1901 Detroit Tigers
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Owner(s)James D. Burns
Manager(s)George Stallings
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The 1901 Detroit Tigers season was the Tigers' first in Major League Baseball. The team was a charter member of the American League, which was originally formed as the minor-league Western League, of which it had also been a charter member. The Tigers finished in third place with a record or 74–61, eight-and-a-half games behind the Chicago White Stockings. Most of Detroit's home games were played at Bennett Park, with Sunday games played at Burns Park due to Detroit's blue laws.

Roscoe Miller (23–13) led the team in wins and was the Tigers' first 20-game winner. His performance headlined a strong pitching staff that had the third lowest ERA (3.30) in the American League. Joe Yeager had an ERA of 2.61, for the second best Adjusted ERA+ in the AL, behind Cy Young. The offense was not as strong however, scoring 741 runs – fifth among the eight teams in the league. The team's best hitters were shortstop Kid Elberfeld (.308 average) and center fielder Jimmy Barrett (.293 average; 110 runs).

Home field

The Tigers had played their games at Bennett Park since 1896, but the graduation to a major league meant that there would now be games scheduled on Sundays, which was forbidden by Detroit's blue laws. In order to avoid running afoul of this stricture, owner James D. Burns built a ballpark on his own property in Springwells Township, Michigan just outside the Detroit city limits.[1] Named Burns Park, the Tigers would play their Sunday home games there for the 1901 and 1902 seasons.

1901 season

Pre-season

The following were key dates in the pre-season leading up to the Tigers' inaugural season:

Pop Dillon with the Detroit Tigers, pictured here in 1903.
Pop Dillon with the Detroit Tigers, pictured here in 1903.

Regular season highlights

The following were key dates in the regular season of the Tigers' inaugural season:

Attendance

During the 1901 season, Detroit attracted 259,430 fans at home and 238,100 on the road, for a total of 447,428. Detroit ranked third behind Chicago and Boston in overall attendance.[13]

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago White Stockings 83 53 0.610 49–21 34–32
Boston Americans 79 57 0.581 4 49–20 30–37
Detroit Tigers 74 61 0.548 42–27 32–34
Philadelphia Athletics 74 62 0.544 9 42–24 32–38
Baltimore Orioles 68 65 0.511 13½ 40–25 28–40
Washington Senators 61 72 0.459 20½ 31–35 30–37
Cleveland Bluebirds 54 82 0.397 29 28–39 26–43
Milwaukee Brewers 48 89 0.350 35½ 32–37 16–52

Record vs. opponents

1901 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET MIL PHI WSH
Baltimore 9–9 4–14–1 11–9 9–10 12–7–1 12–8 11–8
Boston 9–9 12–8 12–6 9–11–1 15–5 10–10 12–8–1
Chicago 14–4–1 8–12 13–7 10–10 16–4 12–8 10–8
Cleveland 9–11 6–12 7–13 6–14 11–9 6–14 9–9–2
Detroit 10–9 11–9–1 10–10 14–6 13–7 7–9 9–11
Milwaukee 7–12–1 5–15 4–16 9–11 7–13 6–14 10–8–1
Philadelphia 8–12 10–10 8–12 14–6 9–7 14–6 11–9–1
Washington 8–11 8–12–1 8–10 9–9–2 11–9 8–10–1 9–11–1

Game log

1901 Game Log
April
# Date Opponent Score Record
1 April 25 Brewers 14–13 1–0
2 April 26 Brewers 6–5 2–0
3 April 27 Brewers 13–9 3–0
4 April 28 Brewers 12–11 4–0
5 April 29 @White Stockings 3–2 5–0
6 April 30 @White Stockings 2–4 5–1
May
# Date Opponent Score Record
7 May 1 @White Stockings 9–19 5–2
8 May 2 @White Stockings 7–5 6–2
9 May 3 Blues 6–3 7–2
10 May 4 Blues 4–11 7–3
11 May 5 Blues 10–3 8–3
12 May 6 Blues 5–4 9–3
13 May 7 @Brewers 9–2 10–3
14 May 9 @Brewers 6–7 10–4
15 May 10 @Brewers 7–6 11–4
16 May 11 White Stockings 9–4 12–4
17 May 12 White Stockings 7–5 13–4
18 May 13 White Stockings 8–7 14–4
19 May 14 White Stockings 2–6 14–5
20 May 16 @Blues 5–2 15–5
21 May 17 @Blues 6–4 16–5
22 May 18 @Blues 7–9 16–6
23 May 19 Blues 2–11 16–7
24 May 20 @Blues 13–1 17–7
25 May 22 Americans 5–9 17–8
26 May 23 Americans 2–4 17–9
27 May 24 Americans 3–0 18–9
28 May 25 Senators 5–6 18–10
29 May 27 Senators 4–8 18–11
30 May 30 Orioles 7–10 18–12
31 May 30 Orioles 4–1 19–12
32 May 31 Orioles *5 – 5 20–12
June
# Date Opponent Score Record
33 June 1 Orioles 1–3 20–13
34 June 2 @Athletics 8–11 20–14
35 June 3 @Athletics 1–2 20–15
36 June 4 @Athletics 9–1 21–15
37 June 5 @Athletics 3–2 22–15
38 June 8 @Athletics 1–6 22–16
39 June 10 @Athletics 5–4 23–16
40 June 11 @Athletics 4–1 24–16
41 June 12 @Americans 2–4 24–17
42 June 13 @Americans 11–6 25–17
43 June 14 @Americans 7–16 25–18
44 June 15 @Americans 4–12 25–19
45 June 17 @Senators 9–2 26–19
46 June 18 @Senators 10–6 27–19
47 June 19 @Senators 2–7 27–20
48 June 20 @Senators 7–8 27–21
49 June 21 @Orioles 3–4 27–22
50 June 22 @Orioles 3–10 27–23
51 June 24 @Orioles 8–17 27–24
52 June 25 @Orioles 2–4 27–25
53 June 27 Brewers 4–3 28–25
54 June 28 Brewers 4–0 29–25
55 June 29 Brewers 5–0 30–25
56 June 30 @White Stockings 2–4 30–26
July
# Date Opponent Score Record
57 July 2 @White Stockings 2–3 30–27
58 July 3 @Brewers 7–5 31–27
59 July 4 @Brewers 5–1 32–27
60 July 4 @Brewers 7–8 32–28
61 July 5 White Stockings 4–8 32–29
62 July 6 White Stockings 6–5 33–29
63 July 7 White Stockings 8–3 34–29
64 July 9 @Blues 11–3 35–29
65 July 10 @Blues 7–4 36–29
66 July 11 @Blues 1–6 36–30
67 July 12 Blues 2–5 36–31
68 July 13 Blues 19–12 37–31
69 July 14 Blues 5–0 38–31
70 July 16 Senators 5–8 38–32
71 July 17 Senators 4–3 39–32
72 July 18 Senators 6–8 39–33
73 July 19 Senators 7–3 40–33
74 July 20 Americans 8–6 41–33
75 July 21 Americans 3–4 41–34
76 July 22 Americans 6–5 42–34
77 July 24 Athletics 5–12 42–35
78 July 25 Athletics 4–3 43–35
79 July 27 Orioles 1–0 44–35
80 July 28 Orioles 6–4 45–35
81 July 29 Orioles 5–10 45–36
82 July 31 @White Stockings 0–2 45–37
August
# Date Opponent Score Record
83 August 1 @White Stockings 0–4 45–38
84 August 2 @White Stockings 0–7 45–39
85 August 3 @White Stockings 8–6 46–39
86 August 4 @Brewers 3–4 46–40
87 August 4 @Brewers 4–11 46–41
88 August 5 @Brewers 4–19 46–42
89 August 6 @Brewers 8–4 47–42
90 August 7 White Stockings 9–3 48–42
91 August 8 White Stockings 8–18 48–43
92 August 9 White Stockings 12–1 49–43
93 August 10 Brewers 3–4 49–44
94 August 11 Brewers 16–5 50–44
95 August 12 Brewers 4–6 50–45
96 August 16 @Senators 5–1 51–45
97 August 17 @Senators 1–5 51–46
98 August 17 @Senators 2–0 52–46
99 August 19 @Orioles 3–4 52–47
100 August 20 @Orioles 5–2 53–47
101 August 21 @Orioles *0 – 0 54–47
102 August 22 @Athletics 0–1 54–48
103 August 23 @Athletics 2–7 54–49
104 August 26 @Americans 6–3 55–49
105 August 27 @Americans 1–2 55–50
106 August 28 @Americans 4–2 56–50
107 August 29 Americans 5–3 57–50
108 August 30 Americans 4–5 57–51
109 August 31 Americans 6–5 58–51
110 August 31 Americans 4–4 58–51
September
# Date Opponent Score Record
111 September 1 Senators 4–9 58–52
112 September 2 Senators 5–2 59–52
113 September 2 Senators 7–4 60–52
114 September 3 Senators 2–4 60–53
115 September 4 Athletics 9–1 61–53
116 September 5 Athletics 9–11 61–54
117 September 5 Athletics 2–9 61–55
118 September 6 Athletics 8–3 62–55
119 September 7 Orioles 9–2 63–55
120 September 8 Orioles 8–5 64–55
121 September 9 Orioles 8–4 65–55
122 September 12 @Blues 5–4 66–55
123 September 12 @Blues 4–3 67–55
124 September 13 @Blues 7–0 68–55
125 September 14 Blues 3–5 68–56
126 September 15 Blues 21–0 69–56
127 September 17 @Athletics 1–4 69–57
128 September 20 @Americans 2–5 69–58
129 September 21 @Americans 3–1 70–58
130 September 22 @Americans 5–4 71–58
131 September 23 @Americans 9–2 72–58
132 September 24 @Senators 1–4 72–59
133 September 25 @Senators 2–3 72–60
134 September 26 @Senators 5–3 73–60
135 September 27 @Orioles 4–6 73–61
136 September 28 @Orioles 5–2 74–61

Roster

1901 Detroit Tigers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Player stats

= Indicates team leader

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 Fritz Buelow 70 231 52 .225 2 29
1B Pop Dillon 74 281 81 .288 1 42
2B Kid Gleason 135 547 150 .274 3 75
3B Doc Casey 128 540 153 .283 2 46
SS Kid Elberfeld 121 432 133 .308 3 76
OF Jimmy Barrett 135 542 159 .293 4 65
OF Kid Nance 132 461 129 .280 3 66
OF Ducky Holmes 131 537 158 .294 4 62

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
Sport McAllister 90 306 92 .301 3 57
Al Shaw 55 171 46 .269 1 23
Davey Crockett 28 102 29 .284 0 14
Harry Lochhead 1 4 2 .500 0 0

Note: pitchers' batting statistics not included

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
Roscoe Miller 38 332 23 13 2.95 79
Ed Siever 38 288.2 18 15 3.24 85
Jack Cronin 30 219.2 13 15 3.89 62
Joe Yeager 26 199.2 12 11 2.61 38

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
Emil Frisk 11 74.2 5 4 4.34 22
Frank Owen 8 56 1 3 4.34 17
Ed High 4 18 1 0 3.50 4

Awards and honors

League top five finishers

References

  1. ^ Past Detroit Tiger Venues
  2. ^ "Detroit Doings: The Club Incorporated by Messrs. Burns and Stallings and Capitalized at $50,000". Sporting Life. December 22, 1900. p. 5.
  3. ^ Reach's Official American League Base Ball Guide for 1902 ("1902 Reach Guide"). A.J. Reach Co. 1902. p. 10.
  4. ^ a b c 1902 Reach Guide, p. 85.
  5. ^ 1902 Reach Guide, pp. 11 and 101.
  6. ^ 1902 Reach Guide, p. 83.
  7. ^ 1902 Reach Guide, p. 12.
  8. ^ 1902 Reach Guide, p. 31.
  9. ^ 1902 Reach Guide, p. 109.
  10. ^ a b 1902 Reach Guide, p. 13.
  11. ^ 1902 Reach Guide, p. 102.
  12. ^ 1902 Reach Guide, p. 82.
  13. ^ 1902 Reach Guide, p. 29.