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1906 Chicago Cubs season

 

1906 Chicago Cubs season

The 1906 Chicago Cubs season was a season in American baseball. The team won the National League pennant with a record of 116-36, a full 20 games ahead of the second-place New York Giants. The team's 116 wins is still the most by any team in National League history. The team's .763 winning percentage is still the highest in modern MLB history (i.e., since 1901).

In a huge upset, the Cubs were beaten by the Chicago White Sox in the 1906 World Series. Despite this, the club is still considered one of the greatest baseball teams of all-time.

Regular season

Led by new manager Frank Chance, the Cubs dominated the NL. They led the league in both runs scored and fewest runs allowed by large margins. Their record of 116 wins has never been beaten, although it was tied by the 2001 Seattle Mariners (who played a longer 162-game season).

The team included four future Hall of Famers: manager and first baseman Chance, second baseman Johnny Evers, shortstop Joe Tinker, and pitcher Mordecai Brown. Brown finished second in the NL in wins to Joe McGinnity, but his 1.04 ERA set a major league record. Although the record was broken by Dutch Leonard in 1914, Brown's mark still stands as the National League record.

The pitching staff led the majors with a team earned run average of 1.76. Six members of the pitching staff had double digit victories – Mordecai Brown (26), Jack Pfiester (20), Ed Reulbach (19), Carl Lundgren (17), Orval Overall (12), and Jack Taylor (12). In addition, Mordecai Brown set a major league record with the lowest earned run average attained with at least 250 innings pitched (1.04).[1] The offensive star was third baseman Harry Steinfeldt, who led the NL in both hits and RBI.

The team's .763 winning percentage also set a modern-era record, and was the best overall since 1885. However, it set neither a National League record nor even a franchise record, as the 19th-century White Stockings finished with better records on three occasions (1876, 1880, and 1885). The all-time major league record belongs to the 1884 St. Louis Maroons of the Union Association at .832.

On August 9, Jack Taylor threw the last of a major league record 187 consecutive complete games that he pitched[2] (not counting appearances as a relief pitcher), a streak that began in 1901 when Taylor was pitching for the Chicago Orphans. Taylor had been re-acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals on July 1, having been traded to the Cards after the 1903 season.[3]

Season standings


Roster

1906 Chicago Cubs
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Player stats

Batting

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
C Kling, JohnnyJohnny Kling 107 343 107 .312 2 46
1B Chance, FrankFrank Chance 136 474 151 .319 3 71
2B Evers, JohnnyJohnny Evers 154 533 136 .255 1 51
SS Tinker, JoeJoe Tinker 148 523 122 .233 1 64
3B Steinfeldt, HarryHarry Steinfeldt 151 539 176 .327 3 83
OF Sheckard, JimmyJimmy Sheckard 149 549 144 .262 1 45
OF Schulte, FrankFrank Schulte 146 563 158 .281 7 60
OF Slagle, JimmyJimmy Slagle 127 498 119 .239 0 33

Other batters

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

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Pitching

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
Brown, MordecaiMordecai Brown 36 277.1 26 6 1.04 144
Pfiester, JackJack Pfiester 31 250.2 20 8 1.51 153
Reulbach, EdEd Reulbach 33 218 19 4 1.65 94
Lundgren, CarlCarl Lundgren 27 207.2 17 6 2.21 103
Taylor, JackJack Taylor 17 147.1 12 3 1.83 34
Overall, OrvalOrval Overall 18 144 12 3 1.88 94
Wicker, BobBob Wicker 10 72.1 3 5 2.99 25
Harper, JackJack Harper 1 1 0 0 0.00 0

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
Beebe, FredFred Beebe 14 70 6 1 2.70 55

1906 World Series

Main article: 1906 World Series

AL Chicago White Sox (4) vs NL Chicago Cubs (2)

Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 White Sox - 2, Cubs - 1 October 9 West Side Park 12,693
2 Cubs - 7, White Sox - 1 October 10 South Side Park 12,595
3 White Sox - 3, Cubs - 0 October 11 West Side Park 13,667
4 Cubs - 1, White Sox - 0 October 12 South Side Park 18,385
5 White Sox - 8, Cubs - 6 October 13 West Side Park 23,257
6 Cubs - 3, White Sox - 8 October 14 South Side Park 19,249

Awards and honors

  • Highest team winning percentage in one season in the modern era (.763) [1]
  • Chicago Cubs pitching staff led the majors with a team earned run average of 1.76.
  • Mordecai Brown, major league record, lowest earned run average with at least 250 innings pitched (1.04)

References

  • 1906 Chicago Cubs season at Baseball Reference
Preceded by
New York Giants
1905
National League Championship Season
1906
Succeeded by
Chicago Cubs
1907
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