9 12 66 51 9 6
8. Rogers Hornsby St. Louis 139 .313 495 63 155 17 15 6 65 40 4 17
9. Dave Robertson New York 150 .307 587 88 180 18 8 12 69 14 3 21
10. George Burns New York 155 .279 623 105 174 24 8 5 41 63 1 37
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1916
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB
1. Ty Cobb Detroit 145 .371 542 113 201 31 10 5 68 78 2 68
2. Tris Speaker Cleveland 151 .386 546 102 211 41 8 2 79 82 4 35
3. Joe Jackson Chicago 155 .341 592 91 202 40 21 3 78 46 5 24
4. Bobby Veach Detroit 150 .306 566 92 173 33 15 3 91 52 3 24
5. Eddie Collins Chicago 155 .308 545 87 168 14 17 0 52 86 3 40
6. George Sisler St. Louis 151 .305 580 83 177 21 11 4 76 40 5 34
7. Burt Shotton St. Louis 157 .283 614 97 174 23 6 1 36 110 0 41
8. Wally Pipp New York 151 .262 545 70 143 20 14 12 93 54 2 16
9. Braggo Roth Cleveland 125 .286 409 50 117 19 7 4 72 38 2 29
10. Del Pratt St. Louis 158 .267 596 64 159 35 12 5 103 54 3 26
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1916
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Pete Alexander Philadelphia 1.55 33 12 .733 3 48 45 389 341 67 50 3 10 0
2. Dick Rudolph Boston 2.16 19 12 .613 3 41 38 312 287 75 38 5 3 1
3. Jeff Pfeffer Brooklyn 1.92 25 11 .694 1 41 36 328.2 289 70 63 6 17 0
4. Ferdie Schupp New York 0.90 9 3 .750 1 30 11 140.1 82 14 37 2 5 0
5. Eppa Rixey Philadelphia 1.85 22 10 .688 0 38 33 287 245 59 74 13 7 0
6. Rube Marquard Brooklyn 1.58 13 6 .684 5 36 21 205 175 36 38 3 0 1
7. Pat Ragan Boston 2.08 9 9 .500 0 28 23 182 152 42 47 1 0 0
8. Lefty Tyler Boston 2.02 17 9 .654 1 34 28 249.1 218 56 58 3 3 0
9. Al Mamaux Pittsburgh 2.53 21 15 .583 2 45 37 310 273 87 136 3 9 6
10. Wilbur Cooper Pittsburgh 1.87 12 11 .522 2 42 23 246 201 51 74 3 4 0
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1916
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Walter Johnson Washington 1.90 25 20 .556 1 48 38 369.2 290 78 82 9 9 0
2. Babe Ruth Boston 1.75 23 12 .657 1 44 41 323.2 230 63 118 3 8 1
3. Reb Russell Chicago 2.42 18 11 .621 3 56 25 264.1 210 71 42 5 1 0
4. Bob Shawkey New York 2.21 24 14 .632 8 53 27 276.2 216 68 81 2 6 0
5. Harry Coveleski Detroit 1.97 21 11 .656 2 44 39 324.1 296 71 63 5 11 1
6. Eddie Cicotte Chicago 1.78 15 7 .682 5 44 19 187 141 37 70 2 1 0
7. Carl Weilman St. Louis 2.15 17 18 .486 2 46 31 276 246 66 76 3 8 1
8. Red Faber Chicago 2.02 17 9 .654 1 43 26 205.1 170 46 61 0 5 1
9. Dutch Leonard Boston 2.36 18 12 .600 6 48 34 274 262 72 66 8 8 0
10. Joe Benz Chicago 2.03 9 5 .643 0 28 16 142 108 32 32 5 3 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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