1903 Boston Americans season

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1903 Boston Americans
1903 World Series champions
1903 American League Champions
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Owner(s) Henry Killilea
Manager(s) Jimmy Collins
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The 1903 Boston Americans season was the third season for the professional baseball franchise that later became known as the Boston Red Sox. The Americans finished first in the American League (AL) with a record of 91 wins and 47 losses. They went on to participate in the first World Series held between the AL and National League (NL) champions. The Americans won the 1903 World Series in eight games over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The team was managed by Jimmy Collins and played their home games at Huntington Avenue Grounds.

Regular season[edit]

1903 World Series - Boston Americans.jpg

Season summary[edit]

The 1903 Boston Americans won the American League championship by finishing 14½ games ahead of the Philadelphia Athletics. The Americans were led by Buck Freeman, who hit 13 home runs and drove in 104 runs, his third straight 100-RBI campaign for the Boston club. Meanwhile, they won 10 straight games in early June to put themselves in the AL lead for good. They met the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first modern World Series, an agreement between the AL and the NL as a post-season tournament. The "Amerks" won the series in 8 games, winning the 8th game at Huntington Avenue Grounds to clinch the championship.

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Patsy Dougherty LF
Jimmy Collins 3B
Chick Stahl CF
Buck Freeman RF
Freddy Parent SS
Candy LaChance 1B
Hobe Ferris 2B
Duke Farrell C
George Winter P

Season standings[edit]

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Americans 91 47 0.659 49–20 42–27
Philadelphia Athletics 75 60 0.556 14½ 44–21 31–39
Cleveland Naps 77 63 0.550 15 49–25 28–38
New York Highlanders 72 62 0.537 17 41–26 31–36
Detroit Tigers 65 71 0.478 25 37–28 28–43
St. Louis Browns 65 74 0.468 26½ 38–32 27–42
Chicago White Stockings 60 77 0.438 30½ 41–28 19–49
Washington Senators 43 94 0.314 47½ 29–40 14–54


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1903 American League Records

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


Roster[edit]

1903 Boston Americans
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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 Lou Criger 96 317 61 .192 3 31
1B Candy LaChance 141 522 134 .257 1 53
2B Hobe Ferris 141 525 132 .251 9 66
3B Jimmy Collins 130 540 160 .296 5 72
SS Freddy Parent 139 560 170 .304 4 80
OF Buck Freeman 141 567 163 .287 13 104
OF Patsy Dougherty 139 590 195 .331 4 59
OF Chick Stahl 77 299 82 .274 2 44

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Jack O'Brien 96 338 71 .210 3 38
Jake Stahl 40 92 22 .239 2 8
Duke Farrell 17 52 21 .404 0 8
Aleck Smith 11 33 10 .303 0 4
Harry Gleason 6 13 2 .154 0 2
George Stone 2 2 0 .000 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Cy Young 40 341.7 28 9 2.08 176
Bill Dinneen 37 299 21 13 2.26 148
Tom Hughes 33 244.7 20 7 2.57 112
Norwood Gibson 24 183.3 13 9 3.19 76
George Winter 24 178.3 9 8 3.08 64
Nick Altrock 1 8 0 1 9.00 3

World series[edit]

Huntington Avenue Grounds before the first modern World Series game vs. Pittsburgh
Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(BOS-PIT)

Attendance
1 October 1 Pittsburgh Pirates 7 Boston Americans 3 0–1 16,242
2 October 2 Pittsburgh Pirates 0 Boston Americans 3 1–1 9,415
3 October 3 Pittsburgh Pirates 4 Boston Americans 2 1–2 18,801
4 October 6 Boston Americans 4 Pittsburgh Pirates 5 1–3 7,600
5 October 7 Boston Americans 11 Pittsburgh Pirates 2 2–3 12,322
6 October 8 Boston Americans 6 Pittsburgh Pirates 3 3–3 11,556
7 October 10 Boston Americans 7 Pittsburgh Pirates 3 4–3 17,038
8 October 13 Pittsburgh Pirates 0 Boston Americans 3 5–3 7,455

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