Philadelphia beat Chicago in a wild pennant race that was decided by just two games. The White Sox had strong pitching in a good pitchers' park, but the A's also had strong pitching and more offense. Following were, in order, Detroit, Boston, Cleveland, New York, Boston, and St. Louis. The A's then lost in the World Series. That Series established a precedent for a end-of-season playoff between the league winners, first seen in the 1880s but now made a part of sports lore.
Statistical leaders: Elmer Flick won the batting title at .308. Willie Keeler (.302) and Harry Bay (.301) were the only other .300 hitters, now that we were in the throes of the Dead Ball Era. Flick also led in slugging, OPS, and triples (18). Harry Davis led in runs (93), doubles (47), homers (8) and RBI (83). George Stone led in hits (187) and total bases. Danny Hoffman led in steals (46). Flick had a big lead in OPS+.
On the mound, Rube Waddell won the pitchers' Triple Crown. Waddell had 27 wins, Eddie Plank 24, Nick Altrock and Ed Killian 23, Jesse Tannehill 22, George Mullin and Frank Owen 21, Addie Joss 20. Waddell had a 1.48 ERA, Doc White 1.76, Cy Young 1.82, Andy Coakley 1.84, Altrock 1.88, Harry Howell 1.98. Waddell had 287 strikeouts, Young and Plank 210 each.
1905 AL Win Shares leaders;
Players, Sam Crawford (Detroit) 36, Topsy Hartsel (Philadelphia) 30, Fielder Jones (Chicago) and Elmer Flick (Cleveland) 29, George Davis (Chicago) 28, George Stone (St. Louis) 27, Harry Davis (Philadelphia) 26, Jimmy Collins (Boston), Harry Bay (Cleveland) and Danny Murphy (Philadelphia) 23.
Pitchers, Rube Waddell (Philadelphia) 35, Eddie Plank (Philadelphia) 31, Ed Killian (Detroit) 29, Cy Young (Boston) 28, Jesse Tannehill (Boston) and George Mullin (Detroit) 26, Addie Joss (Cleveland) 25, Nick Altrock (Chicago) 24.
WARP3 leaders, players: G. Davis 7.7, Stone 7.1, Flick 7.0, Crawford and Bill Bradley (Cleveland) 6.9, Jones 6.7, Bay 6.0, Murphy 5.9, H. Davis 5.8, Hartsel and Socks Seybold (Philadelphia) 5.5.
WARP3 leaders, pitchers: Waddell 9.0, Young 8.0, Tannehill 7.4, Plank and Harry Howell (St. Louis) 7.2, Killian 6.6, Tom Hughes (Washington) 5.8, Al Orth (New York) 5.4, Mullin, Joss, and Jack Chesbro (New York) 5.1.
Nap Lajoie, the 500-pound gorilla of the AL, played only 65 games. His WARP3 was 4.0.
WAR leaders, position players: G. Davis 7.1, H. Davis 5.9, Flick 5.8, Hartsel 5.4, Stone and Crawford 5.2, Murphy 5.1, Donahue 4.9.
WAR leaders, pitchers: Waddell 8.1, Young 6.4, Plank 5.9, Killian 5.4, Altrock, Joss, and White 5.0, Howell 4.9, Orth 4.7, Tannehill 4.6.
Top player: Elmer Flick, the top offensive player in the league. Flick was the batting champ and the easy leader in OPS and OPS+. Only three .300 hitters as the Dead Ball era settled in around baseball.
#1 Elmer Flick, #2 George Davis, #3 Harry Davis, #4 Sam Crawford, #5 Topsy Hartsel.
For top pitcher, the winner is clearly Waddell. Rube led in wins, ERA and strikeouts, the pitching triple crown. His ERA+ of 179 easily outdistanced Cy Young at 148. Young #2, Plank #3, Killian #4, Altrock #5.
Top rookie to George Stone, batting .296 and leading in hits and total bases for St. Louis.
Top manager was pennant winner Connie Mack.