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  • RUKen
    started a topic 1916 Brooklyn Dodgers NL Champions photo thread

    1916 Brooklyn Dodgers NL Champions photo thread

    Following two straight National League pennants in 1899 and 1900, the Brooklyn Base Ball Club fell on hard times. Between 1903 and 1914 the team finished in the second division (no higher than fifth place in the eight-team league) each season. In 1913 the team abandoned Washington Park to move into the newly-constructed Ebbets Field, named for team owner Charles Ebbets. In 1914, Wilbert Robinson, who had been a coach for the Giants, was hired to manage the team. (Ironically, as a player for the Orioles in the 1890’s, Robinson had refused to transfer to the Brooklyn club when both teams came under the same ownership prior to the 1899 season and the owners wanted to move the best Baltimore players to Brooklyn.) In 1915, the team finished in third place, and in 1916 they won the National League pennant by 2½ games over the defending-champion Phillies, remaining in first place continuously after a May 27th doubleheader sweep at Philadelphia.

    The Dodgers’ leading hitters were Jake Daubert (.316) and Zack Wheat (.312); Wheat’s 32 doubles, 13 triples, 9 home runs, 73 RBI and 76 runs scored each led the team. Sacrifice bunts were a big part of the team’s attack; they had 203 sacrifice hits during the season, led by Daubert (35), Mike Mowrey (31), George Cutshaw (29), and Ivy Olson (20).

    The infield was manned by Mowrey at third, Olson at shortstop, Cutshaw at second, and Daubert at first; Fred Merkle was obtained in a trade late in the season to fill in at first when Daubert was injured. The outfield consisted of Wheat in left field and a platoon system of Hi Myers in center field, Casey Stengel in right field, and Jimmy Johnston in either center or right field. The catching was done mostly by Chief Meyers and Otto Miller. Ollie O’Mara was a frequent replacement at shortstop and a pinch hitter, Gus Getz was the backup at third base, and Lew McCarty was the substitute first baseman and third-string catcher until he was traded for Merkle.

    Their leading pitcher was Big Jeff Pfeffer, whose name was Edward but bore a strong resemblance to boxer Jim Jeffries. Pfeffer was 25-11 with a 1.92 ERA in 1916. Larry Cheney matched Pfeffer’s ERA, but finished with a record of 18-12. The remaining starters were Sherry Smith (14-10, 2.34), Rube Marquard (13-6, 1.58), Jack Coombs (13-8, 2.66), Wheezer Dell (8-9, 2.26), Ed Appleton (1-2, 3.06), and Nap Rucker (2-1, 1.69). Duster Mails (0-1, 3.63) was their leading relief pitcher, when they weren’t using a starter for that purpose.

    Facing the World Champion Boston Red Sox in the World Series, Brooklyn was defeated, four games to one. The team fell into the second division again for the next three seasons, but then won the league pennant again in 1920. This was followed by three more second-division finishes, and then a near-miss in 1924, ending up in second place by 1½ games behind the New York Giants.

    The team’s home and away uniforms in 1916 featured a distinctive windowpane check pattern that was a throwback to the Brooklyn uniforms worn in the late 1880s. In 1917 only the road uniform continued to have this pattern, and after that it was never worn again.

    Team nicknames were informal until well into the twentieth century; sometimes rival newspapers bestowed different names on the same team. The Brooklyn club was first known as the Trolley Dodgers in 1895 because of the number of trolley lines that cranks (fans) had to cross to enter Eastern Park, their home at the time. This was quickly shortened to “Dodgers” by the newspapers and the fans. When Ned Hanlon became the manager in 1899, the newspapers sometimes referred to the team as “Hanlon’s Superbas”, a reference to a touring stage show named “Superba” that was produced by the Hanlon Brothers (no relation to Ned). The team was known as both the Superbas and the Dodgers into the 1910s, even though Hanlon last managed the team in 1905. When Robinson became the manager, a third nickname--the Robins--became popular, but the team was still often called the Dodgers and the Brooklyn Daily Eagle continued to refer to the team primarily as the Superbas. “Dodgers” did not appear on the team’s uniforms until the 1930s.

    1916 preseason game with the New York Yankees
    1916 preseason game with NYY Donovan and Robinson.jpg
    Last edited by RUKen; 01-08-2016, 08:14 AM.

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    This photo was originally included in post #2. IDs are included here, taken from the newspaper clipping below:

    Standing (L-R): Dusty Mails (P), Mack Wheat (C), Larry Cheney (P), Otto Miller (C), Ivy Olson (SS), Ira Colwell (minor league P, did not play for Brooklyn), Ed Appleton (P), Sherry Smith (P), Wheezer Dell (P), Zack Wheat (LF), Big Jeff Pfeffer (P), Gus Getz (3B/SS), Nap Rucker (P), Jake Daubert (1B).
    Sitting (L-R): Rube Marquard (P), Casey Stengel (RF), Jack Coombs (P), George Cutshaw (2B), Ollie O'Mara (SS), Jimmy Johnston (CF/RF), Hy Myers (CF), Wilbert Robinson (Mgr.), Hack Miller (CF/RF), Mike Mowrey (3B), Jimmy Hickman (LF/CF), Lew McCarty (C/1B), Chief Meyers (C). Jake Daubert's son is the mascot, sitting in front of Mgr. Robinson.

    1916 NL Brooklyn 2.jpg

    1916 NL Brooklyn w names.jpg

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    Pitcher Nap Rucker
    Charles Conlon portrait currently available at RMY Auctions

    NL Bro Rucker Conlon.jpg

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    1916 World Series Game 3 - Jake Daubert is out at home attempting to stretch a triple into a home run. (This photo is currently available at RMY Auctions.)

    WS Game 3 Daubert out at home.jpg

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    Pitcher Rube Marquard

    NL Bro Marquard standing.jpg

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    RF Casey Stengel

    NL Bro Stengel 6.jpg

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    October 7, 1916 - Ground rule discussion prior to Game 1 of the World Series at Braves Field in Boston

    Jake Daubert and Wilbert Robinson are second and third from the left


    (Photo is currently available at Goldin Auctions)

    WS Game 1 ground rules.jpg
    Last edited by RUKen; 10-11-2016, 08:12 AM.

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    CF/RF Jimmy Johnston

    NL Bro Johnston alt.jpg

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    Autographed image of P Rube Marquard in his 1916 home uniform

    NL Bro Marquard autographed.jpg

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    1916 Preseason Game, Yankee Mgr. Bill Donovan and Brooklyn Mgr. Wilbert Robinson
    This is very similar, but not identical, to the newspaper photo in post #1.

    Opening Day Donovan and Robinson.jpg
    Last edited by RUKen; 02-03-2016, 08:05 AM.

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    Mgr. Wilbert Robinson in his 1916 uniform

    NL Bro Robinson 4.jpg

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    World Series game at Braves Field
    I've just come across this colorized photo from the 1916 World Series, with Mgr. Wilbert Robinson in the middle on the steps of the dugout, the Dodgers' mascot to the right, and an on-deck hitter (possibly Mike Mowrey) to the left.

    WS Game 1 or 2.jpg
    Last edited by RUKen; 01-19-2016, 09:01 AM.

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    1949 Reunion of Players Casey Stengel, Zack Wheat, Big Jeff Pfeffer, Chief Meyers, Rube Marquard, and Nap Rucker (Restoration by BSmile)

    1949 reunion of 1916 players Stengel Wheat Pfeffer Meyers Marquard Rucker restored by BSmile.jpg

    1949 reunion of 1916 players Stengel Wheat Pfeffer Meyers Marquard Rucker.jpg

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    World Series Game 5, October 12, 1916, Boston 4 – Brooklyn 1, at Braves Field (Boston)

    WS Game 5.jpg

    WS He Led the Forlorn Hope in Batting.jpg

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    World Series Game 4, October 11, 1916, Boston 6 – Brooklyn 2, at Ebbets Field

    WS Game 4 Great Crowd Saw Brooklyn Team Defeated by Red Sox.jpg

    WS Game 4 Gardner Scoring the Homer that Broke Up the Game.jpg

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