1897 Washington Senators
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Owner(s)J. Earl Wagner
Manager(s)Gus Schmelz, Tom Brown
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The 1897 Washington Senators baseball team finished the season with a 61–71 record, tied for sixth place in the National League. The Senators (also known as the Nationals) finished in the first division in the only time in the franchise's nine-year run in the National League. After getting off to a dismal 31–55 start, Washington won 30 of its last 46 games. Their overall winning percentage (.462) would be the high-water mark for this franchise before it folded in contraction at the conclusion of the 1899 season.

Regular season

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


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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


Opening Day lineup

Roster

1897 Washington Senators
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 Deacon McGuire 93 327 112 .343 4 53
1B Tommy Tucker 93 352 119 .338 5 61
2B John O'Brien 86 320 78 .244 3 45
SS Gene DeMontreville 133 566 193 .341 3 93
3B Charlie Reilly 101 351 97 .276 2 60
OF Kip Selbach 124 486 152 .313 5 59
OF Tom Brown 116 469 137 .292 5 45
OF Charlie Abbey 80 300 78 .260 3 34

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
Zeke Wrigley 104 388 110 .284 3 64
Duke Farrell 78 261 84 .322 0 53
Jake Gettman 36 143 45 .315 3 29
Ed Cartwright 33 124 29 .234 0 15
Tom Leahy 19 52 20 .385 0 7
Effie Norton 7 18 5 .278 0 2
Bill Fox 4 14 4 .286 0 0
Billy Lush 3 12 0 .000 0 0

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
Win Mercer 47 342.0 21 20 3.18 91
Doc McJames 44 323.2 15 23 3.61 156
Cy Swaim 26 184.0 9 11 4.60 52
Silver King 23 154.0 6 9 4.79 32
Roger Bresnahan 6 41.0 4 0 3.95 12
Al Maul 1 2.0 0 1 9.00 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
Les German 15 83.2 3 5 5.59 2
Effie Norton 4 17.0 2 1 6.88 3

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
Joe Stanley 1 0 0 0 0.00 0

References