1911 Detroit Tigers
1911 Detroit Tigers / Franchise: Detroit Tigers / BR Team Page
Managed by Hughie Jennings
History, Comments, Contributions
The 1911 Detroit Tigers got off to a great start, winning 27 of their first 32 games. On May 19th, they had a 9 1/2 game lead over their closest pursuants, the Chicago White Sox and were 12 games in front of the defending champions, the Philadelphia Athletics, who were playing below .500 at that early point. But the A's soon went on a tear, and by July 4th, the Tigers were trailing them by half a game. Detroit finally reacted by winning 13 of its next 14 games, and by July 18th, they had once again built a nice lead, this one of 5 1/2 games. At that point, the great Ty Cobb was having a season that was completely off the charts, batting .445. And he was not alone, as Sam Crawford was at .379 and Jim Delahanty at .356.
However, this proved to be a high-water mark. The Tigers were below .500 the rest of the way and were eventually eliminated by the Athletics. Cobb couldn't maintain his otherworldly performance even though he finished with career highs in a number of categories, including runs scored (148), hits (248), doubles (47), triples (24), RBIs (135), batting average (.419) and slugging percentage (.620). Others who had been key contributors during the early days of the season, such as 1B Del Gainer and 3B George Moriarty, were injured, and SS Donie Bush unexplainably batted just .213 during that stretch. Worst off was rookie P Ed Lafitte, who went from a 10-2, 3.70 through July 18, and 1-6, 10.57 afterwards.
|Boston Red Sox||78||75||.510||24|
|Chicago White Sox||77||74||.510||24|
|New York Highlanders||76||76||.500||25½|
|St. Louis Browns||45||107||.296||56½|
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