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1912 Boston Red Sox season

The 1912 Boston Red Sox season involved the Red Sox finishing 1st in the American League with a record of 105 wins and 47 losses. Behind center fielder Tris Speaker and pitcher Smoky Joe Wood, they led the league in runs scored and fewest runs allowed. Speaker was third in batting and was voted league MVP. Wood won 34 games, including a record 16 in a row.

They defeated the New York Giants in 8 games in the 1912 World Series. One of the deciding plays was a muffed fly ball by Giants outfielder Fred Snodgrass (known as the $30,000 muff, the 30,000 referring to the prize money for the winner).[1]

The pitching staff was good, but there were no stars besides Wood. The starting lineup featured no stars other than Speaker. Little-known third baseman Larry Gardner was the next best hitter. Future Hall of Famer Harry Hooper had a poor offensive season.

Regular season

Fenway Park opened on April 20, the same day as Navin Field in Detroit.[2] It was supposed to be opened on April 18 (like Navin Field) but it rained in both cities on that day.[3]

On April 26, Hugh Bradley became the first player to hit a home run over the Green Monster at Fenway Park.[4] It was his only home run of the 1912 season, and one of only two he hit in his career, which spanned five seasons.[5]

Season standings

Opening Day lineup

Harry Hooper RF
Steve Yerkes 2B
Tris Speaker CF
Jake Stahl 1B
Larry Gardner 3B
Duffy Lewis LF
Heinie Wagner SS
Les Nunamaker C
Buck O'Brien P


1912 Boston Red Sox
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders 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
3B Gardner, LarryLarry Gardner 143 517 163 .315 3 86
OF Speaker, TrisTris Speaker 153 580 222 .383 10 90
OF Hooper, HarryHarry Hooper 147 590 143 .242 2 53

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
Bradley, HughHugh Bradley 40 137 26 .190 1 19


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
Wood, Smoky JoeSmoky Joe Wood 43 344 34 5 1.91 10
Bedient, HughHugh Bedient 41 231 20 9 2.92 122

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
Cicotte, EddieEddie Cicotte 9 46 1 3 5.67 20

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
Bushelman, JackJack Bushelman 3 1 0 0 4.70 5

Awards and honors

League top five finishers

Duffy Lewis

  • #2 in AL in RBI (109)

Tris Speaker

  • MLB leader in on-base percentage (.464)
  • AL leader in home runs (10)
  • #2 in AL in runs scored (136)
  • #3 in AL in batting average (.383)
  • #3 in AL in slugging percentage (.567)
  • #4 in AL in stolen bases (52)

Smoky Joe Wood

  • MLB leader in wins (34)
  • MLB leader in shutouts (10)
  • #2 in AL in ERA (1.91)
  • #2 in AL in strikeouts (258)

World series

Main article: 1912 World Series

AL Boston Red Sox (4) vs. NL New York Giants (3)

Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Red Sox - 4, Giants - 3, October 8 Polo Grounds 35,730
2 Giants - 6, Red Sox - 6 October 9 Fenway Park 30,148
3 Giants - 2, Red Sox - 1 October 10 Fenway Park 34,624
4 Red Sox - 3, Giants - 1 October 11 Polo Grounds 36,502
5 Giants - 1, Red Sox - 2 October 12 Fenway Park 34,683
6 Red Sox - 2, Giants - 5 October 14 Polo Grounds 30,622
7 Giants - 11, Red Sox - 4 October 15 Fenway Park 32,694
8 Giants - 2, Red Sox - 3 October 16 Fenway Park 17,034


External links

  • 1912 Boston Red Sox team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1912 Boston Red Sox season at
Preceded by
Philadelphia Athletics
American League Champions
Boston Red Sox

Succeeded by
Philadelphia Athletics

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