1912 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationApril 11 – October 16, 1912
Number of games154
Number of teams16
Regular Season
Season MVPAL: Tris Speaker (BOS)
NL: Larry Doyle (NYG)
AL championsBoston Red Sox
  AL runners-upWashington Senators
NL championsNew York Giants
  NL runners-upPittsburgh Pirates
World Series
ChampionsBoston Red Sox
  Runners-upNew York Giants
MLB seasons

The 1912 Major League Baseball season was contested from April 11 to October 16, 1912. The New York Giants and Boston Red Sox were the regular season champions of the National League and American League, respectively. The Red Sox then defeated the Giants in the World Series, four games to three (with one tie).

This was the second of four seasons that the Chalmers Award, a precursor to the Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player Award (introduced in 1931), was given to a player in each league.

During the season, Harper's Weekly conducted a detailed accounting of the expenses of major league clubs, reaching a figure of approximately $175,000 to $200,000.[1]

Awards and honors

Statistical leaders

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Ty Cobb DET .409 Heinie Zimmerman CHC .372
HR Home Run Baker PHA
Tris Speaker BSR
10 Heinie Zimmerman CHC 14
RBIs Home Run Baker PHA 130 Honus Wagner PIT 102
Wins Smoky Joe Wood BSR 34 Larry Cheney CHC
Rube Marquard NYG
ERA Walter Johnson WSH 1.39 Jeff Tesreau NYG 1.96
SO Walter Johnson WSH 303 Grover Cleveland Alexander PHP 195
SV Ed Walsh CHW 10 Slim Sallee SLC 6
SB Clyde Milan WSH 88 Bob Bescher CIN 67




  World Series
  AL Boston Red Sox 4
  NL New York Giants 3


American League

Team Manager Comments
Boston Red Sox Jake Stahl
Chicago White Sox Nixey Callahan
Cleveland Naps Harry Davis and Joe Birmingham
Detroit Tigers Hughie Jennings
New York Highlanders Harry Wolverton
Philadelphia Athletics Connie Mack
St. Louis Browns Bobby Wallace and George Stovall
Washington Senators Clark Griffith

National League

Team Manager Comments
Boston Braves Johnny Kling
Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers Bill Dahlen
Chicago Cubs Frank Chance
Cincinnati Reds Hank O'Day
New York Giants John McGraw
Philadelphia Phillies Red Dooin
Pittsburgh Pirates Fred Clarke
St. Louis Cardinals Roger Bresnahan


  1. ^ Harper's Weekly, August 31, 1912, "The Dollars Behind the Baseball Diamond."