1912 New York Yankees (Highlanders)

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The final standing8th in AL (Did not qualify for World Series)
Regular season record50-102 (0.329)
Post-season record(Not played)
AL rank8th
World Series record and opponent(Not played)
ManagerHarry Wolverton
CaptainHal Chase
Top batterHome runs: Guy Zinn (6), Hal Chase (4)
BA: Hal Chase, Bert Danils (.274), Roy Hartzell (.272)
Runs: Bert Daniels (72), Hal Chase (61), Guy Zinn (56)
RBI: Hal Chase (58), Guy Zinn (55), Bert Daniels, Hack Simmons (41)
Top pitcher/ (W-L, ERA)George McConnell: 8-12, 2.75
Attendance record242,194 (7th of 8)

1912 New York Yankees season: A brief summary

The 1912 New York Yankees (Highlanders) season stands as a significant chapter in the storied history of one of baseball’s most iconic franchises, marking the end of an era and the beginning of another. This season was their tenth and final campaign under the “Highlanders” moniker before the team officially adopted the “Yankees” name, a title that would soon become synonymous with success and tradition in Major League Baseball.

Playing their home games at Hilltop Park for the last time, the 1912 New York Yankees faced a challenging year, finishing with a dismal record of 50 wins and 102 losses. This placed them in 8th position, firmly at the bottom of the American League standings. The season’s performance was one of the lowest points in the franchise’s history, with the team not finishing in last place again until 1966, indicating the rarity of such a disappointing outcome for the club.

1912 New York Yankees
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Managed by Harry Wolverton, the team struggled to find consistent success on the field, leading to one of only two seasons in the Yankees’ history where the team lost 100 or more games, the other being in 1908. Despite the on-field struggles, the season was pivotal in the evolution of the Yankees’ identity. It marked the first time the famous “NY” logo was prominently featured on the front of the team’s jerseys, a design element that would become an enduring symbol of the franchise and its rich heritage.

1912 New York Highlanders
Baseball History comes Alive

Reflecting on the 1912 New York Yankees season provides a stark contrast to their later achievements and underscores the transformative journey the franchise has undergone. From the depths of a 100-loss season to the pinnacle of baseball success, the Yankees’ story is one of resilience and redemption. The 1912 season, with all its challenges, represents a foundational moment that paved the way for the birth of a baseball dynasty, making it a fascinating study for fans and historians alike.

Postseason result

(Did not qualify – Eliminated in regular season)

1912 New York Yankees roster

George Batten20RR5′ 11″165Oct 7, 18911st11-0.1
Ray Caldwell24LR6′ 2″190Apr 26, 1888346262.1
Hal Chase29RL6′ 0″175Feb 13, 188381311290.1
Curt Coleman25LR5′ 11″180Feb 18, 18871st12100.2
Birdie Cree29RR5′ 6″150Oct 23, 1882550501.4
Bert Daniels29RR5′ 9″180Oct 31, 188231351292.7
George Davis22BR5′ 10″175Mar 9, 18901st107-0.7
Cozy Dolan29RR5′ 10″160Dec 23, 188231816-0.3
John Dowd21RR5′ 8″170Jan 3, 18911st109-0.1
Gus Fisher26LR5′ 10″175Oct 21, 1885242-0.3
Ray Fisher24RR5′ 11″180Oct 4, 188731713-1.3
Russ Ford29RR5′ 11″175Apr 25, 1883440385.7
Earle Gardner28RR5′ 11″160Jan 24, 188454342-1
Roy Hartzell30LR5′ 8″155Jul 6, 188171251231.5
Red Hoff21LL5′ 9″162May 8, 1891251-0.2
Benny Kauff22LL5′ 8″157Jan 5, 18901st520
Ray Keating18RR5′ 11″185Jul 21, 18931st65-0.1
Jack Lelivelt26LL5′ 11″175Nov 14, 1885436361.1
Jack Little21RR5′ 11″175Mar 12, 18911st330
Pat Maloney24RR6′ 0″150Jan 19, 18881st2720-0.2
Jack Martin25RR5′ 9″159Apr 19, 18871st7169-0.1
George McConnell34RR6′ 3″190Sep 16, 1877242213.8
Tommy McMillan24RR5′ 5″130Apr 18, 188844141-0.2
Ezra Midkiff29LR5′ 10″180Nov 13, 188222121-0.1
Bill Otis22LR5′ 10″150Dec 24, 18891st44-0.3
Del Paddock25LR5′ 9″165Jun 8, 18871st46430.8
Johnny Priest21RR5′ 11″170Jun 23, 1891230
Jack Quinn28RR6′ 0″196Jul 1, 188341811-1.2
Al Schulz23RL6′ 0″182May 12, 18891st310.4
George Shears22RL6′ 3″180Apr 13, 18901st40-0.5
Hack Simmons27RR5′ 8″179Jan 29, 18852110105-1.5
Klondike Smith25LL5′ 9″160Jan 4, 18871st77-0.3
Charles Sterrett22RR5′ 11″165Oct 1, 18891st6755-0.4
Gabby Street29RR5′ 11″180Sep 30, 188272925-0.6
Bill Stumpf20RR6′ 0″175Mar 21, 18921st4436-0.9
Ed Sweeney23RR6′ 1″200Jul 19, 188851101061.1
Carl Thompson22RR5′ 9″170Nov 7, 18891st82-0.8
Homer Thompson21RR5′ 9″160Jun 1, 18911st100
Hippo Vaughn24BL6′ 4″215Apr 9, 1888415100
Jack Warhop27RR5′ 9″168Jul 4, 1884542227.2
Bob Williams28RR6′ 0″190Apr 27, 188422115-0.6
Harry Wolter27LR5′ 10″175Jul 11, 188451290.4
Harry Wolverton38BR5′ 11″205Dec 6, 187393560
Guy Zinn25LR5′ 10″170Feb 13, 188721061060.3

1912 New York Yankees player additions, transactions, and trades

February 1912:

  • February (approximate date): Purchased Alva Williams from the Boston Red Sox.
  • February 17: Traded a player to be named later and John Knight to the Washington Nationals. Received Gabby Street. The New York Highlanders sent Alva Williams (February 22, 1912) to the Washington Nationals to complete the trade.

April 1912:

  • April 9: Selected Gus Fisher off waivers from the Cleveland Naps.

May 1912:

  • May 30: Purchased Ray Keating from Lawrence (New England) for $7,000.
  • May 31: Cozy Dolan player rights sold to Rochester (International).

June 1912:

  • June 24: Hippo Vaughn selected by the Washington Nationals off waivers.

July 1912:

  • July (approximate date): Purchased Klondike Smith from Brockton (New England).
  • July 2: Purchased John Dowd from Brockton (New England).
  • July 12: Signed George Davis as an amateur free agent.
  • July 21: Purchased Del Paddock from Dubuque (Three-I).

August 1912:

  • August (approximate date): Traded Ernie Shore and cash to Indianapolis (American Association). Received Ted Goulait.
  • August 12: Traded Jack Martin and Jack Quinn to Rochester (International). Received Tommy McMillan.
  • August 23: Traded a player to be named later and Guy Zinn to Rochester (International). Received Jack Lelivelt. The New York Highlanders sent Klondike Smith (minors) (August 28, 1912) to Rochester (International) to complete the trade.

September 1912:

  • September (approximate date): Drafted Ralph Young from Harrisburg (Tri-State) in the 1912 rule 5 draft.
  • September 16: Drafted Red McKee from Indianapolis (American Association) in the 1912 rule 5 draft.
  • September 18: Traded Red McKee to the Detroit Tigers. Received Claud Derrick.

1912 New York Yankees player debuts

  • George Batten – 09-28-1912 – 20 years old
  • Curt Coleman – 04-13-1912 – 25 years old
  • George Davis – 07-16-1912 – 22 years old
  • John Dowd – 07-03-1912 – 21 years old
  • Benny Kauff – 04-20-1912 – 22 years old
  • Ray Keating – 09-12-1912 – 19 years old
  • Jack Little – 07-02-1912 – 21 years old
  • Pat Maloney – 06-19-1912 – 24 years old
  • Jack Martin – 04-25-1912 – 25 years old
  • Bill Otis – 07-04-1912 – 22 years old
  • Al Schulz – 09-25-1912 – 23 years old
  • George Shears – 04-24-1912 – 22 years old
  • Klondike Smith – 09-28-1912 – 25 years old
  • Dutch Sterrett – 06-20-1912 – 22 years old
  • Bill Stumpf – 05-11-1912 – 20 years old
  • Carl Thompson – 06-05-1912 – 22 years old
  • Homer Thompson – 10-05-1912 – 21 years old

1912 New York Yankees team stats (batting)

CEd Sweeney2311039035137941210306527160.268
1BHal Chase2913156652261143219458332217400.274
2BHack Simmons271104484014596172041191533490.239
SSJack Martin2571282231305261017141637240.225
3BDel Paddock25461851562645531149823210.288
OFRoy Hartzell30125495416501131011138201264350.272
OFBert Daniels29135584496721362511241372051520.274
OFGuy Zinn25106462401561051510655171150570.262
UTCharles Sterrett22662512303061471328711230.265
OFBirdie Cree29502201902563116022121920250.332
SSTommy McMillan244117514924342001218101580.228
2BEarle Gardner2843172160144531026118580.281
OFJack Lelivelt263615414912546722378490.362
SSBill Stumpf204214312983100010526200.24
CGabby Street29299888416110610750.182
3BEzra Midkiff292197869211009447120.244
OFPat Maloney24259079917100432660.215
3BCozy Dolan29187260151213011535120.2
CBob Williams2820584476100300980.136
3BHarry Wolverton38345650615110410270.3
3BCurt Coleman2512453789400402730.243
OFHarry Wolter271243328112101531040.344
SSJohn Dowd2110383116100002660.194
OFKlondike Smith257292705100010050.185
OFBill Otis224201711000201330.059
OFBenny Kauff225141143000210300.273
OFJack Little213141223000020140.25
CGus Fisher264101011000000040.1
2BGeorge Batten2013300000000010
Johnny Priest2123211000100000.5
CHomer Thompson211000000000000
PRuss Ford294012611215328018216310.286
PJack Warhop2739102921219200621760.207
PGeorge McConnell3442100911127420800480.297
PRay Caldwell2444827618181206415130.237
PJack Quinn28184539480003004120.205
PRay Fisher24173431020001000120.065
PHippo Vaughn2415222132000000080.095
PGeorge Davis22102018020001002100.111
PRay Keating186171616100300150.375
PCarl Thompson228131003000001230.3
PGeorge Shears2247611100000110.167
PAl Schulz2337510000000230
PRed Hoff2155501000000000.2
Team Totals26.815357975092632132016879185022471844635790.259
Rank in 8 AL teams57676647535
Non-Pitcher Totals26.815352174570566119915175174662391804294670.262
Pitcher Totals27.31535805226612117413684341120.232

1912 New York Yankees team stats (pitching)

SPRuss Ford2913210.3823.55363513000291.2317165115
SPJack Warhop2710190.3452.86392215160325825612182
SPRay Caldwell248160.3334.47302631330183.119611191
SPGeorge McConnell348120.42.75232031900176.21729654
SPJack Quinn28570.4175.7918114700102.21398966
SPRay Fisher24280.25.881713250090.11077059
RPHippo Vaughn24280.25.141510351063664836
RPCarl Thompson220206.0672510032.2433222
George Davis22140.26.5107250054614339
Ray Keating180305.865130035.2362723
Al Schulz23110.52.231210016.11184
Red Hoff210106.8951200015.2201412
George Shears22005.44040001524189
Team Totals26.9501020.3294.13153153471054313351448842612
Rank in 8 AL teams8183888888

1912 New York Yankees record vs. opponents/ Team splits

Opponent (Games)WonLostWP
Boston Red Sox (21)2190.095
Chicago White Sox (22)9130.409
Cleveland Naps (22)8130.381
Detroit Tigers (22)6160.273
Philadelphia Athletics (22)5170.227
St. Louis Browns (22)1390.591
Washington Senators (22)7150.318

1912 New York Yankees monthly record

Month (Games)WonLostWP
April (12)2100.167
May (22)10120.455
June (27)6210.222
July (31)13180.419
August (32)14170.452
September (25)4210.160
October (4)130.250

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