1911 New York Yankees (Highlanders)

Esteban Quiñones
Monday March 18, 2024

Table of Contents

The final standing6th in AL (Did not qualify for World Series)
Regular season record76-76 (0.500)
Post-season record(Not played)
AL rank6th
World Series record and opponent(Not played)
ManagerHal Chase
CaptainHal Chase
Top batterHome runs: Birdie Cree, Harry Wolter (4)
BA: Birdie Cree (.348), Hal Chase (.315), Harry Wolter (.304)
Runs: Birdie Cree (90), Hal Chase (82), Harry Wolter (78)
RBI: Roy Hartzell (91), Birdie Cree (88), Hal Chase, John Knight (62)
Top pitcher/ (W-L, ERA)Russ Ford: 22-11, 2.27
Ray Caldwell: 14-14, 3.35
Attendance record302,444 (6th of 8)

1911 New York Yankees season: A brief summary

The 1911 New York Yankees (Highlanders) season was a study in middling performance, camaraderie amidst rivalry, and the unforeseen circumstances that can dramatically impact the world of baseball. Finishing with an evenly split record of 76 wins and 76 losses, the Highlanders (who would become better known as the Yankees) landed squarely in the middle of the pack, sixth in the American League, under the management of Hal Chase. Their performance on the field was as balanced as their win-loss record suggests, indicating a team with potential that perhaps struggled to find the consistency needed to climb higher in the standings.

Playing their home games at Hilltop Park, the Highlanders were in the midst of solidifying their identity in New York’s baseball scene, with the press increasingly favoring the nickname “Yankees.” This season, however, would be remembered not just for the games played on the field but for an act of sportsmanship that transcended team rivalries.

The regular 1911 New York Yankees season was marked by an event that today would be considered extraordinary. Relations between the Highlanders and their cross-town rivals, the New York Giants, were tense, mirroring the competitive spirit that defines New York sports. However, this tension was set aside following a catastrophic fire in April that destroyed a significant portion of the Polo Grounds, the Giants’ home field. In an act of generosity, the Highlanders offered the Giants the use of Hilltop Park, allowing their rivals a place to play while their home field was being rebuilt.

This gesture of goodwill, coming at a time when sports rivalries were as heated as ever, is a poignant reminder of the camaraderie that can exist even among fierce competitors. Although the Giants were able to return to a partially rebuilt Polo Grounds two months later, the Highlanders’ act of kindness would not be forgotten. It laid the groundwork for a reciprocal act of generosity two years later, further entwining the destinies of these two iconic New York teams.

1911 New York Yankees Russ Ford
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The 1911 New York Yankees season, therefore, is a fascinating chapter in the early history of the Yankees franchise. It reflects not only the trials and tribulations of a baseball team trying to find its footing but also the unexpected moments of unity and support that define the sports community. This blend of on-field performance and off-field camaraderie offers a unique perspective on the era and the evolving landscape of baseball in New York.

Postseason result

(Did not qualify – Eliminated in regular season)

1911 New York Yankees roster

Harry Ables27RL6′ 2″200Oct 4, 1883332-0.7
Bill Bailey29LR5′ 10″170Nov 19, 18811st51-0.1
Walter Blair27RR6′ 0″185Oct 13, 188358565-0.5
King Brockett30RR5′ 10″168Jul 23, 1880318100.7
Ray Caldwell23LR6′ 2″190Apr 26, 1888259345.8
Hal Chase28RL6′ 0″175Feb 13, 188371331322.2
Andy Coakley28LR6′ 0″165Nov 20, 1882921-0.4
Birdie Cree28RR5′ 6″150Oct 23, 188241371365.5
Jim Curry25RR5′ 11″160Mar 10, 1886244-0.3
Bert Daniels28RR5′ 9″180Oct 31, 188221311172.4
Cozy Dolan28RR5′ 10″160Dec 23, 1882219190.6
Gene Elliott22LR5′ 7″150Feb 8, 18891st53-0.2
Ray Fisher23RR5′ 11″180Oct 4, 1887229223.3
Justin Fitzgerald20LR5′ 8″160Jun 26, 18911st189-0.1
Russ Ford28RR5′ 11″175Apr 25, 1883337337.3
Earle Gardner27RR5′ 11″160Jan 24, 18844102980.3
Mike Handiboe23LL5′ 10″155Jul 21, 18871st54-0.2
Roy Hartzell29LR5′ 8″155Jul 6, 188161441423
Charlie Hemphill35LL5′ 9″160Apr 20, 18761169520.6
Red Hoff20LL5′ 9″162May 8, 18911st510.6
Otis Johnson27BR5′ 9″185Nov 5, 18831st71631.1
Ed Klepfer23RR6′ 0″185Mar 17, 18881st20-0.1
John Knight25RR6′ 2″180Oct 6, 188561321310.8
Stubby Magner23RR5′ 3″135Feb 10, 18881st13100
Johnny Priest20RR5′ 11″170Jun 23, 18911st86-0.2
Jack Quinn27RR6′ 0″196Jul 1, 1883340160.4
Roxey Roach28RR5′ 11″160Nov 28, 1882213120.1
Ed Sweeney22RR6′ 1″200Jul 19, 1888482740
Hippo Vaughn23BL6′ 4″215Apr 9, 1888326190.4
Joe Walsh24RR6′ 2″170Oct 14, 18862400
Jack Warhop26RR5′ 9″168Jul 4, 1884433251.7
Ed Wilkinson21RR6′ 0″170Jun 20, 18901st102-0.1
Bob Williams27RR6′ 0″190Apr 27, 18841st2014-0.2
Harry Wolter26LR5′ 10″175Jul 11, 188441221143.6
Guy Zinn24LR5′ 10″170Feb 13, 18871st96-0.1

1911 New York Yankees player additions, transactions, and trades

January 1911:

  • January 3: Fred Mitchell player rights sold to Rochester (Eastern).

February 1911:

  • February 11: Traded Jimmy Austin and Frank LaPorte to the St. Louis Browns. Received Roy Hartzell and cash.

June 1911:

  • June 15: Roxey Roach player rights sold to Jersey City (Eastern).

July 1911:

  • July (exact date uncertain): Traded Justin Fitzgerald, Ed Klepfer, and cash to Sioux City (Western). Received Jeff Clarke (minors).

September 1911:

  • September 1 (approximate date): Drafted Bill Stumpf from York (Tri-State) in the 1911 rule 5 draft.

1911 New York Yankees player debuts

  • Bill Bailey – 04-21-1911 – 29 years old
  • Gene Elliott – 04-13-1911 – 22 years old
  • Justin Fitzgerald – 06-20-1911 – 19 years old
  • Mike Handiboe – 09-08-1911 – 24 years old
  • Chet Hoff – 09-06-1911 – 20 years old
  • Otis Johnson – 04-12-1911 – 27 years old
  • Ed Klepfer – 07-04-1911 – 23 years old
  • Stubby Magner – 07-12-1911 – 23 years old
  • Johnny Priest – 05-30-1911 – 19 years old
  • Ed Wilkinson – 07-04-1911 – 21 years old
  • Bob Williams – 07-03-1911 – 27 years old
  • Guy Zinn – 09-11-1911 – 24 years old

1911 New York Yankees team stats (batting)

CEd Sweeney2283267229175365018814260.231
1BHal Chase28133571527821663273623621400.315
2BEarle Gardner2710239735736941320391420270.263
SSJohn Knight25132543470691261673621842630.268
3BRoy Hartzell291446165276715617113912263340.296
OFBirdie Cree281375895209018130224884856610.348
OFBert Daniels28131551462741321692314048440.286
OFHarry Wolter261225174347813217154362862370.304
MIOtis Johnson27712652092149963361239430.234
CWalter Blair2785256222184392026216240.194
OFCharlie Hemphill3569250201325742115937180.284
3BCozy Dolan2819816919211206128120.304
CBob Williams272053473920081590.191
MIRoxey Roach2813494041021020650.25
OFJustin Fitzgerald2016473761010064440.27
MIStubby Magner231341333700041480.212
OFGuy Zinn24933275402010450.148
IFJohnny Priest20825212300023230.143
OFMike Handiboe23518150100000220.067
UTGene Elliott22516131110010220.077
2BJim Curry25414113200000120.182
OFEd Wilkinson211013132300010040.231
CJoe Walsh244992210000020.222
UTBill Bailey295991100000020.111
PRay Caldwell2359159147144041017511230.272
PRuss Ford28371111021020210823310.196
PJack Warhop2633847761201040390.156
PJack Quinn27406861410201515150.164
PRay Fisher2329645957201102150.119
PHippo Vaughn2326604947100319200.143
PKing Brockett3018423951220041340.308
PRed Hoff205770200001020.286
PAndy Coakley282541100000110.25
PHarry Ables273440000000030
PEd Klepfer232110000000010
Team Totals27.115358355052684137419096255772694936010.272
Rank in 8 AL teams6565142235
Non-Pitcher Totals27.315352304502635126317793235352584564770.281
Pitcher Totals25.41536055504911113324211371240.202

1911 New York Yankees team stats (pitching)

SPRuss Ford2822110.6672.27373342610281.125111971
SPRay Caldwell2314140.53.35412613191125524011595
SPJack Warhop2612130.484.16312551710209.223911897
SPRay Fisher2310110.4763.2529225820171.21788562
SPHippo Vaughn238100.4444.39261931000145.21589271
RPJack Quinn278100.4443.76401619702174.220311173
RPKing Brockett30240.3334.66168620075.1734539
Red Hoff200102.1851400020.22185
Andy Coakley280105.421110011.220137
Harry Ables270109.8232100011161512
Ed Klepfer23006.752020004533
Team Totals25.476760.53.541531536390531360.21404724535
Rank in 8 AL teams6366855556

1911 New York Yankees record vs. opponents/ Team splits

Opponent (Games)WonLostWP
Boston Red Sox (22)10120.455
Chicago White Sox (22)9130.409
Cleveland Naps (23)8140.364
Detroit Tigers (22)1570.682
Philadelphia Athletics (21)6150.286
St. Louis Browns (21)1650.762
Washington Senators (22)12100.545

1911 New York Yankees monthly record

Month (Games)WonLostWP
April (12)750.583
May (27)11160.407
June (24)1770.708
July (31)13180.419
August (28)15130.536
September (26)13120.520
October (5)050.000

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