The 1915 baseball season was an excellent year for the Phillies, but a desperate one for the Indians. See how these teams fared, along with other news, as you peruse some of the headlines of the 1915 baseball season below:
Phillies Earn 1915 National League Pennant
Taking the National League by 7 games, the Philadelphia Phillies of 1915 went 90-62 -- just one triumph shy of their 1916 club record, the best of any Phillies team until 1976. Although Eppa Rixey and Pete Alexander won 55 games between them in 1916, the Phils dropped to second. The team was hurt by the demise of Erskine Mayer, who fell from 21 wins in 1915 to 7 wins in 1916.
Tribe Sells Joe Jackson
Only the A's kept the Indians from a second consecutive cellar finish in 1915. The team was so desperate for cash to keep afloat that all it took was a reported $31,500 and three players -- only one of whom, Braggo Roth, ever helped the Cleveland club much -- for White Sox owner Charlie Comiskey to obtain Joe Jackson. Jackson turned in a .272 average and 36 RBI in 158 at-bats in Chicago in 1915. Jackson brought Commy's team two pennants (in 1917 and 1919) and everlasting infamy.
George Sisler Starts in St. Louis
George Sisler spent most of his career with the Browns. His debut season in 1915 produced a .285 average, three home runs, and 29 RBI in 274 at-bats. By rights, however, he probably should have played for the Pirates, who came within a hair of having him declared their property in 1915. He would have plugged the first-base hole that had existed in Pittsburgh since 1905.
Eddie Plank Sets Record for Wins
Eddie Plank won his 300th game in 1915, sporting the uniform of the Federal League St. Louis Terriers. Though 40 years old, Plank toyed with Federal League hitters, going 21-11 with a 2.08 ERA. He finished his career in 1917 with the St. Louis Browns after notching 326 victories. Plank's record for the most career wins by a southpaw endured until Warren Spahn of Milwaukee hurled the last victory of the 1962 season.
Jimmy Lavender Has Day in the Sun
Jimmy Lavender is one of a host of pitchers who have tossed no-hit games in the midst of otherwise nondescript careers. Lavender's no-hitter came on August 31, 1915, in a game with the Giants. As a rookie, Lavender showed considerable promise, winning 16 games in 1912 while working 252 innings. He never matched either figure again after that year, lasting only six seasons in the majors.
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