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The 1909 Chicago White Sox baseball team finished in 4th place in the then 8-team, one division American League --- Dead Ball Era Baseball History

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1909 Chicago White Sox Baseball Players

Pitcher Frank Smith led the 1909 White Sox team with a 25-17 record and compiled a sterling 1.80 earned run average and led the majors in games pitched with 51 and led with 365 innings pitched. Big Ed Walsh, voted into the Hall of Fame in 1946, had a 15-11 record, and led the AL with 8 complete game shutouts while posting a miserly 1.41 ERA, second lowest in the league. Pitcher Doc White rang up an 11-7 record with a 1.72 ERA and was second in the league with fewest walks per 9 innings by averaging 1.57 per 9.

Jim Scott had a 12-12 record with a 2.30 ERA, Bill Burns was 7-13 with a 2.04 ERA, Lou Fiene went 2-5, and had a 4.13 ERA, Fred Omstead had a 3-2, and a 1.81 ERA, Harry Suter 2-3 and a 2.47 ERA, Frank Owen 1-1 and a 4.50 ERA, Nick Altrockt 0-1, 5.00 ERA in one game.

Leadoff hitter Patsy Dougherty led the team in batting with .285 and and with 55 RBIs. He also led with 36 stolen bases, 4th highest in the AL.

1909 Chicago White Sox RBI leaders:

Patsy Dougherty 55, Lee Tannehill 47, Billy Purtell 40, Frank Isbell 33, Freddy Parent 30, Jake Atz 22, Dave Altizer 20, Frank Owens 17, Wills Cole 16, Billy Sullivan 16, Ed Hahn 16, Fred Payne 12, Gavvy Cravath 8, Doc White 7, Mike Welday 5, Barney Reilly 3, and Cuke Barrows 2, George Davis 2, Jiggs Donahue 2, Ham Patterson 0 RBI in 1-game, Nick Altrock 0 RBI in 1-game.

Note: During the Dead Ball Era when the baseball was heavier and slightly larger, the entire 1909 Chicago White Sox hit just 4 home runs all season. One each - Dave Altizer if/of, Gavvy Cravath of, Patsy Dougherty of, and Ed Hahn of.

Note: In 1909, TY Cobb of the Detroit Tigers led the major leagues with 9 homers

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Chicago White Sox team members kneeling and standing in front of grandstands on the field at South Side Park, dark exposure

Chicago Daily News


Informal full-length group portrait of members of the 1909 American League's Chicago White Sox team kneeling and standing in front of grandstands on the field at South Side Park, dark exposure, located at West 37th Street, South Princeton Avenue, West Pershing Road (formerly West 39th Street), and South Wentworth Avenue in the Armour Square community area of Chicago, Illinois.

Included are: Jake Atz, Mike Welday, Frank Smith, Frank Owen, Owens, Dave Altizer, Lee Tannehill, Billy Purtell, Suter, Jim Scott, Frank Isbell, Bill Burns, Bud Smith, Patsy Dougherty, Louis Fiene, Ed Hahn, William Sullivan, George Davis, and Fred Payne. A young boy is standing with men who are kneeling in the foreground.

This photonegative taken by a Chicago Daily News photographer may have been published in the newspaper.

Cite as: SDN-007730, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago Historical Society.

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