1915 Philadelphia Athletics season

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1915 Philadelphia Athletics
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Owner(s) Connie Mack, Benjamin Shibe, Tom Shibe and John Shibe
Manager(s) Connie Mack
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The 1915 Philadelphia Athletics season was a season in American baseball. After the team won the American League pennant in 1914, the team dropped all the way to last place with a record of 43 wins and 109 losses.

Offseason

Regular season

The Federal League had been formed to begin play in 1914. As the A.L. had done 13 years before, the new league raided existing A.L. and N.L. teams for players. Athletics owner Connie Mack refused to match the offers of the F.L. teams, preferring to let the "prima donnas" go and rebuild with younger (and less expensive) players. The result was a swift and near-total collapse, a "first-to-worst" situation. The Athletics went from a 99–53 (.651) record and a pennant in 1914 to a record of 43–109 (.283) and 8th (last) place in 1915. At the time, it was the third-worst winning percentage in American League history. The infield of Whitey Witt, Charlie Pick and Nap Lajoie was derisively known as the "$10 Infield".[3]

Season highlights

  • June 23, 1915: Athletics pitcher Bruno Haas set an American League record by walking 16 Yankees in one game.[4]

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Red Sox 101 50 0.669 55–20 46–30
Detroit Tigers 100 54 0.649 51–26 49–28
Chicago White Sox 93 61 0.604 54–24 39–37
Washington Senators 85 68 0.556 17 50–29 35–39
New York Yankees 69 83 0.454 32½ 37–43 32–40
St. Louis Browns 63 91 0.409 39½ 35–38 28–53
Cleveland Indians 57 95 0.375 44½ 27–50 30–45
Philadelphia Athletics 43 109 0.283 58½ 19–53 24–56


Record vs. opponents

1915 American League Records

Sources:

[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]

Team BOS CWS CLE DET NYY PHI STL WSH
Boston 12–10 16–4 14–8 10–12 17–5–1 17–5–2 15–6–1
Chicago 10–12 16–6 7–15 15–7 19–3 18–4 8–14–1
Cleveland 4–16 6–16 5–17 9–13–1 15–7–1 12–10 6–16
Detroit 8–14 15–7 17–5 17–5 17–5 13–9–2 13–9
New York 12–10 7–15 13–9–1 5–17 11–9 12–10–1 9–13
Philadelphia 5–17–1 3–19 7–15–1 5–17 9–11 6–16 8–14
St. Louis 5–17–2 4–18 10–12 9–13–2 10–12–1 16–6 9–13
Washington 6–15–1 14–8–1 16–6 9–13 13–9 14–8 13–9


Roster

1915 Philadelphia Athletics
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Lapp, JackJack Lapp 112 312 85 .272 2 31
1B McInnis, StuffyStuffy McInnis 119 456 143 .314 0 49
2B Lajoie, NapNap Lajoie 129 490 137 .280 1 61
OF Oldring, RubeRube Oldring 107 408 101 .248 6 42

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Murphy, EddieEddie Murphy 68 260 60 .231 0 17
Thompson, ShagShag Thompson 17 33 11 .333 0 2
Seibold, SocksSocks Seibold 10 26 3 .115 0 2
Crane, SamSam Crane 8 23 2 .087 0 1
Haas, BrunoBruno Haas 12 18 1 .056 0 0
McConnell, SamSam McConnell 6 11 2 .182 0 0
Davis, HarryHarry Davis 5 3 1 .333 0 4
Lear, FredFred Lear 2 2 0 .000 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Wyckoff, WeldonWeldon Wyckoff 43 276 10 22 3.52 157
Bush, JoeJoe Bush 25 145.2 5 15 4.14 89
Crowell, CapCap Crowell 10 54.1 2 6 5.47 15
Turner, TinkTink Turner 1 2 0 1 22.50 0
Cone, BobBob Cone 1 0.2 0 0 40.50 0

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bressler, RubeRube Bressler 32 178.1 4 17 5.20 69
Knowlson, TomTom Knowlson 18 100.2 4 6 3.49 24
Fillingim, DanaDana Fillingim 8 39.1 0 5 3.43 17
Eccles, HarryHarry Eccles 5 21 0 1 4.71 13
Morrisette, BillBill Morrisette 4 20 2 0 1.35 11
Ancker, WalterWalter Ancker 4 17.2 0 0 3.57 4
Haas, BrunoBruno Haas 6 14.1 0 1 11.93 7
Ray, CarlCarl Ray 2 7.1 0 1 4.91 6

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Davis, BudBud Davis 18 0 2 0 4.05 18
Harper, JackJack Harper 3 0 0 0 3.12 3
Pillion, SquizSquiz Pillion 2 0 0 0 6.75 0

Awards and honors

League top five finishers

Rube Bressler

  • #2 in AL in earned runs allowed (103)

Bullet Joe Bush

  • #3 in AL in wild pitches (10)

Rube Oldring

  • #2 in AL in home runs (6)

Weldon Wyckoff

  • AL leader in losses (22)
  • AL leader in earned runs allowed (108)
  • AL leader in walks allowed (165)
  • AL leader in wild pitches (14)
  • #3 in AL in strikeouts (157)

References

  1. ^ Eddie Collins page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Nap Lajoie page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Hollingsworth, Harry (1994). The Best & Worst Baseball Teams of All Time: From the '16 A's to the '27 Yanks to the Present!. United States: SPI Books. p. 187. ISBN 1561713082. 
  4. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 25, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0

External links

  • 1915 Philadelphia Athletics team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1915 Philadelphia Athletics team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
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