1919 Boston Red Sox
Babe Ruth's final Red Sox season
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record66–71 (.482)
League place6th (20+12 GB)
Other information
Owner(s)Harry Frazee
Manager(s)Ed Barrow
StatsESPN.com
BB-reference
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The 1919 Boston Red Sox season was the 19th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished sixth in the American League (AL) with a record of 66 wins and 71 losses, 20+12 games behind the Chicago White Sox. The team played its home games at Fenway Park.

While World War I had ended in November 1918, players who had been drafted returned gradually during 1919. The season was shortened from 154 to 140 games and did not begin until mid-April,[1] with the Red Sox playing their first game on April 23.[2]

Regular season

In his last year playing for the Red Sox, Babe Ruth had his breakout offensive season having been converted into an outfielder. He set a major league record with 29 home runs and also led the league in runs batted in and runs scored. Ruth also made 15 pitching starts, going 9–5 with a 2.97 earned run average.

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago White Sox 88 52 0.629 48–22 40–30
Cleveland Indians 84 55 0.604 44–25 40–30
New York Yankees 80 59 0.576 46–25 34–34
Detroit Tigers 80 60 0.571 8 46–24 34–36
St. Louis Browns 67 72 0.482 20½ 40–30 27–42
Boston Red Sox 66 71 0.482 20½ 35–30 31–41
Washington Senators 56 84 0.400 32 32–40 24–44
Philadelphia Athletics 36 104 0.257 52 21–49 15–55

Record vs. opponents


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


Opening Day lineup

Harry Hooper RF
Jack Barry 2B
Amos Strunk CF
Babe Ruth LF
Stuffy McInnis 1B
Ossie Vitt 3B
Everett Scott SS
Wally Schang C
Carl Mays P

Roster

1919 Boston Red Sox
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

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 Wally Schang 113 330 101 .306 0 55
1B Stuffy McInnis 120 440 134 .305 1 58
2B Red Shannon 80 290 75 .259 0 17
3B Ossie Vitt 133 469 114 .243 0 40
SS Everett Scott 138 507 141 .278 0 38
LF Babe Ruth 130 432 139 .322 29 114
CF Braggo Roth 63 227 58 .256 0 23
RF Harry Hooper 128 491 131 .267 3 49

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
Amos Strunk 48 184 50 .272 0 17
Bill Lamar 48 148 43 .291 0 13
Roxy Walters 48 135 26 .193 0 10
Del Gainer 47 118 28 .237 0 18
Frank Gilhooley 48 112 27 .241 0 2
Jack Barry 31 108 26 .241 0 2
Dave Shean 29 100 14 .140 0 6
Mike McNally 33 42 11 .262 0 3
Joe Wilhoit 6 18 6 .333 0 2
Norm McNeil 5 9 3 .333 0 1

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
Sam Jones 35 245.0 12 20 3.75 67
Herb Pennock 32 219.0 16 8 2.71 70
Carl Mays 21 146.0 5 11 2.47 53
Babe Ruth 17 133.1 9 5 2.97 30
Waite Hoyt 13 105.1 4 6 3.25 28

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
Allen Russell 21 121.1 10 4 2.52 63
Ray Caldwell 18 86.1 7 4 3.96 23
Bill James 13 72.2 3 5 4.09 12
Paul Musser 5 19.2 0 2 4.12 14
Joe Bush 2 7.0 0 0 3.86 2

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
George Dumont 13 0 4 0 4.33 12
Bob McGraw 10 0 2 0 6.75 6
George Winn 3 0 0 0 7.71 0

Awards and honors

League top five finishers

Sam Jones

Babe Ruth

Wally Schang

References

  1. ^ "National and American Breast Tape at Start". The Atlanta Constitution. April 23, 1919. p. 18. Retrieved October 8, 2020 – via newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "The 1919 Boston Red Sox Regular Season Game Log". Retrosheet. Retrieved October 8, 2020.