Mathewson Wins 31 and Three More in World Series; Odwell Slugs Nine Homers


Christy Mathewson

Christy Mathewson

Look back at the 1905 MLB season.

By Glen Sparks

  • Cincinnati’s Cy Seymour leads the National League with a .377 batting average and 121 RBI. The lefty batter from Albany, N.Y., also tops the NL in hits (219), doubles (40), triples (21) and slugging percentage (.559) in by far his best season in baseball.
  • Seymour’s teammate, Fred Odwell, rips nine homers to lead the league. The outfielder did not make his MLB debut until 1904, when he was 31. He retires after the 1907 season with 10 career home runs.
  • Elmer Flick, the American League leader in batting average, hits .308 for Cleveland. He also paces the league in triples (18), something he does three times in his 13-year career. Flick wins just one batting title in his career; he actually finishes with a higher lifetime average (.313) than he does in the year he tops the league.
  • Christy Mathewson enjoys another big year for the New York Giants. He goes 31-9 with a 1.28 ERA. The right-hander also throws eight shutouts and strikes out 206 batters.
  • Harry Davis of the Philadelphia A’s leads the league in home runs (8) for the second straight year. He goes on to top the league in 1906 and ’07 and retires with 75 round-trippers. The first baseman hits for the cycle on July 10, 1901.
  • Rube Waddell, Philly’s enigmatic flamethrower, tops the league with 287 strikeouts. He also leads in wins (27, a career high) and ERA (1.48). Waddell retires with five 20-win seasons in his Hall of Fame career.
  • Mathewson, Weldon Henry of the A’s, Frank Smith of the White Sox, and Bill Dineen of the Boston Americans all throw no-hitters.
  • Jack McCarthy ties an MLB record by starting three double plays in one game for the Cubs.
  • Archibald “Moonlight” Graham makes his MLB debut on June 29 for the Giants. Graham plays right field in the bottom of the eighth but never comes to bat in his only big-league game. His story is told in the book Shoeless Joe and the movie Field of Dreams.
  • The Giants beat the A’s in five games in the World Series. Mathewson goes 3-0 in three starts with a 0.00 ERA in 27 innings. He gives up 13 hits, strikes out 18 and walks just one.

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