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1905 Philadelphia Athletics season

 

1905 Philadelphia Athletics season

The 1905 Philadelphia Athletics season was a season in American baseball. The team finished first in the American League with a record of 92 wins and 56 losses, winning their first pennant. They went on to face the New York Giants in the 1905 World Series, losing 4 games to 1.

The pitching staff featured three future Hall of Famers: Rube Waddell, Eddie Plank, and Chief Bender. Waddell easily won the pitching triple crown in 1905, with 27 wins, 287 strikeouts, and a 1.48 earned run average.

Regular season

The A's offense scored the most runs in the league. Slugger Harry Davis led all players in home runs, runs scored, and runs batted in.

Season standings


Birth of the Elephant mascot

After New York Giants' manager John McGraw told reporters that Philadelphia manufacturer Ben Shibe, who owned the controlling interest in the Athletics, had a "white elephant on his hands," manager Connie Mack defiantly adopted the white elephant as the team mascot, and presented McGraw with a stuffed toy elephant at the start of the 1905 World Series. McGraw and Mack had known each other for years, and McGraw accepted it graciously.

Roster

1905 Philadelphia Athletics
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders 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 Schreckengost, OsseeOssee Schreckengost 123 420 114 .271 0 45
1B Davis, HarryHarry Davis 150 607 173 .285 8 83
2B Murphy, DannyDanny Murphy 151 537 149 .277 6 71
3B Cross, LaveLave Cross 147 587 156 .266 0 77
SS Knight, JohnJohn Knight 88 325 66 .203 3 29
LF Hartsel, TopsyTopsy Hartsel 150 538 148 .275 0 28
CF Hoffman, DannyDanny Hoffman 120 459 120 .261 1 35
RF Seybold, SocksSocks Seybold 133 492 135 .274 6 59

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
Cross, MonteMonte Cross 79 252 67 .266 0 24
Lord, BrisBris Lord 66 238 57 .239 0 13
Powers, DocDoc Powers 40 121 18 .149 0 10
Barton, HarryHarry Barton 29 60 10 .167 0 3

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
Plank, EddieEddie Plank 41 346.2 24 12 2.26 210
Waddell, RubeRube Waddell 46 328.2 27 10 1.48 287
Coakley, AndyAndy Coakley 35 255 18 8 1.84 145
Henley, WeldonWeldon Henley 25 183.2 4 11 2.60 82
Myers, JosephJoseph Myers 1 5 0 0 3.60 5

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
Bender, ChiefChief Bender 35 229 18 11 2.83 142
Dygert, JimmyJimmy Dygert 6 35.1 1 4 4.33 24

1905 World Series

Main article: 1905 World Series

NL New York Giants (4) vs AL Philadelphia Athletics (1)

Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Giants - 3, Athletics - 0 October 9 Columbia Park 17,995
2 Athletics - 3, Giants - 0 October 10 Polo Grounds 24,992
3 Giants - 9, Athletics - 0 October 12 Columbia Park 10,991
4 Athletics - 0, Giants - 1 October 13 Polo Grounds 13,598
5 Athletics - 0, Giants - 2 October 14 Polo Grounds 24,187

Awards and honors

American League top five finishers

Andy Coakley

  • #4 earned run average (1.84)

Lave Cross

  • #2 runs batted in (77)

Harry Davis

  • #1 runs batted in (83)
  • #1 home runs (8)
  • #1 runs scored (93)
  • #4 slugging percentage (.422)

Topsy Hartsel

  • #1 on-base percentage (.409)
  • #4 runs scored (88)
  • #4 stolen bases (37)

Danny Hoffman

  • #1 in stolen bases (46)

Eddie Plank

  • #2 wins (24)
  • #2 strikeouts (210)

Rube Waddell

  • #1 wins (27)
  • #1 earned run average (1.48)
  • #1 strikeouts (287)
  • #2 shutouts (7)

Notes

References

  • 1905 Philadelphia Athletics team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1905 Philadelphia Athletics team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
Preceded by
Boston Americans
1904
American League Champions
Philadelphia Athletics

1905
Succeeded by
Chicago White Sox
1906


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