1911 Detroit Tigers
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Owner(s)William H. Yawkey and Frank Navin
Manager(s)Hughie Jennings
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The 1911 Detroit Tigers had a record of 89–65 and finished in second place in the American League, 1312 games behind the Philadelphia Athletics. They outscored their opponents 831–776, and drew 484,988 fans to Bennett Park (4th of 8 teams in attendance).

Regular season

Season summary

The 1911 Detroit Tigers opened the season with a phenomenal 21–2 record. The Tigers set the modern record for home wins to start the season, 12–0, and were 51–25 at home but 38–40 on the road. They were in first place in the American League every day except one until August 3, 1911. After going 59–24, the wheels fell off as the team lost 20 of 30 games in July and were 23–43 in the second half. The Tigers lost 20 of 30 games in July and ended up 1312 games behind the Athletics.

The 1911 Tigers had two of the best batters in baseball in Ty Cobb and Sam Crawford. Cobb led both leagues in batting average (.420), RBIs (127), stolen bases (83), slugging (.621), runs (147), hits (248), total bases (367), doubles (47), and extra base hits (79). Crawford was not far behind, ranking in the top three in the AL in batting average (.378), slugging (.438), hits (217), total bases (302), and RBIs (115).

The team ranked second best in the American League in runs scored but the pitching staff's earned run average of 3.73 was the second worst in the league—a full point above the league leading Red Sox' team ERA of 2.74. Playing in Bennett Field, with its 8,500-seat wooden grandstand, their home attendance for the entire season was 484,988.[1]

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Philadelphia Athletics 101 50 0.669 54–20 47–30
Detroit Tigers 89 65 0.578 13½ 51–25 38–40
Cleveland Naps 80 73 0.523 22 46–30 34–43
Boston Red Sox 78 75 0.510 24 39–37 39–38
Chicago White Sox 77 74 0.510 24 40–37 37–37
New York Highlanders 76 76 0.500 25½ 36–40 40–36
Washington Senators 64 90 0.416 38½ 39–38 25–52
St. Louis Browns 45 107 0.296 56½ 25–53 20–54

Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BOS CWS CLE DET NY PHI STL WSH
Boston 11–11 11–11 10–12 12–10 9–13 12–9 13–9
Chicago 11–11 6–15–2 8–14 13–9 9–11–1 17–5 13–9
Cleveland 11–11 15–6–2 6–16 14–8–1 5–17 15–7 14–8
Detroit 12–10 14–8 16–6 7–15 12–10 14–8 14–8
New York 10–12 9–13 8–14–1 15–7 6–15 16–5 12–10
Philadelphia 13–9 11–9–1 17–5 10–12 15–6 20–2 15–7
St. Louis 9–12 5–17 7–15 8–14 5–16 2–20 9–13
Washington 9–13 9–13 8–14 8–14 10–12 7–15 13–9

Roster

1911 Detroit Tigers
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Infielders

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Coaches

Season chronology

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 Oscar Stanage 141 503 133 .264 3 51
1B Jim Delahanty 144 542 184 .339 3 94
2B Charley O'Leary 74 256 68 .266 0 25
3B George Moriarty 130 478 116 .243 1 60
SS Donie Bush 150 561 130 .232 1 36
OF Ty Cobb 146 591 248 .420 8 127
OF Sam Crawford 146 574 217 .378 7 115
OF Davy Jones 98 341 93 .273 0 19

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
Delos Drake 95 315 88 .279 1 36
Del Gainer 70 248 75 .302 2 25
Paddy Baumann 26 94 24 .255 0 11
Biff Schaller 40 60 8 .133 1 7
Boss Schmidt 28 46 13 .283 0 2
Chick Lathers 29 45 10 .222 0 4
Jack Ness 12 39 6 .154 0 2
Joe Casey 15 33 5 .152 0 3
Guy Tutwiler 13 32 6 .188 0 3
Chick Lathers 5 16 3 .188 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
George Mullin 30 234.1 18 10 3.07 87
Ed Willett 38 231.1 13 14 3.66 86
Ed Lafitte 29 172.1 11 8 3.92 63
Ed Summers 30 179.1 11 11 3.66 65
Bill Donovan 20 168.1 10 9 3.31 81
Jack Lively 18 113.2 7 5 4.59 45
Pug Cavet 1 4.0 0 0 4.50 1

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
Ralph Works 30 167.1 11 5 3.87 68
Tex Covington 17 83.2 7 1 4.09 29
Wiley Taylor 3 19.0 0 2 3.79 9
Clarence Mitchell 5 14.1 1 0 8.16 4

Awards and honors

League top five finishers

Donie Bush

Ty Cobb

Sam Crawford

George Mullin

Ed Willett

Ralph Works

Players ranking among top 100 of all time at position

The following members of the 1911 Detroit Tigers are among the Top 100 players of all time at their position, as ranked in The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract in 2001:

References

  1. ^ "Nationals vs. Dodgers - Game Recap - May 6, 2009 - ESPN".