1909 Chicago Cubs season

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1909 Chicago Cubs
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Owner(s) Charles Murphy
Manager(s) Frank Chance
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The 1909 Chicago Cubs season was the 37th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 34th in the National League and the 17th at West Side Park. The Cubs won 104 games but finished second in the National League, 6½ games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cubs had won the pennant the previous three years and would win it again in 1910.

The legendary infield of Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, Frank Chance, and Harry Steinfeldt was still intact, but it was the pitching staff that excelled. The Cubs pitchers had a collective earned run average of 1.75, a microscopic figure even for the dead-ball era. Three Finger Brown was one of the top two pitchers in the league (with Christy Mathewson) again, going 27–9 with a 1.31 ERA.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Pittsburg Pirates 110 42 0.724 56–21 54–21
Chicago Cubs 104 49 0.680 47–29 57–20
New York Giants 92 61 0.601 18½ 44–33 48–28
Cincinnati Reds 77 76 0.503 33½ 39–38 38–38
Philadelphia Phillies 74 79 0.484 36½ 40–37 34–42
Brooklyn Superbas 55 98 0.359 55½ 34–45 21–53
St. Louis Cardinals 54 98 0.355 56 26–48 28–50
Boston Doves 45 108 0.294 65½ 27–47 18–61


Record vs. opponents

1909 National League Records

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Team BOS BR CHC CIN NYG PHI PIT STL
Boston 11–11 1–21 5–17 8–14–2 10–12 1–20 9–13
Brooklyn 11–11 5–16 5–17–1 7–15 11–11 4–18 12–10–1
Chicago 21–1 16–5 16–6 11–11–1 16–6 9–13 15–7–1
Cincinnati 17–5 17–5–1 6–16 9–13–1 9–12–1 7–15–1 12–10
New York 14–8–2 15–7 11–11–1 13–9–1 12–10 11–11–1 16–5
Philadelphia 12–10 11–11 6–16 12–9–1 10–12 7–15 16–6
Pittsburg 20–1 18–4 13–9 15–7–1 11–11–1 15–7 18–3
St. Louis 13–9 10–12–1 7–15–1 10–12 5–16 6–16 3–18


Roster

1909 Chicago Cubs
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

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

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
1B Chance, FrankFrank Chance 93 324 88 .272 0 46
2B Evers, JohnnyJohnny Evers 127 463 122 .263 1 24
SS Tinker, JoeJoe Tinker 143 516 132 .256 4 57

Other batters

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

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Zimmerman, HeinieHeinie Zimmerman 65 183 50 .273 0 21
Stanley, JoeJoe Stanley 22 52 7 .135 0 2

Pitching

Starting pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Brown, MordecaiMordecai Brown 50 342.2 27 9 1.31 172
Overall, OrvalOrval Overall 38 285 20 11 1.42 205
Reulbach, EdEd Reulbach 35 262.2 19 10 1.78 105
Brown, RayRay Brown 1 9 1 0 2.00 2
Cole, KingKing Cole 1 9 1 0 0.00 1
Coakley, AndyAndy Coakley 1 2 0 1 18.00 1

Other pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Hagerman, RipRip Hagerman 13 79 4 4 1.82 32

Relief pitchers

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO

Awards and honors

League top five finishers

Mordecai Brown

  • NL leader in wins (27)
  • #2 in NL in ERA (1.31)
  • #4 in NL in strikeouts (172)

Orval Overall

  • MLB leader in strikeouts (205)
  • #3 in NL in ERA (1.42)

Notes

References