1913 – Team Loses 99 Games

Last Place

The Cardinals manage to avoid losing 100 games, in 1913, as they finish 51-99 by defeating Cincinnati on the final day of the season. Rookie manager Miller Huggins saw his team in last place and 49 games behind the Giants. The team loses 99 games.

Attendance Down

This season saw a dip in attendance down to 203,000 people. Huggins hit .286 as player-manager  and Slim Sallee ws 18-15. This was the first season for righthander Bill Doak, who completed the season at 2-3. It wouldn’t be long before he would reel off some wins for the Cardinals.

Konetchy Wins His First and Only Win on Mound

During the season, Ed Konetchy, first baseman for the Cardinals is called upon to pitch over four innings in a 13-inning game and he garners his first and only win of his career on May 4th.

Rebel Oakes leads Team then Leaves

Some stats from the year finds the Cardinals scored 528 runs and allowed 755 to their opposition. Outfielder Rebel Oakes led the team with 158 hits and a .293 batting average. Oakes bolts after the season for a third league being formed called the Federal League.

Other Notable Players

Bill Doak

Doak was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1914 he went 19–6 and lead the league with an ERA of 1.72. Doak won 20 games in 1920, and led the NL in ERA again in 1921. On June 14, 1924, Doak was traded by the Cardinals to the Brooklyn Robins for Leo Dickerman.

He returned to St. Louis for a short time in 1929 before retiring. His lifetime record is 169–157, with an ERA of 2.98 and 1,014 strikeouts. Even though Doak played with many unremarkable teams, he is among the Cardinals’ top 10 in eight pitching categories; his 32 shutouts rank second behind Bob Gibson.

Doak’s main pitch, the spitball, earned him the nickname “Spittin’ Bill”. When the pitch was outlawed in 1920, Doak was one of 17 pitchers allowed to continue throwing the spitball.

Doak made his most lasting contribution to baseball by innovating the design of the baseball glove. In 1920, he suggested to Rawlings that a web should be laced between the first finger and thumb, saying it would create a natural pocket. The Bill Doak glove soon replaced all other baseball gloves and is the standard to this day.

Zinn Beck

Zinn Bertram Beck (September 30, 1885 – March 19, 1981), born in Steubenville, Ohio was a Major League Baseball third baseman, shortstop and first baseman who went on to become a minor league manager and baseball scout.

Beck played for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1913 to 1916, and the New York Yankees in 1918. In 290 career games, he had a .226 batting average with 204 hits in 902 At-bats. He batted and threw right-handed. Zinn Beck Field at Sanford Memorial Stadium in Sanford, Florida is named in his honor. In 1978 he was presented with the King of Baseball award given by Minor League Baseball. Beck was born in Steubenville, Ohio and died in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Minor League Managerial Career

From 1920 to 1922 Beck managed the Columbia Comers in Columbia, South Carolina, winning the South Atlantic League pennant the first two years. From 1923 to 1925 Beck managed the Greenville Spinners in Greenville, South Carolina also in the South Atlantic League. In 1927 he managed the Portsmouth Truckers in Portsmouth, Virginia, winning the Virginia League pennant, and in 1928 managed the Norfolk Tars in Norfolk, Virginia until the Virginia League disbanded in June. He managed the Selma Cloverleafs in Selma, Alabama for the last part of the 1928 season, returning for full seasons in 1929 and 1930, winning the Southeastern League pennant that year. In 1934 he managed the Washington Senators farm team the Chattanooga Lookouts before being replaced by Mule Shirley.

Finners Quinlan

Thomas Finners Quinlan (October 21, 1887 – February 17, 1966) was an American professional baseball outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1913 and Chicago White Sox in 1915. Quinlan was 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighed 154 pounds.

Career

Quinlan was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in 1887. He started his professional baseball career in 1908, when he played one game for the New York State League’s Scranton Miners. In 1911 he played in the Ohio–Pennsylvania League for a season and then returned to the Scranton Miners for 1912 and 1913. He had a batting average of .283 in 1913, and in August of that year, his contract was sold to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Quinlan made his major league debut on September 6, 1913. He played 13 games for the Cardinals that season and batted .160 with one run batted in (RBI). The one RBI came on a game-winning hit off future Hall of Fame pitcher Christy Mathewson.

Quinlan returned to the minor leagues for one year. He batted .290 for the Pacific Coast League’s Oakland Oaks and then was purchased by another major league club, the Chicago White Sox.[2][5] He spent the early part of 1915 with Chicago, batted .193 in 42 games, and then returned to the Pacific Coast League with the Salt Lake City Bees.

In 1916, Quinlan batted a career-high .313 with 49 doubles. He led the PCL in both hits (241) and outfield assists (43). However, his batting average then dropped to .254 in 1917.

Quinlan did not play professional baseball in 1918, as he had joined the military for World War I. On September 9, 1918, he lost an eye and his left arm in the Battle of Argonne Forest in France.