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    Jack Chesbro AL 1901-1909

    Second Team, Pitcher, Jack Chesbro

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Chesbro

    John Dwight Chesbro (June 5, 1874 – November 6, 1931) was a Major League Baseball pitcher at the turn of the 20th century. He was the last major league pitcher to win 40 games or more in a single season until Ed Walsh did it in 1908. Chesbro was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946.
    [edit] Playing career

    Nicknamed "Happy Jack", Chesbro, a spitballer (spitballs were legal until 1920), broke into the majors in 1899 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He had a 21-10 record with a 2.38 ERA in 1901 and a 28-6 record with a 2.17 ERA in 1902. His 28 wins led the National League.

    In 1903 Chesbro moved to the newly formed New York Highlanders (soon to be New York Yankees) and pitched the franchise's first game. He finished the season with a 21-15 record.

    In 1904, he had one of the finest years in the history of pitching, winning 41 games. He started 51 games and finished 48 while posting a 1.82 ERA, 239 strikeouts, and 454.7 innings. He nearly led the Highlanders to the 1904 American League pennant over the Boston Americans, but lost the last game of the season when one of his spitballs got away from him in the top of the ninth. Boston scored on the resulting wild pitch, and the Highlanders were shut out in the bottom frame.

    His 41 wins are the most ever for a modern-era baseball season. In addition to his 51 starts, he also made 4 relief appearances, getting a decision in 96% of them, for a record of 41-12. Under current playing practices, where teams typically maintain a four- or five-man pitching rotation, his record is virtually unbreakable: the only pitcher since World War II to win 30 or more games in a season was Denny McLain who went 31-6 in 1968.

    Chesbro stayed with the Highlanders until the middle of 1909, when he moved to the Boston Red Sox.

    Chesbro retired in 1909 while playing for the Red Sox, having accumulated a 198-132 career record and been part of two pennant-winning teams (in 1901 and 1902).

    Teams

    Pittsburgh Pirates (1899-1902)
    New York Highlanders (1903-1909)
    Boston Red Sox (1909)

    Career highlights and awards

    National League pennant: 1901, 1902
    National League wins champion: 1902
    American League wins champion: 1904
    Two-time National League shutout leader
    Five 20-win seasons

    HOF, 1946, Veterans Committee
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  2. #22

    Doc White AL 1901-1909

    Second Team, Pitcher, Doc White

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doc_White

    Guy Harris "Doc" White (April 9, 1879 - February 19, 1969) was an American left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball. He played for two teams, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Chicago White Sox, during his career which lasted from 1901 to 1913.

    Born in Washington, D.C., "Doc" White was a graduate of a dental school in Georgetown.[1] He started his professional baseball career in 1901 with the Phillies. In 1903, he jumped to the White Sox of the new American League.

    From 1903 to 1906, White won at least 16 games each year; his earned run average was in the league's top four each year, as well. He led the league in ERA in 1906 with a 1.52 mark and went 18-6. That year, the White Sox won the pennant and their first World Series.

    The following season, White set a career-high in wins with 27. He pitched effectively for Chicago until 1912, had an off-year in 1913, and then went to the Pacific Coast League from 1914-1915.[2]

    White also gained some recognition as a composer, publishing at least four songs (such as bestseller "Little Puff of Smoke, Good Night" in 1910) with his co-writer Ring Lardner, who was a sportswriter in Chicago during that period.[1]

    White died at age 89 in Silver Spring, Maryland, just eight months after witnessing Don Drysdale surpass his record of 45 consecutive scoreless innings on June 4, 1968.

    Teams

    Philadelphia Phillies (1901-1902)
    Chicago White Sox (1903-1913)

    Career highlights and awards

    World Series champion: 1906
    16th-best career ERA (2.39) in Major League history
    American League ERA champion: 1906
    American League wins champion: 1907
    One 20-win season
    Four sub-2.00 ERA seasons
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  3. #23

    Jack Powell AL 1901-1909

    Second Team, Pitcher, Jack Powell

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Powell_%28baseball%29

    John Joseph Powell (July 9, 1874 – October 17, 1944) was a Major League Baseball pitcher around the turn of the 19th and 20th century. He had a relatively successful 16-year career, which lasted from 1897 to 1912, as he won 245 games although he also lost 254 games, so despite his sparking 2.97 career ERA, he holds the record for most wins by a pitcher with a career losing record.

    Powell was born in Bloomington, Illinois. He made his debut with the Cleveland Spiders in 1897, and by 1898 he became one of the best pitchers on the team. His 23 wins trailed only teammate Cy Young. He was one of the star players sold to the St. Louis Browns before the 1899 season. He won 23 games again that year, which was three more than the Spiders had all year. After three successful seasons, he was lured to the new American League in 1902, where he pitched for the St. Louis Browns.

    Powell was traded to the New York Highlanders before the 1904 season, where he went 23–19. However, after an 8–13 start in 1905, he was traded back to the Browns. By this time the Browns had become one of the worst teams in the league. He had a 2.50 ERA over the last seven years of his career, but posted a 78–106 record. This was due partially to low run support, and partially to poor defense. Of the 619 runs he allowed in these seven years, 189 of them were unearned.[1]

    Powell retired after the 1912 season. He died in Chicago in 1944.

    Teams

    Cleveland Spiders (1897–1898)
    St. Louis Perfectos/Cardinals (1899–1901)
    St. Louis Browns (1902–1903, 1905–1912)
    New York Highlanders (1903–1904)

    Career highlights and awards

    8th-most losses in Major League history (254)
    15th-most complete games in Major League history (422)
    4 20-win seasons
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  4. #24

    Billy Sullivan AL 1901-1909

    Third Team, Catcher, Billy Sullivan

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_S...%28baseball%29

    William Joseph Sullivan, Sr. (February 1, 1875 in Oakland, Wisconsin – January 28, 1965 in Newberg, Oregon) was a catcher in Major League Baseball for the Boston Beaneaters (1899-1900), Chicago White Sox (1901-1914), and Detroit Tigers (1916).

    Sullivan was a poor hitter, but an excellent defensive catcher.

    His son Billy Jr. also became a major league catcher.

    Career statistics
    Batting average .213
    Home runs 21
    Runs batted in 378
    Teams

    Boston Beaneaters (1899–1900)
    Chicago White Sox (1901–12, 1914)
    Detroit Tigers (1916)
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  5. #25

    John Anderson AL 1901-1909

    Third Team, First Baseman, John Anderson

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_An...8outfielder%29

    John Joseph Anderson (December 14, 1873 in Sarpsborg, Norway – July 23, 1949) was a former Major League outfielder and first baseman. Nicknamed "Honest John", Anderson played for six seasons in the National League from 1894 to 1899 and then in the American League from 1900 to 1908.

    Anderson was born in Sarpsborg, Norway; he was the first of only three Major League baseball players to have ever been born in the country. He first appeared in the National League in 1894, when he signed with the Brooklyn Grooms. He spent the next three full seasons with Brooklyn and was primarily used as an outfielder, and batted over .300 in both 1896 and 1897.

    During the 1898 season, he was sold to the Washington Senators, only to be sold back to Brooklyn four months later. Nevertheless, he managed to have one of his best seasons, leading the National League with 22 triples and also leading the league in slugging percentage and extra-base hits. Anderson stayed in Brooklyn for the 1899 before being purchased by the Milwaukee Brewers of the newly-formed American League.

    Anderson was one of the league's best hitters in the AL's first year as a Major League in 1901. (In 1900, the American League was still considered a minor league.) As the Brewers' first baseman, he finished second in the league in base hits and doubles, trailing only Nap Lajoie in both categories, ranked third in runs batted in behind Lajoie and Buck Freeman, and was sixth in the league with a .330 average.

    He stayed with the franchise when it relocated to St. Louis in 1902 to become the Browns. He played two seasons in St. Louis and recorded virtually identical .284 batting averages in those years.

    On September 24, 1903, Anderson tried to steal second base when the base was already occupied. This particular mistake was often referred to as a "John Anderson play" in the early part of the century.<oops

    Anderson was dealt to the New York Highlanders before the 1904 season in exchange for Jack O'Connor. He played one full season in New York and batted .278 with the club. He started the 1905 season in New York but was waived after a slow start. The Washington Senators (officially a different franchise from the team he played for in 1898) claimed him off of waivers, and he recovered to bat .279 on the season, good enough for ninth in the AL in the midst of the dead-ball era.

    He remained in Washington for the next two seasons. In 1906, Anderson tied for the American League lead in stolen bases with Elmer Flick. He left Washington after his contract was purchased by the Chicago White Sox for the 1908 season. He played for one season with the Pale Hose to end his career in the Major Leagues.

    Anderson retired with a .290 career average, 49 home runs, and 976 runs batted in. He also finished his career with 124 triples, currently tying him for 90th place all-time in that category.

    He died at the age of 74 in Worcester, Massachusetts.

    Teams

    Brooklyn Grooms/Bridegrooms/Superbas (1894-1898, 1899)
    Washington Senators (1898)
    Milwaukee Brewers/St. Louis Browns (1901-1903)
    New York Highlanders (1904-1905)
    Washington Senators (1905-1907)
    Chicago White Sox (1908)

    Career highlights and awards

    Led NL in Slugging Percentage (.494), Triples (22) and Extra-Base Hits (64) in 1898
    American League stolen base champion: 1906
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  6. #26

    Danny Murphy

    Third Team, Second Baseman, Danny Murphy

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_M...ond_baseman%29

    Danny Murphy (August 11, 1876 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – November 22, 1955 in Jersey City, New Jersey) was a second baseman in Major League Baseball from 1900 to 1915.

    Teams

    New York Giants (1900-1901)
    Phiadelhia Athletics (1902-1913)
    Brooklyn Tip-Tops (1914-1915)

    Career highlights and awards

    World Series champion: 1910, 1911
    American League pennant: 1902
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  7. #27

    Wid Conroy AL 1901-1909

    Third Team, Third Baseman, Wid Conroy

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wid_Conroy

    William Edward "Wid" Conroy, was an American Major League Baseball player active during the first decade of the 20th century. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 5, 1877, Conroy made his major league debut on April 25, 1901 with the Milwaukee Brewers at the age of 24. He played his last game on October 5, 1911 for the Washington Senators, retiring at 34 years. Standing at 5' 9" (177 cm) and weighing 158 lb. (72 kg), Conroy epitomized the role of a utility man, playing five positions (3B, SS, 2B, OF, 1B) in his career. He played for the Milwaukee Brewers (1901), Pittsburgh Pirates (1902), New York Yankees (1903-1908), Washington Senators (1909-1911)

    He began his career as a shortstop, replacing Honus Wagner with Paterson in the Atlantic League, but was struck by malarial fever and dropped from the team. In 1900 Connie Mack invited him to try out for the Western Association team he would field in Milwaukee and transfer to Philadelphia when the American League began as a major circuit; Conroy won the last spot on the roster. Conroy was the first-string shortstop of the NL champion 1902 Pirates, but became a third baseman when he returned to the AL with the Highlanders (later the Yankees) in 1903. He led AL third basemen twice in total chances per game. His 22-year career in pro baseball ended as a Philadelphia Phillies coach in 1922.

    During his prime, Wid consistently ranked in the top ten in most offensive categories as well as in stolen bases. He was an opening day starter for the New York Highlanders (later the Yankees) during the first five years of the teams existence (1903-1907). Batting and throwing right-handed, Conroy led the New York Highlanders with 4 home runs in 1906 and was fifth in league overall. He also stole 41 bases in 1907, second only to Ty Cobb who swiped 49 that year. On September 25, 1911 he set an AL record with 13 total chances at 3B in a 3-2 loss to Cleveland. Conroy's statistics compare to such modern players as Ricky Gutierrez, but it must be taken into account that offensive baseball has come to dominate the game today far more than it did in Conroy's era.

    In 1377 career games Conroy batted .248 with 22 home runs and 452 RBI.

    In the 1945 BBWAA Hall of Fame voting, Conroy obtained 1 vote and a percentage of .4. Wid Conroy died on December 6, 1959 in Mt. Holly, NJ.

    Teams

    Milwaukee Brewers (1901)
    Pittsburgh Pirates (1902)
    New York Highlanders (1903-1908)
    Washington Senators (1909-1911)
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  8. #28

    Freddy Parent AL 1901-1909

    Third Team, Shortstop, Freddy Parent

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freddy_Parent

    Frederick Alfred Parent (November 25, 1875 - November 2, 1972) was a shortstop in Major League Baseball who played between 1899 and 1911 for the St. Louis Perfectos (1899), Boston Americans (1901-07) and Chicago White Sox (1908-11). Parent batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Biddeford, Maine.

    Listed at 5' 7", 154 lb., Parent was known primarily for his fielding skills, but he also was a solid hitter and an intelligent baserunner. Twice he hit .300, including a career-high .306 in 1901, and led American League in at-bats in 1902. He broke up three no-hit bids, as he got his club's only hits in these games. At shortstop, his fine defensive plays saved four no-hitters, including Cy Young's perfect game. He also was a member of the Boston team who clinched in 1903 the first World Championship in major league history.

    In a 12-season career, Parent was a .262 hitter (1306-for-4984) with 20 home runs and 471 RBI in 1327 games, including 180 doubles, 74 triples, 633 runs and 184 stolen bases. In eight WS games, he hit .290 with eight runs and four RBI.

    Parent died in Sanford, Maine at the age of 96. At the time of his death, he was the last surviving participant of the inaugural 1903 World Series.

    Teams

    St. Louis Perfectos (1899)
    Boston Americans (1901-1907)
    Chicago White Sox (1908-1911)

    Career highlights and awards

    World Series champion:1903
    American League pennant: 1904
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  9. #29

    George Stone AL 1901-1909

    Third Team, Left Fielder, George Stone

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_...8outfielder%29

    Stone was a late starter. It wasn't until he was 26 that he interrupted his employment as a banker in Coleridge, Nebraska, to take a shot at pro ball with Omaha of the Western League.

    Stone had a unique batting style, for his day. He would crouch over the plate with the bat resting snugly on his shoulder and remain motionless. He was a line-drive hitter, and was fast. He was generally a fine defensive outfielder.

    The Red Sox let him go to Milwaukee in 1903 after he pinch-hit twice for them without connecting. In Milwaukee he led the American Association with a .405 average. Stone had a series at Toledo that was talked about for a long time. He reached base 17 times in a row—15 on hits, two on walks. Manager Joe Cantillon liked him for reasons beyond his hitting and his speed on the bases. "He was a fine man to handle," said Cantillon. "He was in bed every night by 10 o'clock."

    As to his fielding, it was written: "He wasn't noted for his fielding ability, but he sure could slam the pellet on the nose."

    In December 1904 he was traded by the Boston Americans with cash to the St. Louis Browns for Jesse Burkett.

    In a seven-season career, Stone posted a .301 batting average with 23 home runs and 268 RBI in 848 games played.

    Stone had another fling at baseball, but as an owner; he bought a controlling interest in the Lincoln Tigers of the Western League in 1916.

    Stone died in Clinton, Iowa, at the age of 57.

    In 1970 he was inducted into The Des Moines Register's Iowa Sports Hall of Fame.

    In a 1976 Esquire magazine article, sportswriter Harry Stein published an "All Time All-Star Argument Starter," consisting of five ethnic baseball teams. Stone was the right fielder on Stein's Jewish team.

    Teams
    Boston Americans (1903)
    St. Louis Browns (1905–1910)
    Career highlights and awards

    Led the AL in at bats (635), plate appearances (694), hits (189), total bases (261), and runs created (90) in 1905
    Led the AL in batting average (.358), on-base percentage (.417), slugging percentage (.501), OPS (.918), total bases (291), runs created (120), and times on base (267) in 1906
    Led the AL in times on base (256) in 1907
    Led the AL in singles (131) in 1908
    Shares Orioles single-season record for triples (20 in 1906)
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  10. #30

    Chick Stahl AL 1901-1909

    Third Team, Center Fielder, Chick Stahl

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chick_Stahl

    Charles Sylvester "Chick" Stahl (January 10, 1873 - March 28, 1907) was an American outfielder in Major League Baseball who was among the most feared and consistent hitters in his time. In his rookie 1897 season with the Boston Beaneaters, he batted .354, and over his first six seasons, he averaged over .300. In 1899, he had six hits in a game, and in the 1903 World Series, he hit three triples. By 1904, including his time with the Beaneaters and the Boston Americans, Stahl had been a key part of four pennant winning teams in seven seasons.

    In 1906, he was named acting manager of the Americans after his friend Jimmy Collins was suspended[1] and decided to focus on his playing, and also due to the club's ownership opting for a change following a poor season by the club. He was officially named player-manager on December 4, 1906. Stahl committed suicide during the 1907 spring training in West Baden, Indiana by drinking four ounces of carbolic acid. The reasoning behind Stahl's suicide has remained a mystery for over a century. He was known as a carefree, fun-loving man and had many love affairs going on throughout the country. He mentioned suicide days before in Louisville, Ky., prompting some teammates to take the carbolic acid from him. His final words to some of teammates were "Boys, I just couldn't help it. It drove me to it."[2] What "it" exactly was remains a mystery. Cy Young reluctantly took over as manager to start the 1907 season, but he was replaced six games into the season. Stahl's widow mysteriously died one year later.[3]

    Chick Stahl was not related to Jake Stahl, despite contemporary baseball sources listing them as brothers.

    Teams

    As Player

    Boston Beaneaters (1897-1900)
    Boston Americans (1901-1906)

    As Manager

    Boston Americans (1906)

    Career highlights and awards

    World Series champion (1903)
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