1919 Leaders & Numbers

Babe Ruth gave the Red Sox a fleeting taste of what they were going to miss over the next 15 years. While Ruth jarred the AL out of slugging hibernation, the NL snored on; Hy Myers’ 73 RBIs and .436 slugging percentage were the lowest ever by a modern-day NL leader. George Burns used more than his bat to rankle pitchers, leading the NL in walks and steals. Ty Cobb won the last of his 12 batting crowns, but his best years were hardly behind him. Edd Roush’s .321 average may have been the NL’s best, but it was his personal worst between 1917-26. The Giants beat the Yankees and Red Sox to the punch in initiating a one-sided Boston-to-New York pipeline, as former Brave pitcher and 25-game winner Jesse Barnes proved. Babe Adams, all but forgotten after a two-year absence, marveled anew at age 37—and for the first of three straight years would be the NL’s toughest pitcher to reach base against. Fixing the World Series notwithstanding, Eddie Cicotte’s emotions were yo-yoing enough, leading the AL in wins one year (1917), in losses the next (1918) and in wins again during 1919. Hod Eller’s career peaked because the rules made him; the shineballer would not be given the same “grandfather” leniency as spitball artists starting in 1920. Though low by his standards, Walter Johnson’s 147 strikeouts were still enough to lead the AL for a record eighth straight season.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1919
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB
1. George Burns New York 139 .303 534 86 162 30 9 2 46 82 0 40
2. Edd Roush Cincinnati 133 .321 504 73 162 19 12 4 71 42 6 20
3. Heinie Groh Cincinnati 122 .310 448 79 139 17 11 5 63 56 4 21
4. Rogers Hornsby St. Louis 138 .318 512 68 163 15 9 8 71 48 7 17
5. Ross Youngs New York 130 .311 489 73 152 31 7 2 43 51 7 24
6. Benny Kauff New York 135 .277 491 73 136 27 7 10 67 39 3 21
7. Hi Myers Brooklyn 133 .307 512 62 157 23 14 5 73 23 2 13
8. Zack Wheat Brooklyn 137 .297 536 70 159 23 11 5 62 33 6 15
9. Larry Doyle New York 113 .289 381 61 110 14 10 7 52 31 5 12
10. Irish Meusel Philadelphia 135 .305 521 65 159 26 7 5 59 15 2 24
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1919
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB
1. Babe Ruth Boston 130 .322 432 103 139 34 12 29 114 101 6 7
2. Bobby Veach Detroit 139 .355 538 87 191 45 17 3 101 33 5 19
3. George Sisler St. Louis 132 .352 511 96 180 31 15 10 83 27 5 28
4. Ty Cobb Detroit 124 .384 497 92 191 36 13 1 70 38 1 28
5. Joe Jackson Chicago 139 .351 516 79 181 31 14 7 96 60 4 9
6. Eddie Collins Chicago 140 .319 518 87 165 19 7 4 80 68 2 33
7. Harry Heilmann Detroit 140 .320 537 74 172 30 15 8 93 37 2 7
8. Tris Speaker Cleveland 134 .296 494 83 146 38 12 2 63 73 8 19
9. Sam Rice Washington 141 .321 557 80 179 23 9 3 71 42 7 26
10. Happy Felsch Chicago 135 .275 502 68 138 34 11 7 86 40 6 19
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1919
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Babe Adams Pittsburgh 1.98 17 10 .630 1 34 29 263.1 216 58 23 2 3 0
2. Hippo Vaughn Chicago 1.79 21 14 .600 1 38 37 306.2 273 61 62 5 6 0
3. Pete Alexander Chicago 1.72 16 11 .593 1 30 27 235 189 45 38 1 0 0
4. Slim Sallee Cincinnati 2.06 21 7 .750 0 29 28 227.2 233 52 20 0 1 0
5. Jesse Barnes New York 2.40 25 9 .735 1 38 34 295.2 287 79 35 2 2 0
6. Phil Douglas Cincinnati-New York 2.03 12 10 .545 0 33 25 213 186 48 40 3 3 1
7. Dutch Reuther Cincinnati 1.82 19 6 .760 0 33 29 242.2 198 49 83 5 7 0
8. Wilbur Cooper Pittsburgh 2.67 19 13 .594 1 35 32 286.2 259 85 74 5 15 0
9. Hal Carlson Pittsburgh 2.23 8 10 .444 0 22 14 141 114 35 39 1 2 0
10. Hod Eller Cincinnati 2.39 19 9 .679 2 38 30 248.1 237 66 50 0 4 1
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1919
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Eddie Cicotte Chicago 1.82 29 7 .806 1 40 35 306.2 271 62 49 1 2 0
2. Walter Johnson Washington 1.49 20 14 .588 2 39 29 290.1 235 48 51 4 7 1
3. Lefty Williams Chicago 2.64 23 11 .676 1 41 40 297 286 87 58 0 11 0
4. Stan Coveleski Cleveland 2.61 24 12 .667 4 43 34 286 292 83 60 5 5 0
5. Carl Mays Boston-New York 2.10 14 14 .500 2 34 29 266 242 62 77 4 10 0
6. Bob Shawkey New York 2.72 20 11 .645 5 41 27 261.1 239 79 92 1 5 0
7. Carl Weilman St. Louis 2.07 10 6 .625 0 20 20 148 142 34 45 2 3 0
8. Jim Shaw Washington 2.73 17 17 .500 5 45 37 306.2 289 93 101 10 5 0
9. Allen Sothoron St. Louis 2.20 20 13 .606 3 40 30 270 268 66 87 8 10 2
10. Jack Quinn New York 2.61 15 14 .517 0 38 31 266 266 77 65 5 6 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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