1897 Boston Beaneaters
1897 National League Championship
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record93–39 (.705)
League place1st
Other information
Owner(s)Arthur Soden
Manager(s)Frank Selee
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The 1897 Boston Beaneaters season was the 27th season of the franchise. The Beaneaters won the National League pennant, their fourth of the decade and their seventh overall. After the season, the Beaneaters played in the Temple Cup for the first time. They lost the series to the second-place Baltimore Orioles, 4 games to 1.

Regular season

1897 Boston Beaneaters
1897 Boston Beaneaters

This team has been cited (along with the 1880s St. Louis Browns and the 1890s Baltimore Orioles) as one of the greatest of the 19th century.[citation needed] It featured five Hall of Famers: manager Frank Selee, pitcher Kid Nichols, third baseman Jimmy Collins, and outfielders Billy Hamilton and Hugh Duffy.

In just 132 games, the Beaneaters scored 1025 runs to lead the league (Hamilton had 152 of them to win individual honors). They also allowed the fewest, on the way to a .705 winning percentage. Nichols was one of the premier pitchers in the league, leading the NL with 31 wins. His 2.64 ERA ranked second.

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Beaneaters 93 39 0.705 54–12 39–27
Baltimore Orioles 90 40 0.692 2 51–15 39–25
New York Giants 83 48 0.634 51–19 32–29
Cincinnati Reds 76 56 0.576 17 49–18 27–38
Cleveland Spiders 69 62 0.527 23½ 49–16 20–46
Washington Senators 61 71 0.462 32 40–26 21–45
Brooklyn Bridegrooms 61 71 0.462 32 38–29 23–42
Pittsburgh Pirates 60 71 0.458 32½ 38–27 22–44
Chicago Colts 59 73 0.447 34 36–30 23–43
Philadelphia Phillies 55 77 0.417 38 32–34 23–43
Louisville Colonels 52 78 0.400 40 34–31 18–47
St. Louis Browns 29 102 0.221 63½ 18–41 11–61

Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team BAL BOS BR CHI CIN CLE LOU NYG PHI PIT STL WSH
Baltimore 6–6 9–3–2 9–3–3 6–6 7–4 10–1 5–7 10–2–1 9–3 10–2 9–3
Boston 6–6 9–3 8–4–1 9–3 7–5 9–3 8–4 10–2–1 10–2 10–2 7–5–1
Brooklyn 3–9–2 3–9 6–6 7–5 7–5 5–7 3–9–2 6–6 7–5 7–5 7–5
Chicago 3–9–3 4–8–1 6–6 5–7 4–8 6–6–1 5–7–1 5–7 6–6 8–4 7–5
Cincinnati 6–6 3–9 5–7 7–5 7–5 9–3 7–5–1 8–4 5–7–1 11–1 8–4
Cleveland 4–7 5–7 5–7 8–4 5–7 5–7 3–9 9–3 6–6 11–1–1 8–4
Louisville 1–10 3–9 7–5 6–6–1 3–9 7–5 6–6–1 3–9 4–8–2 8–3–1 4–8–1
New York 7–5 4–8 9–3–2 7–5–1 5–7–1 9–3 6–6–1 7–5 8–3–1 12–0 9–3–1
Philadelphia 2–10–1 2–10–1 6–6 7–5 4–8 3–9 9–3 5–7 5–7 8–4 4–8
Pittsburgh 3–9 2–10 5–7 6–6 7–5–1 6–6 8–4–2 3–8–1 7–5 8–4 5–7
St. Louis 2–10 2–10 5–7 4–8 1–11 1–11–1 3–8–1 0–12 4–8 4–8 3–9
Washington 3–9 5–7–1 5–7 5–7 4–8 4–8 8–4–1 3–9–1 8–4 7–5 9–3


Roster

1897 Boston Beaneaters
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 Marty Bergen 87 327 81 .248 2 45
1B Fred Tenney 132 566 180 .318 1 85
2B Bobby Lowe 123 499 154 .309 5 106
3B Jimmy Collins 134 529 183 .346 6 132
SS Herman Long 107 450 145 .322 3 69
OF Hugh Duffy 134 550 187 .340 11 129
OF Billy Hamilton 127 507 174 .343 3 61
OF Chick Stahl 114 469 166 .354 4 97

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
Jack Stivetts 61 199 73 .367 2 37
Bob Allen 34 119 38 .319 1 24
Charlie Ganzel 30 105 28 .267 0 14
George Yeager 30 95 23 .242 2 15
Fred Lake 19 62 15 .242 0 5
Tommy Tucker 4 14 3 .214 0 4
Mike Mahoney 2 2 1 .500 0 1

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
Kid Nichols 46 368.0 31 11 2.64 127
Fred Klobedanz 38 309.1 26 7 4.60 92
Ted Lewis 38 290.0 21 12 3.85 65
Jack Stivetts 18 129.1 11 4 3.41 27

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
Jim Sullivan 13 89.0 4 5 3.94 17

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
Charlie Hickman 2 0 0 1 5.87 0
Mike Mahoney 1 0 0 0 18.00 1

Awards and honors

League top ten finishers

Jimmy Collins

Hugh Duffy

Sliding Billy Hamilton

Fred Klobedanz

Kid Nichols

References