1916 Negro League Baseball Season Roster
- Bold Ambition: Rube Foster envisions third major league, settles for Negro League crown
- Blackball Stars: 8 Hall of Famers, 18 others from SOM’s Negro League Stars set
- The Best: Schoolboy Johnson wins 31; top hitters Louis Santop, Jimmie Lyons, Blainey Hall
The class of the six-team Negro League was Rube Foster’s Chicago’s American Giants. Pro-rated to a 150-game season, the Giants went 88-62 to overcome the talented New York Lincolns (84-66). Foster, the so-called “millionaire” manager of the American Giants, began 1916 with bold plans for an all-black third “major” league, to take the place left by the demise of the Federal League.
Chicago’s School Boy Johnson (31-13) was the big winner. Team mates Dick Whitworth (24-9; 1.65 ERA), Tom Williams (13-7, league low 1.58) & OF/P Jude Gans (LF-1; 9-5, 1.91) formed a dominant staff. NY had two 20-game winners, Dick Redding (24-6, 2.05), & Smoke Williams (23-9, 1.97), as did the Cubans’ Jose Junco (25-9, 2.21) and Brooklyn’s Howling Harvey (23-16). Brooklyn’s Doc Sykes was the only 20-game loser (15-23, 3.15).
New York’s Blainey Hall (in only 100 games) tied Brooklyn’s Santop (league-leading 19 triples and .896 OPS) for the batting crown at .333. St. Louis’ Lyons was the power/speed champ with 9 home runs & 66 swipes. His teammate, the versatile Sam Bennett, led with 39 doubles.
Gamers familiar with Strat-O-Matic’s Negro League Stars set will recognize 26 players from that set, including Hall of Famers Oscar Charleston, Rube Foster, Pete Hill, Pop Lloyd,
Louis Santop, Ben Taylor, Cristobal Torriente, Smokey Joe Williams.
Requires Strat-O-Matic Baseball 2018 or higher to play
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