All-Decade Team

1900s All-Decade Team

This is when the modern game, the one we know today consisting of the American and National League was born. It was 1901 when Ban Johnson made the AL a serious competitor of its big brother the NL. They quickly learned that not only was it better to play nice but they found they could thrive. The World Series was initiated and became a hit. With very few exceptions the game was dominated by the men on the mound. Honus Wagner might be the sole hitting star who played for the entire decade. We saw the beginnings of all-time great careers like Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, and Christy Mathewson. This decade is the initial chapter in a story that is still being written.

  • Catcher, Roger Bresnahan


  • Roger Bresnahan Batting Statistics
    WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    27.8 772 2,555 449 737 130 33 14 292 123 440 227 .288 .403 .382 .785

    • First Base, Frank Chance


    • Frank Chance Batting Statistics
      WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
      39.2 981 3,399 621 1,019 163 60 17 488 351 446 256 .300 .396 .398 .794

      • Second Base, Nap Lajoie


      • Nap Lajoie Batting Statistics
        WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
        65.1 1,122 4,344 711 1,509 328 75 40 701 180 253 155 .347 .391 .485 .876

        • Third Base, Art Devlin


        • Art Devlin Batting Statistics
          WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
          30.3 874 3,013 412 812 106 37 8 347 229 392 240 .269 .366 .337 .703

          • Shortstop, Honus Wagner


          • Honus Wagner Batting Statistics
            WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
            79.3 1,256 4,727 907 1,646 327 126 47 856 449 477 321 .348 .415 .501 .915

            • Outfield, Mike Donlin


            • Mike Donlin Batting Statistics
              WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
              25.0 725 2,803 516 950 133 75 29 395 162 236 205 .339 .394 .471 .865

              • Outfield, Elmer Flick


              • Elmer Flick Batting Statistics
                WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
                38.0 1,060 4,046 657 1,231 196 123 26 460 240 403 460 .304 .375 .433 .808

                • Outfield, Sam Crawford


                • Sam Crawford Batting Statistics
                  WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
                  43.2 1,309 5,082 745 1,576 248 152 50 743 176 362 329 .310 .358 .448 .806

                  • Starting Pitcher, Christy Mathewson


                  • Christy Mathewson Pitching Statistics
                    WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
                    68.0 383 344 236 109 1.94 2,941 281 61 16 920 635 624 1,784 5.5 1.028

                    • Starting Pitcher, Mordecai Brown


                    • Mordecai Brown Pitching Statistics
                      WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
                      38.6 246 195 144 65 1.63 1,827.2 170 41 19 517 331 356 799 3.9 0.984

                      • Starting Pitcher, Addie Joss


                      • Addie Joss Pitching Statistics
                        WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
                        43.5 273 248 155 92 1.87 2,219.2 225 44 5 695 461 346 871 3.5 0.963

                        • Starting Pitcher, Cy Young


                        • Cy Young Pitching Statistics
                          WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
                          69.4 362 331 211 127 2.02 3,022.2 305 41 9 982 680 358 1,450 4.3 0.983

                          • Starting Pitcher, Rube Waddell


                          • Rube Waddell Pitching Statistics
                            WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
                            55.4 356 306 175 126 2.09 2,626.2 235 47 3 904 611 717 2,121 7.3 1.098

                            Honorable Mention

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  1. The 1900s has the best keystone combo with Wagner and LaJoie as obvious choices. This is the greatest decade for pitching; the list goes 20 deep. There’s only one great catcher in this era, Roger Bresnahan is the first great super-sub.

    C Johnny Kling

    1B Harry Davis
    2B Napoleon LaJoie
    3B Bill Bradley. Before his back injury.
    SS Honus Wagner

    LF Jimmy Sheckard
    CF Roy Thomas
    RF Sam Crawford

    SP Christy Mathewson
    SP Cy Young
    SP Addie Joss
    SP Doc White
    SP Mordecai Brown
    SP Eddie Plank

    RP Doc Crandell

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  2. Cy Seymour should be in CF – .311, 43 HR, 685 RBI, 197 SB, 127 OPS+, and 31.8 WAR in the decade…and a batting title; Thomas’ numbers are inflated by a single stat (BB).

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    • On most days, I agree with you. Cy Seymour was a great player. He started out as a pitcher and became the best offensive CF of the decade. His 1905 season was exceptional.

      OF was a hard decision. On any given day, I go back and forth on Cy Seymour, Ginger Beaumont, Fielder Jones and Roy Thomas in CF. On this day, I chose Thomas for his superior defense. However, any of these are just as good choices. I go back and forth in LF too. I considered Fred Clarke, Sherry Magee and Jimmy Sheckard. Sheckard was one of the greatest leadoff hitters and also a great defensive LF. Moreover, I just like him. In RF, I looked at Elmer Flick, Willie Keeler and Socks Seybold. Sam Crawford was known as a RF but, he was the regular CF during all three of Detroit’s World Series appearance. He needs to be on this team.

      In truth, most days I have LF Fred Clarke, CF Cy Seymour and RF Sam Crawford on the all-decade team.

      There were a few players such as George Stone, Mike Donlin and Jimmy Barrett who had 2-3 great seasons but, short careers to add to the greatest decade team.

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