Re: 119 Years Ago Today ......
posted at 2/7/2014 12:04 AM EST
In response to newenglanderinexile's comment:
We won 4 out of 7 starting in 1912. Ruth was not on the 1912 team that had 9 guys with an OBP over .346, including Speaker at .464. Smokey Joe went 34-5 and 2 other guys won 20.
Ruth helped make the Boston Red Sox the first great dynasty in baseball. All subsequent baseball dynasties have been pale imitations.
Ruth started in 1914, and he certainly "helped make the Boston Red Sox the first great dynasty". In 1915, he went 18-8 with a 2.44 ERA, but that was actually the worst ERA of the 5 starters:
1.49 Smokey Joe (15-5)
1.64 Ernie Shore (19-8)
2.11 Rube Foster (19-8)
2.36 Dutch Leonard (15-7)
2.44 Babe Ruth (18-8)
Ruth also had twice as many HRs as the next guy on the team with 4, but he only had 92 ABs. (His .952 OPS was more than any regular.)
In the 1916 championship season, Ruth went 23-12 with a 1.75 ERA- way better than anyone else. His .741 OPS was better than all but one regular everyday player (but just 152 PAs).
We ddin't win in 1917, but Ruth went 24-13 2.01 and had an .857 OPS, which was 122 points higher than any regular. (142 PAs)
We won in 1918. Ruth only started 19 games (13-7 2,22) in a 123 game season. But, this time he was 6th on the team in PAs (382) and had a .966 OPS. The next best guy was at .796 then .681.
We had a losing season the next year, but Ruth had perhaps the most dominating batting seasons in MLB history with a 1.114 OPS, except for one (see below). (He started 15 games and went 9-5 2.97). The league OPS was .670. Ruth's 29 HRs was more than 11 teams had as a whole team.
In 1920, Ruth showed why he was the greatest MLB of all time. After proving to be one of the leagues finest pitchers with the Sox, he put up these numbers with the Yanks in 1920:
.376 54 137 (1.379 OPS)
1) Only 1 other team, the Philles who played in a bandbox, had more HRs as a team than 54. The Phillies had 64 (50 at home and just 14 on the road).
2) The league OPS was .707. Ruth was an astounding .672 higher than the league as a whole (which included his numbers).
3) Ruth's .847 SLG% was more than double the best team mark of .426 (his own- no doubtedly higher due to his input). The next best team was at .419. The league SLG% was .372 that year.
4) Ruth's OBP was .532 . The league's was .335.
He led MLB in HRs for 12 out of 14 seasons and RBIs for 6 out of 10. OBP for 10 out of 14. SLG% 13 out of 14 seasons. OPS for 13 out of 14.