1903 Boston Americans
1903 Boston Americans / Franchise: Boston Red Sox / BR Team Page
Clinched Pennant: September 17, 1903 Cleveland Naps
World Series Champs
Managed by Jimmy Collins
History, Comments, Contributions
The 1903 Boston Americans won the first World Series.
A number of sources claim that the team was known as the "Boston Pilgrims", but it was not so. One or two newspapers did occasionally used the name "Pilgrims" in 1907. However, the team actually never had a name but was most commonly referred to as the "Bostons" or the "Americans." In December 1908, the team was officially named the Boston Red Sox.
Before winning the World Series, Boston won its first American League pennant that season. They did it by having the best offence in the league, combined with a solid pitching staff that for the first time was not just a one-man show by the great Cy Young. Off course, Young had a great year, going 28-9 with an ERA of 2.08 in 341 2/3 innings, but the team was also great when he wasn't on the mound, going 63-38 in games in which he was not involved in the decision. The support staff included two twenty-game winners in Bill Dinneen (21-13) and Long Tom Hughes (20-7). Two other pitchers saw regular action - Norwood Gibson (13-9) and George Winter (9-8) - while young Nick Altrock, who was sold to the Chicago White Sox on July 2nd, was the only other man to take the mound all season, making one losing start on June 30th.
|New York Highlanders||72||62||2||17||.537|
|St. Louis Browns||65||74||0||26½||.468|
|Chicago White Sox||60||77||1||30½||.438|
|1||October 1||Pittsburgh Pirates||7||Boston Americans||3||0-1||16,242|
|2||October 2||Pittsburgh Pirates||0||Boston Americans||3||1-1||9,415|
|3||October 3||Pittsburgh Pirates||4||Boston Americans||2||1-2||18,801|
|4||October 6||Boston Americans||4||Pittsburgh Pirates||5||1-3||7,600|
|5||October 7||Boston Americans||11||Pittsburgh Pirates||2||2-3||12,322|
|6||October 8||Boston Americans||6||Pittsburgh Pirates||3||3-3||11,556|
|7||October 10||Boston Americans||7||Pittsburgh Pirates||3||4-3||17,038|
|8||October 13||Pittsburgh Pirates||0||Boston Americans||3||5-3||7,455|
- Roger I. Abrams: The First World Series and the Baseball Fanatics of 1903, Northeastern University Press, Boston, MA, 2003. ISBN 978-1555535612
- Boston Almanac "Baseball History in 1903 American League