1913 in a Box


Giants Checking In:

Tom Baker, Nursery, Texas

Clyde Castleman, Donelson, Tennessee

Ken Chase, Oneonta, New York

Mort Cooper, Atherton, Missouri

Tom Hafey, Berkeley, California

Bill Lohrman, Brooklyn, New York

Hal Luby, Blackfoot, Idaho

Red Lynn, Kenney, Texas

Buster Maynard, Henderson, North Carolina

Johnny Mize, Demorest, Georgia

Ken O’Dea, Lima, New York

Manny Salvo, Sacramento, California


Giants Checking Out:

Jack Boyle, Cincinnati, Ohio

Elmer Cleveland, Zimmerman, Pennsylvania

Roscoe Miller, Corydon, Indiana

Hal O’Hagan, Newark, New Jersey

Dan Shannon, Bridgeport, Connecticut


Record:  101-51, 1st in the National League, 12.5 games ahead of Philadelphia

Runs Scored:  684, 3rd in the National League

Runs Allowed:  515, 1st in the National League

Pythagorean Record:  95-57, (684 runs scored, 515 runs allowed) 1st in the National League

Postseason:  Lost World Series, 4-1, to Philadelphia Athletics

General Manager:  John McGraw

Manager:  John McGraw (12th season, 1082-648, .625, through 1913)

Ballpark:  Polo Grounds V    Attendance:  630,000 (1st in the National League)

Park Factors:  Batting – 103, Pitching – 100  (Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers)


Days in First Place:  102, last on October 4

Best Month:  July, 25-6, .806

Worst Month:  May,12-12, .500

Largest Margin of Victory:  beat Philadelphia, 10-0, July 1 at the Baker Bowl

beat Chicago, 14-4, July 11 at the Polo Grounds

beat Philadelphia, 13-3, October 3 at the Polo Grounds

Largest Margin of Defeat:   lost to Boston, 8-0, April 10 at the Polo Grounds

lost to St. Louis, 8-0, May 20 at the Polo Grounds

lost to Pittsburgh, 9-1, August 6 at Forbes Field

lost to Pittsburgh, 8-0, September 13 at Forbes Field

lost to Boston, 8-0, September 30 at South End Grounds

Longest Winning Streak:  14, June 26 to July 9

Longest Losing Streak:  5, April 30 to May 5

Longest Game:    14 innings, May 19, beat Pittsburgh, 3-2

14 innings, May 29, beat Philadelphia, 7-6

14 innings, September 1, beat Boston, 2-1


Loved to Face:  Cincinnati, 17-5, .773

Hated to Face:  Boston, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, 14-8 against each, .636 (yes, the Giants dominated all)


Most Home Runs:  Larry Doyle, 5; Tillie Shafer, 5

Highest OBP:  John “Chief” Meyers, .387

Highest OPS+:  John “Chief” Meyers, 127

Most Stolen Bases:  George Burns, 40

Highest Position Player WAR:  Art Fletcher, 4.6


Most Innings Pitched:  Christy Mathewson, 306

Most Strikeouts by a Pitcher:  Rube Marquard, 151

Best Starter ERA+:  Christy Mathewson, 152

Best Reliever ERA+:  Hooks Wiltse, 202

Highest Pitcher WAR:  Christy Mathewson,6.9

Complete Games:  82

Shutouts:  11


Hall of Famers:  Christy Mathewson, Rube Marquard and, of course, John McGraw.


Career Best Seasons:  Tillie Shafer, Al Demaree

Career Worst Season:  Jim Thorpe


Rookies of Note:  Rube Schauer, Ferdie Schupp, Jim Thorpe

Say Hello To: Art Fromme, Eddie Grant, Rube Schauer, Ferdie Schupp, Jim Thorpe

Say Goodbye To:  Red Ames, Doc Crandall, Josh Devore, Buck Herzog (for a few years, at any rate), Heinie Groh (he’d be back, too)


Playing Time:

Youngsters (25 or under):  2,690 PAs (45.9%);  416.2 IP (29.3%)  OF John Merritt, 18, is youngest

Prime (26-29):  2,403 PAs (41.0%);   600 IP (42.2%)

Past-Prime (30-33):  768 PAs (13.1%)   405.1 IP (28.5%)  P Hooks Wiltse, 33, is oldest

Old Timers (34+):  0 PAs (0%)   0 IP (0%)



Chief (John Meyers)

Bonehead (Fred Merkle)

Laughing Larry (Larry Doyle)

Red (John Murray)

Snow (Fred Snodgrass)

Tillie (Arthur Shafer)

Moose (Harry McCormick)

Harvard Eddie (Eddie Grant)

Big Six (Christy Mathewson)

Rube (Richard Marquard)

Hooks (George Wiltse)


Key Transaction:  Signed Jim Thorpe as an amateur free agent in February.

Top Prospect:  Charles Victor “Victory” Faust, though not a prospect, was the Giants’ good-luck charm throughout the 1911-13 seasons.  See the essay at www.

Interesting Fact:  A hardy bunch, Giant batters were struck by 63 pitched balls, 19 more than the runner-up St. Louis Cardinals.






What Went Right:  From June 26 to July 23, the Giants won 14 of 17, all but wrapping up the pennant.  Pitching and speed (296 stolen bases) made what was otherwise an ordinary ball club (the hitters had a 99 OPS+) into a pennant-winner for the third year in a row.  The hitters, in addition to their speed, had an important skill going for them.  For the tenth season in a row, the Giants led the National League in on-base percentage (.338).  (They would do so again in 1914 to make it eleven straight.)


What Went Wrong:  The Philadelphia Phillies led the league for nearly half the season, and at one point McGraw remarked contemptuously, “If a team like the Phillies can win a pennant in the National League, then the league is a joke.”  Clearly worried though, and in an effort to bolster his pitching, McGraw made one of his poorest trades.  He exchanged outfielder Josh Devore, pitcher Red Ames, and utility infielder Henry “Heinie” Groh for Cincinnati pitcher Art Fromme.  By doing so, he gave up 52.2 in future WAR for the 0 they would receive from Fromme over three seasons before his retirement.  In fact, McGraw would spend years trying to get Groh back the Reds until he succeeded in doing so after the 1921 season.



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