1915 Philadelphia Athletics

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1915 Philadelphia Athletics / Franchise: Oakland Athletics / BR Team Page[edit]

Record: 43-109, Finished 8th in American League (1915 AL)

Managed by Connie Mack

Ballpark: Shibe Park

History, Comments, Contributions[edit]

Connie Mack explaining himself to the public.

The 1915 Philadelphia Athletics were the stripped-down team after Connie Mack got rid of many of the 1914 stars. The team had won the pennant in 1913 and 1914, but would finish eighth in the American League for years to come beginning in 1915. The team would not become competitive again until 1925, and would not win another pennant until 1929.

The Philadelphia Evening Ledger had a front-page interview with Connie Mack, attempting to explain his decision and to appease the public. "'I broke up the Athletics to prevent baseball ruin,' declares Connie Mack" read the headline. "I'll Have Another Top-Notch Aggregation Within Two Years". See this link for the complete story.

56 players was a record for players used by a team in a season. The 1996 Boston Red Sox tied that, and then the 2000 San Diego Padres used 57. That total has since been passed a number of times. However, the 24 different starting pitchers used by the Athletics remains the all-time record. That is in spite of the team's top three starters being fairly active, with Weldon Wyckoff making 34 starts, Rube Bressler 20, and Joe Bush 18. However, at the back end, 10 different pitchers made just one start.


American League W L Pct. GB
Boston Red Sox 101 50 .669 --
Detroit Tigers 100 54 .649
Chicago White Sox 93 61 .604
Washington Senators 85 68 .556 17
New York Yankees 69 83 .454 32½
St. Louis Browns 63 91 .409 39½
Cleveland Indians 57 95 .375 44½
Philadelphia Athletics 43 109 .283 58½