1903 Philadelphia Phillies
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Owner(s)James Potter
Manager(s)Chief Zimmer
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The 1903 Philadelphia Phillies season was a season in American baseball. The team finished seventh in the National League with a record of 49–86, 39+12 games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Offseason

James Potter and his syndicate of investors completed their acquisition of the Phillies, the "Philadelphia Base Ball Club", from Colonel John I. Rogers on April 3, 1903.[1] Potter and his partners acquired the Phillies for $117,000.[2]

Preseason

The Phillies held spring training in 1903 in Richmond, Virginia where the team practiced and played exhibition games at Broad Street Park. It was the lone season the Phillies trained in Richmond.

1903 Philadelphia City Series

The Philadelphia Athletics began play in 1901 with the founding of the American League. National League and American League teams did not play each other in 1901 or 1902 as the two leagues warred over markets and customers.

The two leagues made peace after 1902 and the Phillies and Athletics scheduled a preseason series for the local championship. The Phillies had last played for the city championship against the Player League’s Philadelphia Athletics in 1890. The Philadelphia Inquirer noted, "For the first time in thirteen years two local teams, representing rival base ball organizations, will come together in a friendly struggle for supremacy of the Quaker City." The Athletics had won the 1902 American League pennant, the Phillies had been newly acquired by John Rogers in February 1903, and interest was high.[3]

The Phillies and Athletics played five of nine scheduled games; the Phillies defeated the Athletics, 4 games to 1.

The series was scheduled to begin on April 4, 1903 at the Phillies’ Philadelphia Ball Park but was called off due to rain.[4] Games scheduled for April 7, 1903[5] at the Phillies’ park and April 8, 1903 at the Athletics’ Columbia Park were also canceled due to rain and wet grounds,[6] along with the final scheduled game of the series on April 14, 1903 at the Phillies’ park.[7]

AL Philadelphia Athletics (1) vs. NL Philadelphia Phillies (4)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 April 6, 1903 Philadelphia Phillies – 2, Philadelphia Athletics – 0 (10) Columbia Park 1:55 6,543[8] 
2 April 9, 1903 Philadelphia Athletics – 5, Philadelphia Phillies – 6 (10) Philadelphia Ball Park 2:10 6,640[9] 
3 April 10, 1903 Philadelphia Phillies – 6, Philadelphia Athletics – 3 Columbia Park 1:40 8,771[10] 
4 April 11, 1903 Philadelphia Athletics – 7, Philadelphia Phillies – 1 Philadelphia Ball Park 1:38 13,050[11] 
5 April 13, 1903 Philadelphia Phillies – 2, Philadelphia Athletics – 1 (10) Columbia Park 1:40 5,843[12]

Regular season

On August 8, 1903, a balcony collapsed at Baker Bowl during a game against Boston. The New York Times reported the following day that four were killed and 125 injured.[13] The Phillies temporarily called Columbia Park home while Baker Bowl was repaired.[14] They played sixteen games at Columbia Park in August and September 1903.[15]

On September 18, 1903, Chick Fraser pitched a no-hitter in the second game of a double header against the Chicago Cubs at West Side Park. Fraser walked five batters, the Phillies committed four errors and won 10 to 0.[16]

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Pittsburgh Pirates 91 49 0.650 46–24 45–25
New York Giants 84 55 0.604 41–27 43–28
Chicago Cubs 82 56 0.594 8 45–28 37–28
Cincinnati Reds 74 65 0.532 16½ 41–35 33–30
Brooklyn Superbas 70 66 0.515 19 40–33 30–33
Boston Beaneaters 58 80 0.420 32 31–35 27–45
Philadelphia Phillies 49 86 0.363 39½ 25–33 24–53
St. Louis Cardinals 43 94 0.314 46½ 22–45 21–49

Record vs. opponents


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


Notable transactions

Roster

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Infielders

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Postseason

1903 Philadelphia City Series (Fall)

The Phillies and Athletics played a postseason series for the local championship in addition to the preseason series played in April. The teams played seven of ten games scheduled;[18] games scheduled for October 8, 1903; October 9, 1903; and October 10, 1903 were canceled due to rain. The Athletics won the series, 4 games to 3.

All of the series games were played at the Athletics’ Columbia Park with each team alternating as the home team. The Phillies’ Philadelphia Ball Park’s had collapsed on August 8 1903 leaving four dead, and closing the ballpark for the balance of the season.

AL Philadelphia Athletics (4) vs. NL Philadelphia Phillies (3)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 September 30, 1903 Philadelphia Phillies – 3, Philadelphia Athletics – 7 Columbia Park 1:35 2,008[19] 
2 October 1, 1903 Philadelphia Athletics – 6, Philadelphia Phillies – 0 Columbia Park 1:45 2,439[20] 
3 October 2, 1903 Philadelphia Phillies – 5, Philadelphia Athletics – 1 Columbia Park 1:40 1,438[21] 
4 October 3, 1903 Philadelphia Athletics – 5, Philadelphia Phillies – 0 Columbia Park 1:35 3,896[22] 
5 October 5, 1903 Philadelphia Phillies – 1, Philadelphia Athletics – 6 Columbia Park 1:40 -[23] 
6 October 6, 1903 Philadelphia Athletics – 2, Philadelphia Phillies – 14 (8) Columbia Park 1:50 1,084[24] 
7 October 7, 1903 Philadelphia Phillies – 13, Philadelphia Athletics – 3 Columbia Park 2:00 992[25]

After the 1903 season, the Phillies had won 7 and the Athletics had won 5 of the 12 total games played in the city series.

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 Frank Roth 68 220 60 .273 0 22
1B Klondike Douglass 105 377 96 .255 1 36
2B Kid Gleason 106 412 117 .284 1 49
SS Rudy Hulswitt 138 519 128 .247 1 58
3B Harry Wolverton 123 494 152 .308 0 53
OF Roy Thomas 130 477 156 .327 1 27
OF Bill Keister 100 400 128 .320 3 63
OF Shad Barry 138 550 152 .276 1 60

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
John Titus 72 280 80 .286 2 34
Bill Hallman 63 198 42 .212 0 17
Red Dooin 62 188 41 .218 0 14
Chief Zimmer 37 118 26 .220 1 19
Roy Brashear 20 75 17 .227 0 4
John Walsh 1 3 0 .000 0 0
Dutch Rudolph 1 1 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
Bill Duggleby 36 264.1 13 16 3.75 57
Chick Fraser 31 250.0 12 17 4.50 104
Tully Sparks 28 248.0 11 15 2.72 85
Fred Mitchell 28 227.0 11 16 4.48 69
Jack McFetridge 14 103.0 1 11 4.89 31
Libe Washburn 4 35.0 0 4 4.37 9
Pop Williams 2 18.0 1 1 3.00 8

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
Fred Burchell 6 44.0 0 3 2.86 12
Warren McLaughlin 3 23.0 0 3 7.04 3

Notes

  1. ^ "Phillies' Organize". Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. April 4, 1903. p. 10.
  2. ^ The Reach Official American League Baseball Guide. 1903. p. 74.
  3. ^ "Local Ball Games Will Begin To-Day". Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia Inquirer. April 6, 1903. p. 10.
  4. ^ "Athletics Will Be Good Fellows". Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. April 5, 1903. p. 12.
  5. ^ "Phillies and Athletics To-Day". Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. April 8, 1903. p. 10.
  6. ^ "Damp Day Diamond Dust". Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. April 9, 1903. p. 10.
  7. ^ "National League Lines Up To-Day". Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. April 14, 1903. p. 10.
  8. ^ "Athletics Lose First Game to Phillies, 2 to 0". Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. April 7, 1903. p. 10.
  9. ^ "Monte Cross Benched; Athletics Lose 6-5". Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. April 10, 1903. p. 6.
  10. ^ "Phillies Outplay Those Champions". Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. April 11, 1903. p. 10.
  11. ^ "Athletics Finally Secure a Victory". Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. April 12, 1903. p. 12.
  12. ^ "Nationals Cinch the Local Series". Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. April 14, 1903. p. 10.
  13. ^ "Grand Stand Falls; 4 Killed, 125 Injured" (PDF). New York Times. August 9, 1903.
  14. ^ Macht, Norman L.; Connie Mack, III (2007). Connie Mack and the Early Years of Baseball. University of Nebraska Press. p. 316. ISBN 978-0-8032-3263-1. Retrieved May 22, 2009.
  15. ^ "Alternate Site Games Since 1901". Retrosheet. Archived from the original on February 21, 2009. Retrieved May 22, 2009.
  16. ^ "Chick Pitches One of the Greatest Games of the Season for the Phillies Against Colts". Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. September 19, 1903. p. 10.
  17. ^ a b Pop Williams page at Baseball-Reference
  18. ^ "Passed Balls". Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. September 30, 1903. p. 10.
  19. ^ "Athletics Bunch Hits in Eighth". Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. October 1, 1903. p. 10.
  20. ^ "Henley Too Deep for the Phillies". Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. October 2, 1903. p. 10.
  21. ^ "Sparks Ties Up Athletics Into Very Hard Knots". Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. October 3, 1903. p. 10.
  22. ^ "The Phillies Are Again Shut Out". Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. October 4, 1903. p. 12.
  23. ^ "Phillies at the Mercy of Plank". Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. October 6, 1903. p. 10.
  24. ^ "Mitchell Again Downs Athletics". Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. October 7, 1903. p. 10.
  25. ^ "Phillies Put The Game Away On Ice". Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. October 8, 1903. p. 10.

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