1907 Statistics

Western Canada Baseball League :

Ralph Works, the workhorse pitcher-outfielder of Medicine Hat, was the toast of the league in the inaugural season of the Western Canada Baseball League. Works, the leading hurler with a 26-11 mark in 40 games, hit the ball at a .341 clip to also capture the batting crown, edging first baseman Arthur O'Dea of the Lethbridge Miners who finished second at .339. O'Dea led the loop in hits, with 95 and had 8 doubles. Edmonton's Mel Blexrud was third. Billy Hamilton of Medicine Hat was fourth, with a .319 mark, and led the WCBL with 72 runs scored. Ed Kippert of Lethbridge was the leader in stolen bases, with 39.

According to the official statistics, Works wrapped up his mound duties with a mark of 26-11, while a study of game reports and boxscores showed a record of 27-9.  The future major leaguer led all pitchers with 217 strikeouts and 129 bases on balls. His teammate, lefty George Hollis, finished with a 19-9 won-lost record. Works wrapped up his remarkable season with the top fielding record for pitchers.


Average - Works, MH, .341
Runs - Hamilton MH 72, Mackin LB 64, Kippert LB 63, O'Donnell CG-MH 59, O'Dea LB 53 
Hits - O'Dea LB 95, Hamilton MH 94, Chandler CG 94, Ford ED 87, Kippert LB 85 
Home Runs - Nunzie LB 3, Kippert LB 3, McClelland CG 2, Perry MH 2, O'Dea LB 2 
Triples - Chander CG 16, O'Donnell CG-MH 15, Nunzie LB 10, Works MH 7, Lussi ED 7 
Doubles - O'Dea LB 18, O'Donnell CG-MH 18, Hollis MH 16, Ford ED 13 Blexrud ED 12 
Stolen Bases - Kippert LB 39, Mackin LB 35, Hamilton MH 30, West MH 27, Foster LB 27 
Sacrifices - Mackin LB 29, Ford Ed 21, West MH 20, Lussi ED 18, Hopkins MH-CG & Benny MH 15 
   WESTERN CANADA LEAGUE         GP  PA  AB  R   H  TB 2B 3B HR SH SB CS BB  SO HB RBI   PCT
   Works Ralph MH                59     173 30  59              4   5                   .341
   O'Dea Arthur LB               78     280 53  95             13  13                   .339
   Blexrud Mel ED                67     244 38  82              3   7                   .336
   Gouche/Gouchee Del CG         24      59  4  19              4   3                   .322
   Hamilton William MH           87     295 72  94             12  30                   .319
   Lussi Bill ED                 93     275 51  83             18  24                   .302
   Chandler E. CG                88     317 43  94              7  23                   .296(a)
   West William MH               66     214 45  63             20  27                   .294
   Ford Clint (Kid) ED           93     307 52  87             21  16                   .283
   Sykes CG                      37     106 17  30              1   6                   .283
   Nunzie F. LB                  70     249 27  70             10  10                   .281
   Mackin John LB                85     290 64  81             29  36                   .279(b)
   Westcott Claire MH            55     187 34  52              7  18                   .278
   Kippert Ed LB                 88     307 63  85             10  39                   .277
   Adams George ED               30     119 17  33              3   5                   .277
   O'Donnell James CG-MH         79     269 59  72              2  15                   .268
   Hollis George MH              52     150 19  40              9   7                   .267(c)
   Shine Milton CG-MH            20      60  6  16              1   6                   .267(c)
   Erickson Edward ED            23      68  7  18              0   3                   .265
   Hopkins W. MH-CG              91     315 48  83             15  22                   .263(d)
   Bennett Si ED                 88     311 49  82             14  26                   .264
   Zurlage Gus MH                93     300 51  76              9  10                   .253
   Russell William CG            87     312 53  79             14  20                   .253
   White William CG-LB           44     170 33  43              5   6                   .253
   McClair Eldred ED             34      91  5  23              1   0                   .253
   O'Neill CG-LB                 78     304 25  76              9   5                   .250
   McClelland CG                 66     217 32  52              8   7                   .240
   Wessler George ED             93     297 32  71              8  18                   .239
   McClain/McKain Brownie MH     53     189 25  44              7  14                   .233
   Rodgers Chester CG            44     150 17  34              6   9                   .227
   Barnstead Fred CG             45     135  8  30              5   1                   .222
   Taylor CG                     34     119 21  26              9   9                   .218(e)
   Schurch Henry LB              46     134 10  29              4   2                   .216
   Totman Clarence MH            72     259 31  56             11  23                   .216
   Farrell CG                    15      27  5   8              1   8                   .216
   Perry E.C. (Red) MH           87     270 48  57             14  23                   .211
   Bues Art LB                   88     317 40  67              9  14                   .211
   Egan LB                       13      39  8   8              2   6                   .205
   Baker R.W. (Molly) ED         84     294 48  60             11   9                   .204
   Grimes Jimmy ED               60     198 19  40             14  10                   .202
   Wheeler Fay ED                10      20  5   4              1   2                   .200
   Benny John B. (Jack) MH       87     265 37  52             15  20                   .196
   Foster William  LB            84     326 47  64              5  27                   .196
   Harris MH                     20      77  8  15              2   3                   .195
   Rogers Fred LB                71     227 24  44              9   8                   .194
   Crist Charles ED              38     103  8  20              3   2                   .194
   Sullivan George CG            38     133 10  25              9  11                   .188
   Fogarty John LB               64     194 26  36             13  10                   .186
   Barrett CG-MH                 25      76 11  14              1   3                   .184
   Driscoll CG                   11      38  4   7              1   1                   .184
   Quinn CG                      11      44  7   8              1   2                   .182
   Harper Alex ED                76     240 20  43              7  10                   .179
   Jansa CG                      43     141 15  25              7   2                   .177
   Rodosey Albert CG             58     181 10  30             10   5                   .166
   McDonough Charlie CG-MH       17      43  6   7              2   2                   .163
   O'Brien LB                    39     150 42  24              4  18                   .160
   Nagle Phil (Lefty) ED         21      69  1  11              1   0                   .159
   Boylan James MH-LB            25      79  6  12              7   2                   .152
   White William (Deacon) ED     36      93  9  13              3   3                   .140
   Kinnear Bert CG               22      57  7   8              1   0                   .140
   Morrison John LB              22      65  5   8              1   2                   .123
   Turner CG                     16      43  3   5              1   1                   .116
   Moyne Art ED                  18      46  1   5              3   0                   .109
   Cook MH                       10      21  2   2              1   0                   .095

(a) There were six players whose published averages were not precisely the marks from the
at bats and hits published.  All, however, were minor, likely rounding errors for Chandler,
Mackin, Hollis, Shine, Hopkins and Taylor.
Sources : The Reach Official American League Guide, 1908; Spalding's Official Base Ball Guide 1908; 
Medicine Hat News, Dec 12, 1907; The Lethbridge Herald, Oct. 10, 1907 &  Edmonton Bulletin, 
October 4, 1907; Calgary Herald, October 3, 1907 Wins - Works MH 27
Won-Lost Pct - Works MH - .750 Games - Works MH 40
Games Started - Works MH 36
Complete Games - Works MH 33 OFFICIAL G GS CG W L PCT IP AB H R ER HR BB SO HB WP ERA Works Ralph MH 40 26 11 .703 262 155 129 217 38 9 Hollis George MH 31 21 9 .700 231 122 75 173 12 8 Crist Charles ED 32 19 9 .679 216 104 64 136 12 5 Blexrud Mel ED 17 10 5 .667 122 62 91 38 9 3 Erickson Edward ED 9 6 3 .667 67 22 13 46 4 6 Cook MH 5 3 2 .600 37 25 16 24 1 1 Schurch Henry LB 33 17 13 .567 228 173 119 189 38 3 Fogarty John LB 20 11 9 .550 152 90 47 109 10 4 Kippert Ed LB 11 5 5 .500 76 64 33 29 8 2 Barrett CG-MH 8 3 3 .500 59 30 21 25 3 4 McClair Eldred ED 31 14 15 .483 202 126 91 155 13 8 Pennington MH 5 2 3 .400 44 22 19 10 0 2 Barnstead Fred CG 29 9 17 .346 176 127 75 130 18 4 Sykes CG 21 6 13 .316 146 81 34 88 9 7 Kinnear Bert CG 21 5 14 .263 167 150 60 85 11 1 Shine Milton CG-MH 9 2 6 .250 85 60 33 32 7 1 Morrison John LB 20 4 14 .222 192 113 36 38 4 4 White William CG-LB 9 2 7 .222 76 46 29 24 7 3 Sources : The Reach Official American League Guide, 1908; Spalding's Official Base Ball Guide 1908; The Medicine Hat News, Oct 10, 1907; Edmonton Bulletin, October 4, 1907; Calgary Herald, October 3, 1907 Below, pitching statistics derived from boxscores, game reports and statistics published during the season, including - The Lethbridge Herald, Oct 10, 1907; Edmonton Bulletin, October 4, 1907; Calgary Herald, October 3, 1907
   WESTERN CANADA LEAGUE          G GS CG   W  L   PCT   IP  AB   H   R ER HR  BB  SO HB WP   ERA
   Works Ralph MH                46 36 33  27  9  .750
   Erickson Edward ED            10 10  9   7  3  .700
   Hollis George MH              34 30 25  19  9  .679
   Blexrud Mel ED                19 16 15  10  5  .667
   Crist Charles ED              33 30 27  17 10  .630
   Fogarty John LB               24 21 19  12  9  .571
   Schurch Henry LB              36 34 26  16 13  .552
   McClair Eldred ED             33 30 25  13 13  .500
   Kippert Ed LB                 14 11 10   5  5  .500
   Shine Milton CG-MH            10  9  7   4  5  .444
   Barnstead Fred CG             34 29 28   8 18  .308
   Sykes CG                      21 21 19   5 13  .278
   Barrett CG-MH                 16 14  7   3  8  .273
   Kinnear Bert CG               22 20 17   5 15  .250
   Morrison John LB              17 14 14   3 10  .231
   White William CG-LB           11 10  9   2  8  .200
   (Fewer than 10 Games)
   Harper Alex ED                 5  2  2   2  0 1.000
   Lagore MH                      4  2  1   1  0 1.000
   Fueschel MH                    2  2  1   1  0 1.000
   Pennington MH                  8  5  4   3  2  .600
   Cook MH                        5  4  2   1  2  .333
   McClelland CG                  5  3  3   1  2  .333
   McGuicken Ed ED                4  3  1   1  2  .333
   Perry MH                       2  0  0   0  0  .000
   Bues Art LB                    1  0  0   0  0  .000
   McLachlan Joe ED               1  1  0   0  0  .000
   Russell William CG             1  0  0   0  0  .000
   Pitman ED-MH                   3  2  1   0  1  .000
   Fox MH                         3  3  1   0  2  .000
   Haley Fred CG                  2  2  2   0  2  .000
Source : Boxscores, game reports

CB = Calgary Bronchos, ED = Edmonon Capitals, LB = Lethbridge Miners, MH = Medicine Hat.