1903 Washington Senators season

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1903 Washington Senators
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Owner(s) Ban Johnson and Fred Postal
Manager(s) Tom Loftus
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The 1903 Washington Senators won 43 games, lost 94, and finished in eighth place in the American League. They were managed by Tom Loftus and played home games at National Park.

Washington had finished in sixth place in each of the previous two seasons (the first two seasons of the American League's existence). However, they fell to eighth and last in 1903. Their only star player, Big Ed Delahanty, got drunk and fell off a bridge into Niagara Falls midway through the season.

The Senators' pitching had always been bad, and indeed, they would allow the most runs in the AL, but without Delahanty the offense sputtered to a halt. Their collective batting average was .231, bad even for the dead-ball era, and no one drove in more than 49 runs.

Regular season[edit]

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


Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1903 Washington Senators
Roster
Pitchers

Catchers

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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 Malachi Kittridge 60 192 41 .214 0 16
1B Boileryard Clarke 126 465 111 .239 2 38
3B Bill Coughlin 125 473 116 .245 1 31
SS Charles Moran 98 373 84 .225 1 24
OF Watty Lee 75 231 48 .208 0 13
OF Jimmy Ryan 114 437 109 .249 7 46
OF Kip Selbach 140 533 134 .251 3 49

Other batters[edit]

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
Scoops Carey 48 183 37 .202 0 23
Ed Delahanty 42 156 52 .333 1 21
Lew Drill 51 154 39 .253 0 23
Joe Martin 35 119 27 .227 0 27
Ducky Holmes 21 71 16 .225 1 8

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
Casey Patten 36 300 11 22 3.60 133
Al Orth 36 279.2 10 22 4.34 88
Highball Wilson 30 242.1 7 18 3.31 56
Watty Lee 22 166.2 8 12 3.08 70
Davey Dunkle 14 108.1 5 9 4.24 51

Other 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
Happy Townsend 20 126.2 2 11 4.76 54

Awards and honors[edit]

League top five finishers[edit]

Al Orth

  • AL leader in earned runs allowed (135)
  • #2 in AL in losses (22)
  • #2 in AL in hits allowed (326)

Casey Patten

  • AL leader in home runs allowed (11)
  • #2 in AL in losses (22)
  • #3 in AL in earned runs allowed (120)
  • #4 in AL in hits allowed (313)
  • #4 in AL in walks allowed (80)

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