1918 Leaders & Numbers

Ty Cobb turned it up as the rest of baseball slowed down in preparation to close shop early. Finishing as runner-up to the AL batting crown after hitting .226 in 1917, George Burns finally stole some limelight from the George Burns who starred for the Giants, and the George Burns who starred on Vaudeville. In a year where the ball was as dead as ever, Heinie Groh used his infamous bottle bat to emerge as the closest thing to an all-around hitting force in the NL. After a slow start, Babe Ruth had to reconcile his continued pitching excellence (and his muscular sneak preview at the plate) with the death of his father, killed in a fight with a relative. Rookie shortstop Charlie Hollocher led the NL in hits and gave the Cubs their only .300 batter. Growing into his own as a leadoff hitter and shortstop, Ray Chapman gave the Indians a big lift at the top and up the middle. Steady Cub ace Hippo Vaughn dominated the top of the pitching charts previously monopolized by war-bound teammate Pete Alexander. Walter Johnson made up for a shortened schedule by pitching into extra innings 15 times. With no other A’s pitcher winning more than eight, it’s easy to see why Connie Mack fought tooth and nail to keep 20-game winner Scott Perry. Stan Coveleski took over as the family ace, becoming part of the first brotherly duo (after Harry in 1914) in the majors to each win 20 games. After suffering a miserable 3-16 mark with a rotten Pirate team in 1917, Burleigh Grimes escaped to Brooklyn and turned his luck around 180 degrees.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1918
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB
1. Edd Roush Cincinnati 113 .333 435 61 145 18 10 5 62 22 2 24
2. George Burns New York 119 .290 465 80 135 22 6 4 51 43 3 40
3. Max Carey Pittsburgh 126 .274 468 70 128 14 6 3 48 62 4 58
4. Sherry Magee Cincinnati 115 .298 400 46 119 15 13 2 76 37 9 14
5. Heinie Groh Cincinnati 126 .320 493 85 158 28 3 1 37 54 7 11
6. Charlie Hollocher Chicago 131 .316 509 72 161 23 6 2 38 47 4 26
7. Dode Paskert Chicago 127 .286 461 69 132 24 3 3 59 53 2 20
8. George Cutshaw Pittsburgh 126 .285 463 56 132 16 10 5 68 27 1 25
9. Al Wickland Boston 95 .262 332 55 87 7 13 4 32 53 2 12
10. Fred Merkle Chicago 129 .286 482 55 143 25 5 3 65 35 4 21
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1918
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB
1. Ty Cobb Detroit 111 .382 421 83 161 19 14 3 64 41 2 34
2, Tris Speaker Cleveland 127 .318 471 73 150 33 11 0 61 64 3 27
3. George Sisler St. Louis 114 .341 452 69 154 21 9 2 41 40 5 45
4. George Burns Philadelphia 130 .352 505 61 178 22 9 6 70 23 8 8
5. Babe Ruth Boston 95 .300 317 50 95 26 11 11 66 58 2 6
6. Harry Hooper Boston 126 .289 474 81 137 26 13 1 44 75 4 24
7. Braggo Roth Cleveland 106 .283 375 53 106 21 12 1 59 53 8 36
8. Ray Chapman Cleveland 128 .267 446 84 119 19 8 1 32 84 6 35
9. Bobby Veach Detroit 127 .279 499 59 139 21 13 3 78 35 4 21
10. Frank Baker New York 126 .306 504 65 154 24 5 6 62 38 2 8
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1918
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Hippo Vaughn Chicago 1.74 22 10 .688 0 35 33 290.1 228 56 76 4 7 2
2. Lefty Tyler Chicago 2.00 19 8 .704 1 33 30 269.1 221 60 67 1 5 0
3. Wilbur Cooper Pittsburgh 2.11 19 14 .576 3 38 29 273.1 225 64 65 4 10 0
4. Burleigh Grimes Brooklyn 2.14 19 9 .679 1 40 30 269.2 219 64 76 11 4 2
5. Slim Sallee New York 2.25 8 8 .500 2 18 16 132 131 33 12 1 0 1
6. Claude Hendrix Chicago 2.78 20 7 .741 0 32 27 233 235 72 54 8 5 0
7. Pol Perritt New York 2.74 18 13 .581 0 35 31 233 227 71 38 3 1 0
8. Phil Douglas Chicago 2.13 10 9 .526 2 25 19 156.2 151 37 31 2 1 0
9. Fred Toney Cincinnati-New York 2.43 12 12 .500 3 32 28 222 212 60 38 1 2 1
10. Art Nehf Boston 2.69 15 15 .500 0 32 31 284.1 280 85 76 4 6 1
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1918
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Walter Johnson Washington 1.27 23 13 .639 3 39 29 326 247 46 70 8 8 0
2. Stan Coveleski Cleveland 1.82 22 13 .629 1 38 33 311 267 63 76 2 4 0
3. Carl Mays Boston 2.21 21 13 .618 0 35 33 293.1 236 72 81 6 11 0
4. Scott Perry Philadelphia 1.98 20 19 .513 2 44 36 332.1 298 73 111 4 2 0
5. Allen Sothoron St. Louis 1.94 12 12 .500 0 29 24 209 161 45 67 0 3 0
6. Bullet Joe Bush Boston 2.11 15 15 .500 2 36 31 272.2 250 64 91 5 3 0
7. Babe Ruth Boston 2.22 16 5 .762 0 20 19 166.1 128 41 49 3 2 1
8. George Mogridge New York 2.18 16 13 .552 7 45 19 239.1 250 58 43 1 8 1
9. Jim Bagby Cleveland 2.69 17 16 .515 6 45 31 271.1 274 81 78 2 2 0
10. Harry Harper Washington 2.18 11 10 .524 1 35 32 244 185 59 104 13 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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