Photograph © Albert R. Stone - Rochester Museum & Science Center
The 1912 Hustlers featured some of the best power hitting in their history. Cozy Dolan broke the double digit mark in HR with 11 while also hitting 12 2B and 15 3B, while taking over the Rochester Batting title with a .354 average and the all time Slugging pct at .506. Amazingly enough Jack Lelivelt would finish just 3 points below him as the two battled it out all season for the batting title. Lelivelt batted .351 with 33 2B, 14 3B and 3 HR and also put up a .498 SLG but would break all Rochester records as he put together a 42 game hitting streak… a statistic that still stands up today as the longest in Rochester history.. Back to the power, Otis Johnson’s 31 2B, 13 3B, 8 HR and .264 batting average was good enough to tie the all time HR lead had Dolan not superseded it with his 11 HR performance. Joe Ward was nearly as impressive with 22 2B, 8 3B, 7 HR and a .271. Wid Conroy put up 27 2B, 8 3B, 6 HR and batted .279 as the Hustlers had the most potent bats in the International League. The pitching however wasn’t nearly as good. For the first time in a long time, it actually failed the team. Tom Hughes was 17-10, Keiser Wilhelm was 16-10 and Ed Kelpfer was 13-9. All of the efforts however went for naught as Jerry Akers went 6-17 and Jim Holmes finished at 15-18.