Philadelphia jumped back into the pennant-winning seat with 96 wins as Boston slipped back to 4th. Washington was a surprising second with 90 wins mostly on the strength of Walter Johnson's arm. Cleveland was a solid 3rd. Chicago also finished over .500, followed by Detroit, New York, and St. Louis. The A's then beat the Giants in the World Series.
Statistical leaderboard: Ty Cobb won the batting title at .390, with Joe Jackson at .373 and Tris Speaker at .363. Cobb also led in on-base percentage. Eddie Collins (125) led in runs scored, Jackson in hits (197) and doubles (39), Sam Crawford with 23 triples, Clyde Milan with 75 steals, and Home Run Baker with 117 RBI. Jackson led in slugging, OPS, and runs created.
Walter Johnson blew every other pitcher out of the water, with 36 wins to Cy Falkenberg's 23, a 1.14 ERA to Eddie Cicotte's 1.58, and 243 strikeouts to Falkenberg and Vean Gregg's 166. Chief Bender led with 13 saves. Johnson had 29 complete games, 11 shutouts, and pitched 346 innings.
Win Shares leaderboard:
Players; Eddie Collins (Philadelphia) 39, Frank Baker (Philadelphia) 38, Tris Speaker (Boston) and Joe Jackson (Cleveland) 36, Ty Cobb (Detroit) 31, Clyde Milan (Washington) 28, Sam Crawford (Detroit) 27, Stuffy McInnis (Philadelphia) 26, Buck Weaver (Chicago), Nap Lajoie (Cleveland), Burt Shotton (St. Louis) and Chick Gandil (Washington) 23.
Pitchers; Walter Johnson (Washington) 54, Reb Russell (Chicago) 32, Eddie Cicotte and Jim Scott (Chicago) 27, Cy Falkenberg (Cleveland) 25, Vean Gregg (Cleveland) and Joe Boehling (Washington) 23, Willie Mitchell (Cleveland) and Chief Bender (Philadelphia) 20.
WARP3 scores: Collins 10.6, Baker 8.9, Speaker 7.9, Jackson 7.1, Cobb 7.0, Jack Barry (Philadelphia) 6.2, McInnis 5.1, Rube Oldring (Philadelphia) 4.3, Donie Bush (Detroit) 3.8, Crawford 3.7, Weaver and Lajoie (last good year) 3.5.
Pitchers, Johnson 14.7 (in maybe the best season ever by a pitcher), Russell 8.6 in his rookie year, Cicotte 7.0 (comeback year), Falkenberg 6.8, Scott 6.6 (career year), Ray Collins (Boston) 5.3, Mitchell 5.3 (best year), Ray Caldwell (New York) 4.7, Gregg 4.5 (last good year), Hugh Bedient and Dutch Leonard (both Boston) 4.4.
WAR, position players: Collins 9.9, Speaker 9.3, Baker 8.6, Jackson 8.3, Cobb 7.9, Shotton 5.7, McInnis 5.6, Lajoie 5.3, Crawford 5.1, Milan and Barry 4.8. Pitchers: Johnson 12.4, Russell 7.3, Falkenberg 6.5, Scott 6.3, Cicotte and Mitchell 6.0, Collins 4.7, Gregg 4.4, Bedient 3.6, Bender 3.4.
Award voting (MVP, top ten only):
Place Name Team Points
1 Walter Johnson WSH 54
2 Joe Jackson CLE 43
3 Eddie Collins PHA 30
4 Tris Speaker BOS 26
5 Frank Baker PHA 21
6 Chick Gandil WSH 14
7 Stuffy McInnis PHA 12
8 Wally Schang PHA 11
9 Jack Barry PHA 8
9 Clyde Milan WSH 8
Top player: Eddie Collins, star of the pennant winners and leader in runs. Home Run Baker #2, Speaker #3, Jackson #4, Cobb #5.
Top pitcher: Walter Johnson. If anyone ever had a better year than Walter's 36-7, 1.14 ERA, it must have been on another planet. Reb Russell #2, Eddie Cicotte #3, Jim Scott #4, Cy Falkenberg #5.
Top rookie: Reb Russell, outstanding for the Chisox at 22-16, 1.90 ERA.
Top manager: Clark Griffith of the surprising Senators.