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1903 New York Highlanders season

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1903 New York Highlanders
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)William Devery and Frank Farrell
Manager(s)Clark Griffith
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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.

New Name

The media dubbed the team as "Highlanders", due in part to playing at one of the highest points on Manhattan ("The Hilltop"), which was somewhat higher in altitude than the bulk of Manhattan and was considerably "uphill" from the Polo Grounds, the Giants' established home, which sat in the bottomland in Coogan's Hollow, a few blocks east and south of the Hilltop.

"Highlanders" was also originally short for "Gordon's Highlanders", a play on the name of the team President during 1903–1906, Joseph Gordon, along with the noted British military unit called The Gordon Highlanders. The club was also derisively called "Invaders" in 1903, presumably by writers favorable to the Giants.

The New York press was creative with analogous nicknames for teams. In addition to "Highlanders", the team would soon acquire the alternate nickname "Yankees", the name that would soon become official and more famous among baseball fans in the coming decades. That word is a synonym for "American" in general, and short for American Leaguers or "Americans" in this case. Given the media's penchant for citing popular culture, that nickname was also possibly influenced by the then-current and hugely popular America-centric George M. Cohan Broadway play, "Little Johnny Jones", and its centerpiece song, "Yankee Doodle Dandy". New York writers had similarly coined both the established nickname Brooklyn "[Trolley] Dodgers" and the nickname "Superbas" that the denizens of Flatbush carried for a while. As with the Highlanders, the latter was based on something unrelated, namely a circus act called "Hanlon's Superbas"; the Dodgers were managed by Ned Hanlon at that time.

Offseason

Regular season

The 1903 New York Highlanders
The 1903 New York Highlanders

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Americans 91 47 0.659 49–20 42–27
Philadelphia Athletics 75 60 0.556 14½ 44–21 31–39
Cleveland Naps 77 63 0.550 15 49–25 28–38
New York Highlanders 72 62 0.537 17 41–26 31–36
Detroit Tigers 65 71 0.478 25 37–28 28–43
St. Louis Browns 65 74 0.468 26½ 38–32 27–42
Chicago White Stockings 60 77 0.438 30½ 41–28 19–49
Washington Senators 43 94 0.314 47½ 29–40 14–54

Record vs. opponents

1903 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BOS CWS CLE DET NY PHI STL WSH
Boston 14–6 12–8 10–9–1 13–7 13–6 14–6 15–5–2
Chicago 6–14 10–10 10–9 7–11–1 6–14 9–11 12–8
Cleveland 8–12 10–10 9–11 14–6 9–11 11–9 16–4
Detroit 9–10–1 9–10 11–9 10–9 11–9 6–14 9–10
New York 7–13 11–7–1 6–14 9–10 10–8–1 15–5 14–5
Philadelphia 6–13 14–6 11–9 9–11 8–10–1 11–8 16–3–1
St. Louis 6–14 11–9 9–11 14–6 5–15 8–11 12–8
Washington 5–15–2 8–12 4–16 10–9 5–14 3–16–1 8–12

Roster

1903 New York Highlanders
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
C Monte Beville 82 258 50 .194 0 29
1B John Ganzel 129 476 132 .277 3 71
2B Jimmy Williams 132 502 134 .267 3 82
3B Wid Conroy 126 503 137 .272 1 45
SS Kid Elberfeld 90 349 100 .287 0 45
OF Willie Keeler 132 512 160 .313 0 32
OF Herm McFarland 103 362 88 .243 5 45
OF Lefty Davis 104 372 88 .237 0 25

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
Dave Fultz 79 295 66 .224 0 25
Jack O'Connor 64 212 43 .203 0 12
Herman Long 22 80 15 .188 0 8
Ernie Courtney 25 79 21 .266 1 8
Pat McCauley 6 19 1 .053 0 1
Jack Zalusky 7 16 5 .313 0 1
Paddy Greene 4 13 4 .308 0 0
Tim Jordan 2 8 1 .125 0 0
Fred Holmes 1 0 0 ---- 0 0

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
Jack Chesbro 40 324.2 21 15 2.77 147
Jesse Tannehill 32 239.2 15 15 3.27 106
Clark Griffith 25 213 14 11 2.70 69
Barney Wolfe 20 148.1 6 9 2.97 48
John Deering 9 60 4 3 3.75 14
Snake Wiltse 4 25 0 3 5.40 6
Eddie Quick 1 2 0 0 9.00 0

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
Harry Howell 25 155.2 9 6 3.53 62
Ambrose Puttmann 3 19 2 0 0.95 8
Doc Adkins 2 7 0 0 7.71 0

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
Elmer Bliss 1 1 0 0 0.00 3

Notes

References

This page was last edited on 16 January 2019, at 15:58
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