1915 Philadelphia Athletics season

1915 Philadelphia Athletics season

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.

Season highlights

  • June 23, 1915: Athletics pitcher Bruno Haas set an American League record by walking 16 Yankees in one game.[3]

Season standings


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

External links

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