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1909 Pittsburg Pirates season

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Owner(s)  Barney Dreyfuss
Manager(s)  Fred Clarke
1909 Pittsburg Pirates season

The 1909 Pittsburg Pirates season was the 28th season for the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise, during which they won the National League pennant with a record of 110–42 and their first World Series over the Detroit Tigers. Led by shortstop Honus Wagner and outfielder-manager Fred Clarke, the Pirates scored the most runs in the majors. Wagner led the league in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and runs batted in. Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss opened the Pirates’ new ballpark, named Forbes Field, on June 30, 1909.

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The Pirates’ 110 wins remain a team record, a record they set in the last game of the season by beating the Cincinnati Reds 7–4 in muddy conditions on October 5. It is in fact the best regular season win percentage by any World Series winning team.

Notable transactions

  • May 28, 1909: Ward Miller and cash were traded by the Pirates to the Cincinnati Reds for Kid Durbin.
  • Starters by position

    Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Other batters

    Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Starting pitchers

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

    Other pitchers

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

    Relief pitchers

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

    League top five finishers

    Howie Camnitz

  • #2 in NL in wins (25)
  • #4 in NL in ERA (1.62)
  • Fred Clarke

  • #2 in NL in runs scored (97)
  • #4 in NL in on-base percentage (.384)
  • Tommy Leach

  • MLB leader in runs scored (126)
  • Dots Miller

  • #3 in NL in RBI (87)
  • Honus Wagner

  • NL leader in batting average (.339)
  • NL leader in RBI (100)
  • NL leader in on-base percentage (.420)
  • NL leader in slugging percentage (.489)
  • #3 in NL in runs scored (92)
  • Vic Willis

  • #4 in NL in wins (22)
  • 1909 World Series

    In the World Series, Pittsburg faced the American League champion Detroit Tigers, led by triple crown winner Ty Cobb. The matchup was largely billed as one between the major leagues’ two superstars. Wagner thoroughly outplayed Cobb, and rookie Babe Adams won all three of his starts, as the Pirates won in seven games.

    Game 1

    October 8, 1909, at Forbes Field in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

    Game 2

    October 9, 1909, at Forbes Field in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

    Game 3

    October 11, 1909, at Bennett Park in Detroit, Michigan

    Game 4

    October 12, 1909, at Bennett Park in Detroit, Michigan

    Game 5

    October 13, 1909, at Forbes Field in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

    Game 6

    October 14, 1909, at Bennett Park in Detroit, Michigan

    Game 7

    October 16, 1909, at Bennett Park in Detroit, Michigan

    References

    1909 Pittsburg Pirates season Wikipedia


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