1912 New York Highlanders
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Owner(s)William Devery and Frank Farrell
Manager(s)Harry Wolverton
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The 1912 New York Highlanders season was their tenth in New York and their twelfth overall. It was the final season for the "Highlanders", before evolving exclusively into the "Yankees". It was also their final season playing their home games at Hilltop Park. The team finished with a total of 50 wins and 102 losses, coming in 8th, last place in the American League. The club was managed by Harry Wolverton. The New York franchise would not finish in last place again until the 1966 season. To date, this remains the second and last 100-loss season in Yankees history, the other being a few years prior in 1908.

Regular season

Logo and uniforms

For 1912, the curving "NY" migrated from the sleeve to its now-familiar spot on the left breast of the jersey (on some versions of the uniform, though not the one shown here). This was also the year the pinstripes were introduced.[citation needed]

Team nickname

By this season, the alternate nickname "Yankees" was in very common usage by the media. The New York Times for Opening Day 1912 reported that "The Yankees presented a natty appearance in their new uniforms of white with black pinstripes." The pinstripes were a one-year experiment, but they would return for good on the home uniforms in 1915.

The final game of the season, and the final game for the "Highlanders" at the Hilltop, was played on October 5, 1912. The team moved to the Polo Grounds the following year. Hilltop Park was closed after the 1912 season and was demolished in 1914. It is now occupied by the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Red Sox 105 47 0.691 57–20 48–27
Washington Senators 91 61 0.599 14 45–32 46–29
Philadelphia Athletics 90 62 0.592 15 45–31 45–31
Chicago White Sox 78 76 0.506 28 34–43 44–33
Cleveland Naps 75 78 0.490 30½ 41–35 34–43
Detroit Tigers 69 84 0.451 36½ 37–39 32–45
St. Louis Browns 53 101 0.344 53 27–50 26–51
New York Highlanders 50 102 0.329 55 31–44 19–58

Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BOS CWS CLE DET NY PHI STL WSH
Boston 16–6–1 11–11–1 15–6 19–2 15–7 17–5 12–10
Chicago 6–16–1 11–11 14–8–1 13–9 12–10 13–9–2 9–13
Cleveland 11–11–1 11–11 13–9 13–8–1 8–14 15–7 4–18
Detroit 6–15 8–14–1 9–13 16–6 9–13 13–9 8–14
New York 2–19 9–13 8–13–1 6–16 5–17 13–9 7–15
Philadelphia 7–15 10–12 14–8 13–9 17–5 16–6 13–7–1
St. Louis 5–17 9–13–2 7–15 9–13 9–13 6–16 8–14–1
Washington 10–12 13–9 18–4 14–8 15–7 7–13–1 14–8–1


Notable transactions

Roster

1912 New York Highlanders
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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 Ed Sweeney 110 351 94 .268 0 30
1B Hal Chase 131 522 143 .274 4 58
2B Hack Simmons 110 401 96 .239 0 41
SS Jack Martin 71 231 52 .225 0 17
3B Del Paddock 46 156 45 .288 1 14
OF Roy Hartzell 125 416 113 .272 1 38
OF Bert Daniels 135 496 136 .274 2 41
OF Guy Zinn 106 401 105 .262 6 55

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
Dutch Sterrett 66 230 61 .265 1 32
Birdie Cree 50 190 63 .332 0 22
Earle Gardner 43 160 45 .281 0 26
Tommy McMillan 41 149 34 .228 0 12
Jack Lelivelt 36 149 54 .362 2 23
Bill Stumpf 42 129 31 .240 0 10
Gabby Street 29 88 16 .182 0 6
Ezra Midkiff 21 86 21 .244 0 9
Pat Maloney 25 79 17 .215 0 4
Cozy Dolan 18 60 12 .200 0 11
Harry Wolverton 34 50 15 .300 0 4
Bob Williams 20 44 6 .136 0 3
Curt Coleman 12 37 9 .243 0 4
Harry Wolter 12 32 11 .344 0 1
John Dowd 10 31 6 .194 0 0
Klondike Smith 7 27 5 .185 0 0
Bill Otis 4 17 1 .059 0 2
Jack Little 3 12 3 .250 0 0
Benny Kauff 5 11 3 .273 0 2
Gus Fisher 4 10 1 .100 0 0
George Batten 1 3 0 .000 0 0
Johnny Priest 2 2 1 .500 0 1
Homer Thompson 1 0 0 ---- 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Russ Ford 36 291.2 13 21 3.55 112
Ray Caldwell 30 183.1 8 16 4.47 95
George McConnell 23 176.2 8 12 2.75 91
Ray Fisher 17 90.1 2 8 5.88 47
Ray Keating 6 35.2 0 3 5.80 21

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Jack Warhop 39 258.0 10 19 2.86 110
Jack Quinn 18 102.2 5 7 5.79 47
Hippo Vaughn 15 63.0 2 8 5.14 46
George Davis 10 54.0 1 4 6.50 22
Tommy Thompson 7 32.2 0 2 6.06 15
Al Schulz 3 16.1 1 1 2.20 8
Chet Hoff 5 15.2 0 1 6.89 14

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
George Shears 4 0 0 0 5.40 9

References