1901 Pittsburgh Pirates
1901 National League Champions
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Owner(s)Barney Dreyfuss
Manager(s)Fred Clarke
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The 1901 Pittsburgh[a] Pirates finished in first place in the National League, 7½ games ahead of the second-place Philadelphia Phillies. It was the first year that the American League operated as a major league, but there would be no World Series between the leagues until 1903.

The team was managed by Fred Clarke, who was also their starting left fielder. Clarke, in his fifth year as a manager at age 28, won his first pennant. The Pirates won the National League championship in the next two years as well.

Regular season

The Pirates were led offensively by Honus Wagner, who led the league in RBI and stolen bases. Although the "Flying Dutchman" had never played shortstop in the majors until 1901, he appeared 61 times at shortstop that year in addition to spending time at third base and the outfield.

In a league that batted .267 as a whole, the Pirates outfield was notable for its hitting. Ginger Beaumont hit .332, player-manager Fred Clarke hit .324, and Lefty Davis hit .313.

The pitching staff of the Pirates allowed the fewest runs in the league and was among the greatest ever. The four top starting pitchersDeacon Phillippe, Jack Chesbro, Jesse Tannehill, and Sam Leever – were the four top pitchers in the National League in terms of winning percentage. All of them were in the top ten in the league in ERA. Future Hall of Famer Rube Waddell had pitched well in 1900 for the Pirates, but was sold in May 1901 to the Chicago Orphans. With a record of 90-49, the Pirates had the best record in the league.

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Pittsburgh Pirates 90 49 0.647 45–24 45–25
Philadelphia Phillies 83 57 0.593 46–23 37–34
Brooklyn Superbas 79 57 0.581 43–25 36–32
St. Louis Cardinals 76 64 0.543 14½ 40–31 36–33
Boston Beaneaters 69 69 0.500 20½ 41–29 28–40
Chicago Orphans 53 86 0.381 37 30–39 23–47
New York Giants 52 85 0.380 37 30–38 22–47
Cincinnati Reds 52 87 0.374 38 27–43 25–44

Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BOS BR CHI CIN NYG PHI PIT STL
Boston 10–10 13–6 11–8–1 14–6–1 7–13 5–15 9–11
Brooklyn 10–10 13–7 14–6–1 11–6 11–9 11–8 9–11
Chicago 6–13 7–13 10–10 11–9–1 3–17 6–14 10–10
Cincinnati 8–11–1 6–14–1 10–10 8–12 4–16 7–13 9–11–1
New York 6–14–1 6–11 9–11–1 12–8 8–12 4–16–1 7–13–1
Philadelphia 13–7 9–11 17–3 16–4 12–8 7–13 9–11
Pittsburgh 15–5 8–11 14–6 13–7 16–4–1 13–7 11–9
St. Louis 11–9 11–9 10–10 11–9–1 13–7–1 11–9 9–11

Game log

1901 Game Log: 90–49 (Home: 45–24; Away: 45–25)
April: 3–3 (Home: 1–2; Away: 2–1)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 April 20 @ Reds 4–2 1–0
2 April 23 @ Cardinals 4–10 1–1
3 April 24 @ Cardinals 5–4 2–1
4 April 27 Cardinals 2–7 2–2
5 April 29 Cardinals 14–12 3–2
6 April 30 Cardinals 2–4 3–3
May: 13–11 (Home: 3–3; Away: 10–8)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
7 May 1 Orphans 3–8 3–4
8 May 2 Orphans 3–2 4–4
9 May 3 Orphans 10–6 5–4
10 May 4 Orphans 2–4 5–5
11 May 5 @ Orphans 4–2 6–5
12 May 7 @ Orphans 8–0 7–5
13 May 8 @ Orphans 8–7 8–5
14 May 9 @ Orphans 8–1 9–5
15 May 10 Reds 3–0 10–5
16 May 12 @ Reds 1–6 10–6
17 May 13 Reds 2–3 10–7
18 May 14 @ Phillies 3–2 11–7
19 May 15 @ Phillies 5–6 11–8
20 May 16 @ Phillies 2–12 11–9
21 May 17 @ Phillies 6–4 12–9
22 May 21 @ Giants 1–2 12–10
23 May 22 @ Giants 1–2 12–11
24 May 23 @ Beaneaters 3–7 12–12
25 May 24 @ Beaneaters 6–4 13–12
26 May 25 @ Beaneaters 11–1 14–12
27 May 28 @ Superbas 7–8 14–13
28 May 30 @ Superbas 4–3 2,300 15–13
29 May 30 @ Superbas 2–8 11,000 15–14
30 May 31 @ Superbas 5–2 16–14
June: 17–9 (Home: 10–4; Away: 7–5)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
31 June 1 Reds 3–4 16–15
32 June 2 @ Orphans 6–1 17–15
33 June 3 Phillies 11–1 18–15
34 June 4 Phillies 4–3 19–15
35 June 5 Phillies 5–2 20–15
36 June 6 Superbas 1–4 20–16
37 June 7 Superbas 5–4 21–16
38 June 8 Superbas 3–7 21–17
39 June 10 Giants 3–1 22–17
40 June 11 Giants 4–0 23–17
41 June 12 Giants 5–2 24–17
42 June 13 Beaneaters 6–2 25–17
43 June 14 Beaneaters 1–7 25–18
44 June 15 Beaneaters 1–0 26–18
45 June 16 @ Reds 2–0 27–18
46 June 18 Cardinals 9–2 28–18
47 June 19 @ Giants 5–5 28–18
48 June 20 @ Giants 7–0 29–18
49 June 21 @ Giants 2–3 29–19
50 June 22 @ Beaneaters 2–4 29–20
51 June 22 @ Beaneaters 6–2 30–20
52 June 24 @ Beaneaters 8–2 31–20
53 June 25 @ Beaneaters 4–9 31–21
54 June 26 @ Superbas 3–16 31–22
55 June 27 @ Superbas 7–8 31–23
56 June 28 @ Superbas 5–3 32–23
57 June 29 @ Phillies 5–4 33–23
July: 16–9 (Home: 12–6; Away: 4–3)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
58 July 1 @ Phillies 0–1 33–24
59 July 2 @ Phillies 5–3 34–24
60 July 4 Giants 3–5 34–25
61 July 4 Giants 12–0 35–25
62 July 5 Giants 7–2 36–25
63 July 6 Giants 6–2 37–25
64 July 8 Beaneaters 5–0 38–25
65 July 9 Beaneaters 9–4 39–25
66 July 10 Beaneaters 1–0 40–25
67 July 11 Beaneaters 5–0 41–25
68 July 12 Phillies 2–4 41–26
69 July 13 Phillies 5–3 42–26
70 July 14 @ Orphans 3–1 43–26
71 July 16 Phillies 3–6 43–27
72 July 17 Superbas 3–7 43–28
73 July 18 Superbas 3–4 43–29
74 July 19 Superbas 4–5 43–30
75 July 20 Superbas 15–2 44–30
76 July 23 Reds 9–2 45–30
77 July 24 Reds 11–2 46–30
78 July 25 Reds 9–5 47–30
79 July 26 @ Cardinals 7–12 47–31
80 July 27 @ Cardinals 7–4 48–31
81 July 28 @ Cardinals 3–5 48–32
82 July 29 @ Cardinals 8–0 49–32
August: 13–9 (Home: 7–7; Away: 6–2)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
83 August 3 Reds 4–7 49–33
84 August 4 @ Reds 6–3 50–33
85 August 5 Cardinals 6–20 50–34
86 August 6 Cardinals 8–1 51–34
87 August 7 Cardinals 9–3 52–34
88 August 8 Orphans 7–6 53–34
89 August 9 Orphans 1–4 53–35
90 August 11 @ Orphans 5–1 54–35
91 August 17 Reds 5–0 55–35
92 August 18 @ Reds 4–5 55–36
93 August 19 @ Cardinals 9–5 56–36
94 August 20 @ Cardinals 14–2 57–36
95 August 21 @ Cardinals 3–4 57–37
96 August 22 @ Cardinals 4–3 58–37
97 August 25 @ Reds 6–3 59–37
98 August 26 Cardinals 2–5 59–38
99 August 27 Cardinals 7–1 60–38
100 August 28 Cardinals 7–9 60–39
101 August 29 Orphans 1–4 60–40
102 August 29 Orphans 2–1 61–40
103 August 31 Orphans 1–5 61–41
104 August 31 Orphans 5–2 62–41
September: 25–7 (Home: 10–2; Away: 15–5)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
105 September 2 @ Beaneaters 5–3 63–41
106 September 2 @ Beaneaters 3–0 64–41
107 September 3 @ Beaneaters 5–2 65–41
108 September 4 @ Giants 12–6 66–41
109 September 4 @ Giants 10–3 67–41
110 September 5 @ Giants 15–1 68–41
111 September 5 @ Giants 15–7 69–41
112 September 6 @ Giants 15–2 70–41
113 September 6 @ Giants 13–4 71–41
114 September 7 @ Phillies 1–4 71–42
115 September 9 @ Phillies 11–5 72–42
116 September 10 @ Phillies 8–5 73–42
117 September 11 @ Superbas 5–4 74–42
118 September 13 @ Superbas 3–5 74–43
119 September 13 @ Superbas 2–4 74–44
120 September 14 Reds 5–3 75–44
121 September 14 Reds 8–4 76–44
122 September 15 @ Reds 3–0 77–44
123 September 17 @ Reds 7–2 78–44
124 September 18 Phillies 5–1 79–44
125 September 20 Phillies 10–1 80–44
126 September 20 Phillies 7–2 81–44
127 September 21 Phillies 2–4 81–45
128 September 22 @ Orphans 15–9 82–45
129 September 23 Giants 5–4 83–45
130 September 24 Giants 14–9 84–45
131 September 25 Giants 10–5 85–45
132 September 26 Superbas 4–3 86–45
133 September 27 Superbas 5–4 87–45
134 September 29 @ Reds 1–2 87–46
135 September 29 @ Reds 1–2 87–47
136 September 30 Beaneaters 1–5 87–48
October: 3–1 (Home: 2–0; Away: 1–1)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
137 October 1 Beaneaters 9–0 88–48
138 October 2 Beaneaters 8–4 89–48
139 October 5 @ Orphans 1–2 89–49
140 October 6 @ Orphans 9–5 90–49
Legend:        = Win        = Loss        = Tie
Bold = Pittsburgh Pirates team member

Detailed records

Opening Day lineup

Roster

1901 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Awards and honors

Ginger Beaumont

Deacon Phillippe

Jesse Tannehill

Honus Wagner

Statistics

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 Chief Zimmer 69 236 52 .220 0 21
1B Kitty Bransfield 139 566 167 .295 0 91
2B Claude Ritchey 140 540 160 .296 1 74
SS Honus Wagner 140 549 194 .353 6 126
3B Tommy Leach 98 374 114 .305 2 44
OF Fred Clarke 129 527 171 .324 6 60
OF Lefty Davis 87 335 105 .313 2 33
OF Ginger Beaumont 133 558 185 .332 8 72

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
Bones Ely 65 240 50 .208 0 28
Jack O'Connor 61 202 39 .193 0 22
George Yeager 26 91 24 .264 0 10
Ed Poole 26 78 16 .205 1 4
Jimmy Burke 14 51 10 .196 0 4
Lew Carr 9 28 7 .250 0 4
Jud Smith 6 21 3 .143 0 0
Truck Eagan 4 12 1 .083 0 2
Terry Turner 7 7 3 .429 0 1
Mike Smith 4 4 0 .000 0 0
Jiggs Donahue 2 0 0 --- 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
Deacon Phillippe 37 296 22 12 2.22 103
Jack Chesbro 36 287.2 21 10 2.38 129
Jesse Tannehill 35 252.1 18 10 2.18 118
Sam Leever 21 176 14 5 2.86 82
Ed Poole 12 80 5 4 3.60 26
Ed Doheny 11 76.2 6 2 2.00 28
George Merritt 3 24 3 0 4.88 5
Rube Waddell 2 7.2 0 2 9.39 4

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
Snake Wiltse 7 44.1 1 4 4.26 10

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Notes

  1. ^ In the early 20th century and earlier, the name of Pittsburgh was spelled both with and without the 'h'.

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