1903 Major League Baseball season

The 1903 Major League Baseball season, saw the relocation of the Baltimore Orioles to New York City, and become the Highlanders, the last relocation in MLB until 1953, when the Boston Braves moved to Milwaukee, along with the playing of the first modern World Series with the Boston Americans defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates.[1]

1903 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationApril 16 – October 13, 1903
Pennant Winners
AL championsBoston Americans
  AL runners-upPhiladelphia Athletics
NL championsPittsburgh Pirates
  NL runners-upNew York Giants
World Series
ChampionsBoston Americans
  Runners-upPittsburgh Pirates

Major league baseball final standings

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st Boston Americans 91 47 .659     –
2nd Philadelphia Athletics 75 60 .556 14.5
3rd Cleveland Naps 77 63 .550 15.0
4th New York Highlanders 72 62 .537 17.0
5th Detroit Tigers 65 71 .478 25.0
6th St. Louis Browns 65 74 .468 26.5
7th Chicago White Stockings 60 77 .438 30.5
8th Washington Senators 43 94 .314 47.5
National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st Pittsburgh Pirates 91 49 .650     –
2nd New York Giants 84 55 .604  6.5
3rd Chicago Cubs 82 56 .594  8.0
4th Cincinnati Reds 74 65 .532 16.5
5th Brooklyn Superbas 70 66 .515 19.0
6th Boston Beaneaters 58 80 .420 32.0
7th Philadelphia Phillies 49 86 .363 39.5
8th St. Louis Cardinals 43 94 .314 46.5


Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Pittsburgh Pirates – 7, Boston Americans – 3 October 1 Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds 16,242
2 Pittsburgh Pirates – 0, Boston Americans – 3 October 2 Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds 9,415
3 Pittsburgh Pirates – 4, Boston Americans – 2 October 3 Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds 18,801
4 Boston Americans – 4, Pittsburgh Pirates – 5 October 6 Exposition Park III 7,600
5 Boston Americans – 11, Pittsburgh Pirates – 2 October 7 Exposition Park III 12,322
6 Boston Americans – 6, Pittsburgh Pirates – 3 October 8 Exposition Park III 11,556
7 Boston Americans – 7, Pittsburgh Pirates – 3 October 10 Exposition Park III 17,038
8 Pittsburgh Pirates – 0, Boston Americans – 3 October 13 Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds 7,455

"Battle of Ohio"

The Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Naps played an unofficial best of 11-game exhibition series after the regular season, with Cleveland winning the series six games to three.[2]

League Leaders[3]

Note: AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; BB = Walks; SO = Strike outs; SB = Stolen bases; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; CG = Complete games; SH = Shutouts; IP = Innings pitched; K = Strike outs


Stat Player Team
AB – 579 Patsy Dougherty Americans
R – 101 Patsy Dougherty Americans
H – 184 Patsy Dougherty Americans
2B – 45 Socks Seybold Athletics
3B – 25 Sam Crawford Tigers
HR – 13 Buck Freeman Americans
RBI – 104 Buck Freeman Americans
BB – 70 Jimmy Barrett Tigers
SO – 0 Buck Freeman Americans
SB – 40 Harry Bay Naps


Stat Player Team
W – 28 Cy Young Americans
L – 22 Patsy Flaherty White Sox
ERA – 1.74 Earl Moore Naps
CG – 34 William Edward Donovan, Cy Young, Rube Waddell Tigers, Americans, Athletics
SH – 7 Cy Young Americans
IP – 341.2 Cy Young Americans
K – 187 Rube Waddell Athletics


American League

Team Manager Comments
Baltimore Orioles John McGraw
Wilbert Robinson
Boston Americans Jimmy Collins
Chicago White Stockings Clark Griffith
Cleveland Bluebirds Bill Armour
Detroit Tigers Frank Dwyer
Philadelphia Athletics Connie Mack
St. Louis Browns Jimmy McAleer
Washington Senators Tom Loftus

National League

Team Manager Comments
Boston Beaneaters Al Buckenberger
Brooklyn Superbas Ned Hanlon
Chicago Cubs Frank Selee
Cincinnati Reds Joe Kelley
New York Giants John McGraw
Philadelphia Phillies Chief Zimmer
Pittsburgh Pirates Fred Clarke
St. Louis Cardinals Patsy Donovan



  1. ^ "History of the World Series – 1903". SportingNews.com. Archived from the original on August 13, 2006. Retrieved September 3, 2006.
  2. ^ Rhodes, Greg (2007). Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame Highlights: Memorable Moments in Team History As Heard on the Reds Radio Network. United States: Clerisy Press. p. 251. ISBN 9781578603008.
  3. ^ http://thebaseballcube.com/leagues/1903/MLB-AL.shtml
  4. ^ Mackin, Bob (2004). The Unofficial Guide to Baseball's Most Unusual Records. Canada: Greystone Books. p. 240. ISBN 9781553650386..

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1903 Boston Americans season

The 1903 Boston Americans season was the third season for the professional baseball franchise that later became known as the Boston Red Sox. The Americans finished first in the American League (AL) with a record of 91 wins and 47 losses, ​14 1⁄2 games ahead of the Philadelphia Athletics. Boston went on to participate in the first World Series held between the AL and National League (NL) champions. The Americans won the 1903 World Series in eight games over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The team was managed by Jimmy Collins and played their home games at Huntington Avenue Grounds.

1903 Boston Beaneaters season

The 1903 Boston Beaneaters season was the 33rd season of the franchise. The team finished sixth in the National League with a record of 58–80, 32 games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates.

1903 Brooklyn Superbas season

The 1903 Brooklyn Superbas season was a season in Major League Baseball. The Superbas began their slide from contention in the National League by finishing in fifth place.

1903 Chicago Cubs season

The 1903 Chicago Cubs season was the 32nd season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 28th in the National League and the 11th at West Side Park. The Cubs finished third in the National League with a record of 82–56.

1903 Cincinnati Reds season

The 1903 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The team finished fourth in the National League with a record of 74–65, 16½ games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates.

1903 Cleveland Naps season

The 1903 Cleveland Naps season was the third Major League Baseball season for the Cleveland American League team. After two seasons as the Bluebirds – unofficially known as the Blues in 1901 and the Bronchos (or Broncos) in 1902 – the team was renamed for the 1903 season in honor of star second baseman Nap Lajoie. The team finished third in the league with a record of 77–63, 15 games behind the Boston Americans.

1903 Detroit Tigers season

1903 was the third year for the Detroit Tigers in the still-new American League. The team finished in fifth place with a record or 65–71 (.478), 25 games behind the Boston Americans. The 1903 Tigers outscored their opponents 567 to 539. The team's attendance at Bennett Park was 224,523, sixth out of the eight teams in the AL.

1903 New York Giants season

The 1903 New York Giants season was the franchise's 21st season. The team finished in second place in the National League with an 84–55 record, 6.5 games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates.

1903 New York Highlanders season

The New York Highlanders' 1903 season finished with the team in 4th place in the American League with a record of 72–62. The team was managed by Clark Griffith and played its home games at Hilltop Park (formally "American League Park"). The season began with the Baltimore Orioles relocating to New York in what would be a first of many seasons in the city. The club was at first officially the "Greater New York" baseball club, in deference to the established New York Giants, which were based in the Polo Grounds. This was the first winning season for the franchise that would be later known as the now-storied New York Yankees.

1903 Philadelphia Athletics season

The 1903 Philadelphia Athletics season was a season in American baseball. The team finished 2nd in the American League with a record of 75 wins and 60 losses, 14½ games behind the Boston Americans.

1903 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1903 Philadelphia Phillies season was a season in American baseball. The team finished seventh in the National League with a record of 49–86, 39½ games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates.

1903 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 1903 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 22nd year the Pittsburgh Pirates played in Major League Baseball. The club finished their season as National League champions, beating the second-place New York Giants by 6½ games. They went on to participate in the 1903 World Series, the first to be played between the champions of the National League and American League. The Pirates started off well, winning 3 of the first four games, but the Boston Americans won the last four straight to win the series five games to three. The Pirates set a record of 52 consecutive innings without allowing the opposing team to score a run, a record that still stands today.

1903 St. Louis Browns season

The 1903 St. Louis Browns season was a season in American baseball. The team finished sixth in the American League with a record of 65 wins and 74 losses, 26½ games behind the Boston Americans.

1903 St. Louis Cardinals season

The 1903 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 22nd season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 12th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 43–94 during the season and finished 8th in the National League.

1903 Washington Senators season

The 1903 Washington Senators won 43 games, lost 94, and finished in eighth place in the American League. They were managed by Tom Loftus and played home games at National Park.

Washington had finished in sixth place in each of the previous two seasons (the first two seasons of the American League's existence). However, they fell to eighth and last in 1903. Their only star player, Big Ed Delahanty, got drunk and fell off a bridge into Niagara Falls midway through the season.

The Senators' pitching had always been bad, and indeed, they would allow the most runs in the AL, but without Delahanty the offense sputtered to a halt. Their collective batting average was .231, bad even for the dead-ball era, and no one drove in more than 49 runs.

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