1919 Philadelphia Athletics
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Owner(s)Connie Mack, Benjamin Shibe, Tom Shibe and John Shibe
Manager(s)Connie Mack
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The 1919 Philadelphia Athletics season involved the A's finishing last in the American League with a record of 36 wins and 104 losses. It was their fifth consecutive season in the cellar after owner-manager Connie Mack sold off his star players.

Philadelphia led the AL in fewest runs scored and most runs allowed, and they did so by wide margins. Their team ERA was 4.26, nearly a full run higher than the second worst team in the league that year.[1] The A's team batting average of .244 was the lowest in both leagues.[1] The pitching staff pitched only one shutout in the entire season.[1]

In July 1919, a newspaper reported, "Veteran Harry Davis has been coaxed out of his retirement and has been made assistant manager of the Athletics."[2] Although Connie Mack was the team's manager, the report said, "Mack hereafter will devote most of his time to business affairs of the club" and that the understanding was that Davis "really is in full charge of the team."[2]

Regular season

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


Notable transactions

Roster

1919 Philadelphia Athletics
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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 Cy Perkins 101 305 77 .252 2 29
1B George Burns 126 470 139 .296 8 57
2B Red Shannon 39 155 42 .271 0 14
3B Fred Thomas 124 453 96 .212 2 23
SS Joe Dugan 104 387 105 .271 1 30
OF Tilly Walker 125 456 133 .292 10 64
OF Merlin Kopp 75 235 53 .226 1 12
OF Whitey Witt 122 460 123 .267 0 33

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
Braggo Roth 48 195 63 .323 5 29
Amos Strunk 60 194 41 .211 0 13
Dick Burrus 70 194 50 .258 0 8
Wickey McAvoy 62 170 24 .141 0 11
Terry Turner 38 127 24 .189 0 6
Ivy Griffin 17 68 20 .294 0 6
Chick Galloway 17 63 9 .143 0 4
Al Wingo 15 59 18 .305 0 2
Roy Grover 22 56 13 .232 0 2
Frank Welch 15 54 9 .167 2 7
Jimmy Dykes 17 49 9 .184 0 1
Art Ewoldt 9 32 7 .219 0 2
Charlie High 11 29 2 .069 0 1
Bob Allen 9 22 3 .136 0 0
Lena Styles 8 22 6 .273 0 5
Snooks Dowd 13 18 3 .167 0 6
Johnny Walker 3 9 0 .000 0 0
Lew Groh 2 4 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
Rollie Naylor 31 204.2 5 18 3.34 68
Jing Johnson 34 202 9 15 3.61 67
Scott Perry 25 183.2 4 17 3.58 38
Tom Rogers 23 140 4 12 4.31 37
Bob Hasty 2 12 0 2 5.25 5
Pat Martin 2 11 0 2 4.09 6
Dave Keefe 1 9 0 1 4.00 5
Lefty York 2 4.1 0 2 24.92 2

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
Walt Kinney 43 202.2 9 15 3.64 97
Win Noyes 10 49 1 5 5.69 20
Socks Seibold 14 45.2 2 3 5.32 19
Bob Geary 9 32.1 0 3 4.73 9
Jimmy Zinn 5 25.2 1 3 6.31 9
Charlie Eckert 2 16 0 1 3.94 6
Dan Boone 3 14.2 0 1 6.75 1
Mule Watson 4 14.1 0 1 6.91 6
Ray Roberts 3 14 0 2 7.71 2
Bill Grevell 5 12 0 0 14.25 3
William Pierson 2 7.2 0 0 3.52 4

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
Walter Anderson 3 1 0 0 3.86 10
Harry Thompson 3 0 1 0 6.75 1
Mike Kircher 2 0 0 0 7.88 2
Willie Adams 1 0 0 0 3.86 0

Awards and honors

League top ten finishers

Rollie Naylor

Scott Perry

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c Hollingsworth, Harry (1994). The Best & Worst Baseball Teams of All Time: From the '16 A's to the '27 Yanks to the Present!. United States: SPI Books. p. 187. ISBN 1561713082.
  2. ^ a b "Harry Davis Has Been Made Assistant Manager of Philadelphia Athletics". Iowa, Iowa City. Iowa City Press-Citizen. July 14, 1919. p. 5. Retrieved March 23, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  3. ^ Roy Grover page at Baseball Reference