1915 Philadelphia Athletics season

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.


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 10150 0.669 55–20 46–30
Detroit Tigers 10054 0.649 51–26 49–28
Chicago White Sox 9361 0.604 54–24 39–37
Washington Senators 8568 0.556 17 50–29 35–39
New York Yankees 6983 0.454 32½ 37–43 32–40
St. Louis Browns 6391 0.409 39½ 35–38 28–53
Cleveland Indians 5795 0.375 44½ 27–50 30–45
Philadelphia Athletics 43109 0.283 58½ 19–53 24–56

Record vs. opponents

1915 American League Records

Boston 12–1016–414–810–1217–5–117–5–215–6–1
Chicago 10–1216–67–1515–719–318–48–14–1
Cleveland 4–166–165–179–13–115–7–112–106–16
Detroit 8–1415–717–517–517–513–9–213–9
New York 12–107–1513–9–15–1711–912–10–19–13
Philadelphia 5–17–13–197–15–15–179–116–168–14
St. Louis 5–17–24–1810–129–13–210–12–116–69–13
Washington 6–15–114–8–116–69–1313–914–813–9


1915 Philadelphia Athletics
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager

Player stats


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
CJack Lapp11231285.272231
1BStuffy McInnis119456143.314049
2BNap Lajoie129490137.280161
OFRube Oldring107408101.248642

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
Eddie Murphy6826060.231017
Shag Thompson173311.33302
Socks Seibold10263.11502
Sam Crane8232.08701
Bruno Haas12181.05600
Sam McConnell6112.18200
Harry Davis531.33304
Fred Lear220.00000


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
Weldon Wyckoff4327610223.52157
Joe Bush25145.25154.1489
Cap Crowell1054.1265.4715
Tink Turner120122.500
Bob Cone10.20040.500

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
Rube Bressler32178.14175.2069
Tom Knowlson18100.2463.4924
Dana Fillingim839.1053.4317
Harry Eccles521014.7113
Bill Morrisette420201.3511
Walter Ancker417.2003.574
Bruno Haas614.10111.937
Carl Ray27.1014.916

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
Bud Davis180204.0518
Jack Harper30003.123
Squiz Pillion20006.750

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)


  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
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