1901 New York Giants photos and illustrations
When the 20th century began, the New York Giants were not yet a great team; they weren't even a good team. They were managed by an infielder who was later elected to the Hall of Fame, but it wasn't John McGraw, it was shortstop George Davis. They had a young pitcher from Bucknell in his first full major league season named Christy Mathewson. The pitching staff was co-anchored by a hearing-impaired player named Luther Taylor. The Giants' players learned sign language so that they could communicate with Dummy Taylor, and also with the two additional hearing-impaired pitchers who joined the staff during that season, William "Dummy" Deegan and George "Dummy" Leitner. The team finished with a record of 52-85, 37 games behind the leader, in 7th place.
1901 was the first year that it became common for news photographers to take on-field photos of the players. The reproductions in the newspapers were poor quality, compared to what we see today, and many newspapers still used illustrators to draw pictures of the players, rather than include low-grade photos. Other publications, such as the Police Gazette, had better quality photographs in them. I've compiled here photos and drawings of the 1901 Giants.
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Pitcher Christy Mathewson
Twenty-year-old Christy Mathewson compiled a record of 20-17 with 221 strikeouts and an ERA of 2.41.
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Pitcher Luther "Dummy" Taylor
Taylor was 26 years old, and in his second major league season in 1901. He compiled a record of 18-27 with a 3.18 ERA.
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I have not found a newspaper photo of him with the Giants that year, or even an ink-drawn likeness. Prior to the season, though, he was photographed with a San Diego team with whom he had pitched during that winter. He is in the back row, second from the left. The player who is second from the right in the back row is "Turkey" Mike Donlin, who would join the Giants in mid-1904 and be an integral part of their consecutive championship teams.
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Pitcher William "Dummy" Deegan
Deegan spent just a week with the team in August, and finished with a record of 0-1 and a 6.35 ERA in two games.
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Catcher/Infielder Frank Bowerman and Pitcher Roger Denzer
Bowerman hit .199 that season, and Denzer's record was 2-6 (3.36 ERA) in 11 games.
Pitcher Roger Denzer, Infielder/Outfielder/Pitcher Charlie Hickman, and Catcher Broadway Aleck Smith
"Piano Legs" Hickman hit .278 and drove in 62 runs that season, and also had a record of 3-5 as a pitcher in 9 games. Smith hit .141 as one of the teams three catchers. (Jack Warner was the other.)
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Third Baseman/Second Baseman Sammy Strang
"The Dixie Thrush" hit .282 and stole 40 bases that season.
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First Baseman John Ganzel and Pitcher Bill Phyle
Ganzel hit just .215 but drove in a team-leading 66 runs. Phyle had a record of 7-10 with a 4.27 ERA.
Rightfielder Algie McBride and Pitcher Willie Mills
McBride was obtained in a trade on June 29th and hit .280 for the Giants. Mills pitched in just two games and lost both, with an ERA of 8.44.
Pitcher Bill Magee, Second Baseman Jim Miller, and Rightfielder/Pitcher Jim Jones
Magee pitched in six games, and compiled a record of 0-4 with an ERA of 5.95. Miller hit .138 and Jones hit .209; Jones also started and lost one game as a pitcher.
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Leftfielder Kip Selbach, Shortstop/Manager George Davis, and Centerfielder George van Haltren
Selbach hit .289 and scored a team-high 89 runs. Davis hit .301 with a team-leading 7 home runs and drove in 65 runs. Van Haltren led the team with a .335 batting average and scored 82 runs, and also pitched in one game in relief.
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Kip Selbach at the plate with Johnny Kling of the Chicago Orphans catching.
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This photo of Dummy Taylor was published in a newspaper in 1904, but he is wearing the Giants' uniform of either 1901 or 1902.
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Composite illustration of the 1901 Giants
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2B Danny Murphy
Danny Murphy broke into the majors in 1900 with the Giants, playing 22 games that year and 5 games with them in 1901. He jumped to the American League prior to the 1902 season, and played 12 years for the Philadelphia Athletics before completing his major league career in the Federal League.
Cuban touring team of the 1900-1901 off-season
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The Brooklyn Superbas and the New York Giants visited Cuba after the 1900 season to play a series of games. The Giants supplemented their roster with Tom O'Brien, who had been a Giant outfielder in 1899 but played for Pittsburg in 1900. Someone decided to play a practical joke on O'Brien and Kid Gleason, and told them that they could minimize seasickness by ingesting large quantities of sea water. Although Gleason was able to recover from the resulting illness, O'Brien drank so much salt water that he died in February, 1901, from the damage to his internal organs.
May 30, 1901: New York vs. St. Louis at the Polo Grounds on Decoration Day
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(This photo dates from either 1901 or 1902; it's difficult to differentiate the uniforms from those two seasons.)