1909 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 1909 Pittsburgh[lower-alpha 2] Pirates season was the 28th season for the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise, during which they won the National League pennant with a record of 110–42 and their first World Series over the Detroit Tigers. Led by shortstop Honus Wagner and outfielder-manager Fred Clarke, the Pirates scored the most runs in the majors. Wagner led the league in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and runs batted in. Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss opened the Pirates' new ballpark, named Forbes Field, on June 30, 1909.[1]

1909 Pittsburgh Pirates
1909 World Series Champion
1909 National League Champion
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Barney Dreyfuss
Manager(s)Fred Clarke
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The Pirates' 110 wins remain a team record, a record they set in the last game of the season by beating the Cincinnati Reds 7–4 in muddy conditions on October 5. It is in fact the best regular season win percentage by any World Series winning team.

Regular season

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Pittsburgh Pirates 11042 0.724 56–21 54–21
Chicago Cubs 10449 0.680 47–29 57–20
New York Giants 9261 0.601 18½ 44–33 48–28
Cincinnati Reds 7776 0.503 33½ 39–38 38–38
Philadelphia Phillies 7479 0.484 36½ 40–37 34–42
Brooklyn Superbas 5598 0.359 55½ 34–45 21–53
St. Louis Cardinals 5498 0.355 56 26–48 28–50
Boston Doves 45108 0.294 65½ 27–47 18–61

Record vs. opponents


Sources:
Team BOS BR CHC CIN NYG PHI PIT STL
Boston 11–111–215–178–14–210–121–209–13
Brooklyn 11–115–165–17–17–1511–114–1812–10–1
Chicago 21–116–516–611–11–116–69–1315–7–1
Cincinnati 17–517–5–16–169–13–19–12–17–15–112–10
New York 14–8–215–711–11–113–9–112–1011–11–116–5
Philadelphia 12–1011–116–1612–9–110–127–1516–6
Pittsburgh 20–118–413–915–7–111–11–115–718–3
St. Louis 13–910–12–17–15–110–125–166–163–18

Notable transactions

  • May 28, 1909: Ward Miller and cash were traded by the Pirates to the Cincinnati Reds for Blaine Durbin.[2]

Roster

1909 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

  • Ed Abbaticchio
  • Bill Abstein
  • Jap Barbeau
  • Bobby Byrne
  • Dots Miller
  • Alan Storke
  • Honus Wagner
Outfielders

Other batters

  • Blaine Durbin
Manager

Player stats

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
CGeorge Gibson150510135.265252
1BBill Abstein137512133.260170
2BDots Miller151560156.279387
3BJap Barbeau9135077.220025
SSHonus Wagner137495168.3395100
OFTommy Leach151587153.261643
OFFred Clarke152550158.287368
OFChief Wilson154569155.272459

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
3BBobby Byrne4616843.25607
1B, 3BAlan Storke3711830.254012
2B, SSEd Abbaticchio368720.230116
1BHam Hyatt496720.29907
OFWard Miller15568.14304
CMike Simon12183.16702
CPaddy O'Connor9165.31303
PRBlaine Durbin100----00

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Vic Willis39289.222112.2495
Howie Camnitz41283.02561.62133
Nick Maddox31203.11382.2156
Lefty Leifield32201.21982.3743

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Deacon Phillippe22131.2832.3238
Babe Adams25130.01231.1165
Sam Leever1970.0812.8323
Chick Brandom1340.2101.1121
Sam Frock836.1212.4811
Bill Powell37.1013.682

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Harry Camnitz10004.501
Charlie Wacker10000.000
Gene Moore100018.002

Awards and honors

League top five finishers

Howie Camnitz

  • #2 in NL in wins (25)
  • #4 in NL in ERA (1.62)

Fred Clarke

  • #2 in NL in runs scored (97)
  • #4 in NL in on-base percentage (.384)

Tommy Leach

  • MLB leader in runs scored (126)

Dots Miller

  • #3 in NL in RBI (87)

Honus Wagner

  • NL leader in batting average (.339)
  • NL leader in RBI (100)
  • NL leader in on-base percentage (.420)
  • NL leader in slugging percentage (.489)
  • #3 in NL in runs scored (92)

Vic Willis

  • #4 in NL in wins (22)

1909 World Series

The 1909 Pirates in a poster celebrating their National League pennant. Frank Chance of the Chicago Cubs and John McGraw of the New York Giants, two teams the Pirates beat for the pennant, are being made to walk the plank.

In the World Series, Pittsburgh faced the American League champion Detroit Tigers, led by triple crown winner Ty Cobb. The matchup was largely billed as one between the major leagues' two superstars. Wagner thoroughly outplayed Cobb, and rookie Babe Adams won all three of his starts, as the Pirates won in seven games.

Game 1

October 8, 1909, at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit (AL) 100 000 000 164
Pittsburgh (NL) 000 121 00X 450
W: Babe Adams (1–0)  L: George Mullin (0–1)
HR: PIT – Fred Clarke (1)

Game 2

October 9, 1909, at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit (AL) 023 020 000 792
Pittsburgh (NL) 200 000 000 251
W: Bill Donovan (1–0)  L: Howie Camnitz (0–1)

Game 3

October 11, 1909, at Bennett Park in Detroit, Michigan

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh (NL) 510 000 002 8102
Detroit (AL) 000 000 402 6115
W: Nick Maddox (1–0)  L: Ed Summers (0–1)

Game 4

October 12, 1909, at Bennett Park in Detroit, Michigan

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh (NL) 000 000 000 056
Detroit (AL) 020 300 00X 580
W: George Mullin (1–1)  L: Lefty Leifield (0–1)

Game 5

October 13, 1909, at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit (AL) 100 002 010 461
Pittsburgh (NL) 111 000 41X 8102
W: Babe Adams (2–0)  L: Ed Summers (0–2)
HR: DET – Davy Jones (1), Sam Crawford (1)  PITFred Clarke (2)

Game 6

October 14, 1909, at Bennett Park in Detroit, Michigan

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh (NL) 300 000 001 481
Detroit (AL) 100 211 00X 5102
W: George Mullin (2–1)  L: Vic Willis (0–1)

Game 7

October 16, 1909, at Bennett Park in Detroit, Michigan

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh (NL) 020 203 010 870
Detroit (AL) 000 000 000 063
W: Babe Adams (3–0)  L: Bill Donovan (1–1)

Notes

  1. From 1882–1906, the team played in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became annexed by Pittsburgh as the North Side in 1907.
  2. In the early 20th century and earlier, the name of Pittsburgh was spelled both with and without the final 'h'.

References

  1. Crazy '08: How a cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads and Magnates created the Greatest Year in Baseball History, p. 105, by Cait Murphy, Smithsonian Books, a Division of Harper Collins, 2007, ISBN 978-0-06-088937-1
  2. Ward Miller page at Baseball Reference
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