Dead Ball Era (Era-1)

Average home runs hit per team per year in this early baseball era: 23.96
This was the Dead Ball Era or as we refer to it as the “PRE-RUTH” era. This early baseball era included some of the great pioneers of baseball, such as TY COBB, TRIS SPEAKER, HONUS WAGNER, and NAP LAJORIE. In this era we saw many .400 hitters and the home run was not much of an offensive factor.

Early baseball’s scandal and its repercussionsThis era is well known for the “Black Sox Scandal” which occurred in the 1919 World Series. Several Chicago players conspired with gamblers to throw the World Series in order to make additional money. This was the first example in baseball where there was a lack of integrity in the game. The scandal created a need for some leadership in professional baseball and led to the first commissioner of baseball in 1920.This scandal nearly destroyed the game of baseball, and the game lost its luster until the emergence of “The Babe.”

The Pre-Ruth / Dead Ball Era’s greatest hitters
This list includes the top 3 hitting catchers, the top 3 hitting first baseman, the top 3 hitting second baseman, the top 3 hitting third baseman, the top 3 hitting short stops and the top 10 hitting outfielders of early baseball. Also listed below are the 25 greatest hitters of Era 1.

The Pioneers of Baseball

Hall of Fame * Veterans Committee **

Top 3 Catchers Player Name Rating Years Played
1 Wally Schang 3.292 1913-1931
2 Deacon McGuire 3.241 1884-1912
3 Ray Schalk 3.218 1912-1929
Top 3 1st Basemen Player Name Rating Years Played
1 Jack Fournier 3.689 1912-1927
2 Ed Konetchy 3.442 1907-1921
3 Stuffy McInnis 3.424 1909-1927
Top 3 2nd Basemen Player Name Rating Years Played
1 Eddie Collins* 4.160 1906-1930
2 Nap Lajoie* 4.123 1896-1916
3 Del Pratt 3.429 1912-1924
Top 3 3rd Basemen Player Name Rating Years Played
1 Frank Baker* 3.645 1908-1922
2 Larry Gardner 3.397 1908-1924
3 Hennie Groh 3.182 1912-1927
Top 3 Shortstops Player Name Rating Years Played
1 Honus Wagner* 4.473 1897-1917
2 Rabbit Maranville* 3.211 1912-1935
3 Joe Tinker** 3.173 1902-1916
Top 10 Outfielders Player Name Rating Years Played
1 Ty Cobb* 4.839 1905-1928
2 Tris Speaker* 4.548 1907-1928
3 Sam Crawford* 3.987 1899-1917
4 Jessie Burkett* 3.890 1890-1905
5 Zach Wheat** 3.800 1909-1927
6 Willie Keeler* 3.767 1892-1910
7 Bobby Veach 3.727 1912-1925
8 Max Carey** 3.596 1910-1929
9 Cy Williams 3.582 1912-1930
10 Harry Hooper 3.522 1909-1925
Top 25 Players of ERA 1 Player Name Rating Years Played
1 Ty Cobb* 4.839 1905-1928
2 Tris Speaker* 4.548 1907-1928
3 Honus Wagner* 4.473 1897-1917
4 Eddie Collins* 4.160 1906-1930
5 Nap Lajoie* 4.123 1896-1916
6 Sam Crawford** 3.987 1899-1917
7 Jessie Burkett** 3.890 1890-1905
8 Zack Wheat** 3.800 1909-1927
9 Willie Keeler* 3.767 1892-1910
10 Bobby Veach 3.727 1912-1925
11 Jack Fournier 3.689 1912-1927
12 Frank Baker** 3.645 1908-1922
13 Max Carey** 3.596 1910-1929
14 Cy Williams 3.582 1912-1930
15 Harry Hooper** 3.522 1909-1925
16 Del Pratt 3.429 1912-1924
17 Ed Konetchy 3.442 1907-1921
18 Stuffy McInnis 3.424 1909-1927
19 Larry Doyle 3.414 1907-1920
20 Larry Gardner 3.397 1908-1924
21 Hal Chase 3.364 1905-1919
22 Jake Daubert 3.327 1910-1924
23 George Burns 3.326 1911-1925
24 Wally Schang 3.292 1913-1931
25 Frank Schulte 3.251 1904-1918

Compare to other eras :

Dead Ball Era | Babe Ruth Era | Baseball During World War II | Baseball 1950s – mid 60s | Pitching Era | Last Clean Era | Steroid Era Pt. 1 | Steroid Era Pt. 2 | Baseball After Steroids

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