1915 Philadelphia Phillies season

1915 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1915 Philadelphia Phillies season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Phillies winning the National League, then going on to lose the 1915 World Series to the Boston Red Sox. This was the team's first pennant since joining the league in 1883. They would have to wait another 35 years for their second.

Offseason

Regular season

The pitching staff allowed the fewest runs in the NL. It was led by Hall of Famer Grover Cleveland Alexander, who had one of the greatest seasons in history and won the pitching triple crown. Outfielder Gavvy Cravath, aided by the small Baker Bowl park, led the majors in home runs, runs batted in, and slugging percentage.

Season standings


Roster

1915 Philadelphia Phillies
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 Killefer, BillBill Killefer 105 320 76 .238 0 24
1B Luderus, FredFred Luderus 141 499 157 .315 7 62
2B Niehoff, BertBert Niehoff 148 529 126 .238 2 49
3B Byrne, BobbyBobby Byrne 105 387 81 .209 0 21
SS Bancroft, DaveDave Bancroft 153 563 143 .254 7 30
OF Cravath, GavvyGavvy Cravath 150 522 149 .285 24 115
OF Becker, BealsBeals Becker 112 338 83 .246 11 35
OF Whitted, PossumPossum Whitted 128 448 126 .281 1 43

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
Paskert, DodeDode Paskert 109 328 80 .244 3 39
Stock, MiltMilt Stock 69 227 59 .260 1 15
Burns, EdEd Burns 67 174 42 .241 0 16
Weiser, BudBud Weiser 37 64 9 .141 0 8
Dugey, OscarOscar Dugey 42 39 6 .154 0 0
Adams, BertBert Adams 24 27 3 .111 0 2

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
Alexander, PetePete Alexander 49 376.1 31 10 1.22 241
Mayer, ErskineErskine Mayer 43 274.2 21 15 2.36 114
Demaree, AlAl Demaree 32 209.2 14 11 3.05 69
Rixey, EppaEppa Rixey 29 176.2 11 12 2.39 88
Chalmers, GeorgeGeorge Chalmers 26 170.1 8 9 2.48 82
McQuillan, GeorgeGeorge McQuillan 9 63.2 4 3 2.12 13

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
Oeschger, JoeJoe Oeschger 6 23.2 1 0 3.42 8

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
Baumgartner, StanStan Baumgartner 16 0 2 0 2.42 27
Tincup, BenBen Tincup 10 0 0 0 2.03 10

Awards and honors

League top five finishers

Grover Cleveland Alexander

  • MLB leader in wins (31)
  • MLB leader in ERA (1.22)
  • MLB leader in strikeouts (241)
  • MLB leader in shutouts (12)

Dave Bancroft

  • #3 in NL in runs scored (85)

Gavvy Cravath

  • MLB leader in home runs (24)
  • MLB leader in RBI (115)
  • MLB leader in slugging percentage (.510)
  • NL leader in runs scored (89)
  • NL leader in on-base percentage (.393)

Fred Luderus

  • #2 in NL in batting average (.315)
  • #2 in NL in slugging percentage (.457)

Erskine Mayer

  • #3 in NL in wins (21)

Postseason

1915 World Series

Main article: 1915 World Series

Game 1

The Phillies won 3 to 1, although New York Times reporter Hugh Fullerton wrote, "Alexander pitched a bad game of ball. He had little or nothing." He titled his article, "Nothing but luck saved the Phillies." The Times also reported that 10,000 people gathered in New York City's Times Square to watch a real-time mechanical recreation of the game on a giant scoreboard sponsored by the newspaper.[2]

October 8, 1915 at Baker Bowl in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 8 1
Philadelphia 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 x 3 5 1
W: Grover Cleveland Alexander (1-0)  L: Ernie Shore (0-1)

Game 2

October 9, 1915 at Baker Bowl in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 10 0
Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 x 1 3 1
W: Rube Foster (1-0)  L: Erskine Mayer (0-1)

Game 3

October 11, 1915 at Braves Field in Boston, Massachusetts

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0
Boston 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 6 1
W: Dutch Leonard (1-0)  L: Grover Cleveland Alexander (1-1)

Game 4

October 12, 1915 at Braves Field in Boston, Massachusetts

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 7 0
Boston 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 x 2 8 1
W: Ernie Shore (1-1)  L: George Chalmers (0-1)

Game 5

October 13, 1915 at Baker Bowl in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 5 10 1
Philadelphia 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 9 1
W: Rube Foster (2-0)  L: Eppa Rixey (0-1)

Testimonial dinner

On October 16, 1915, a testimonial dinner was given to honor the 1915 Phillies for the franchise's first pennant. The dinner took place at The Bellevue-Stratford Hotel. Speakers included Philadelphia mayor Rudolph Blankenburg, Phillies owner William Baker, National League president John Tener, and Phillies manager Pat Moran.[3]

Notes

References

  • Baseball Reference: 1915 Philadelphia Phillies season

External links

  • Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society: 1915 Phillies
Preceded by
Boston Braves
1914
National League Championship Season
1915
Succeeded by
Brooklyn Robins
1916