1915 Leaders & Numbers

Ty Cobb stayed healthy and out of trouble to retain his status as the AL’s premier hitter. Fellow Tigers Sam Crawford, enjoying the last great year of his career, and Bobby Veach, enjoying the first great year of his, joined Cobb as the AL’s top three RBI men. Shades of the future Babe Ruth: Gavvy Cravath was out-homered by only four other teams in the majors. Tris Speaker was happy to let Red Sox teammate Ruth do the homer hunting while hitting none for only one of two times in his long, star-studded career. Batting .238 over five years at Cleveland before a five-year relegation to the minors—where his hitting exploded—Bill Hinchman returned to the majors and, at 32, finally got it. Two Hall of Fame-caliber hitters (Eddie Collins and Joe Jackson) turned the typically clueless White Sox hitting around and thrilled typically exasperated White Sox pitchers, highlighted again by Jim Scott. Somehow, Pete Alexander never threw a no-hitter, but he repeatedly came close in 1915—throwing four one-hitters. Walter Johnson’s continued mastery of the AL made a lot of folks wonder how invincible he would have been had he fled to the Federal League, as he momentarily did before 1915. Smoky Joe Wood, long since unable to ply his trade as a workhorse, pitched sparingly and in pain—but made it worth his while with the only ERA title of his career.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1915
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB CS
1. Gavvy Cravath Philadelphia 150 .275 522 89 149 31 7 24 115 86 6 11 9
2. Larry Doyle New York 150 .320 591 86 189 40 10 4 70 32 3 22 18
3. Bill Hinchman Pittsburgh 156 .307 577 72 177 33 14 5 77 48 8 17 17
4. Vic Saier Chicago 144 .264 497 74 131 35 11 11 64 64 2 29 9
5. Fred Luderus Philadelphia 141 .315 499 55 157 36 7 7 62 42 7 9 7
6. Sherry Magee Boston 156 .280 571 72 160 34 12 2 87 54 7 15 12
7. Tommy Griffith Cincinnati 160 .307 583 59 179 31 16 4 85 41 2 6 24
8. Honus Wagner Pittsburgh 156 .274 566 68 155 32 17 6 78 39 4 22 15
9. Tom Long St. Louis 140 .294 507 61 149 21 25 2 61 31 4 19 15
10. George Burns New York 155 .272 622 83 169 27 14 3 51 56 1 27 20
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1915
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB CS
1. Ty Cobb Detroit 156 .369 563 144 208 31 13 3 99 118 10 96 38
2. Eddie Collins Chicago 155 .332 521 118 173 22 10 4 77 119 5 46 30
3. Jack Fournier Chicago 126 .322 422 86 136 20 18 5 77 64 15 21 16
4. Sam Crawford Detroit 156 .299 612 81 183 31 19 4 112 66 0 24 14
5. Bobby Veach Detroit 152 .313 569 81 178 40 10 3 112 68 4 16 19
6. Tris Speaker Boston 150 .322 547 108 176 25 12 0 69 81 7 29 25
7. Ray Chapman Cleveland 154 .270 570 101 154 14 17 3 67 70 3 36 15
8. Joe Jackson Cleveland-Chicago 128 .308 461 63 142 20 14 5 81 52 6 16 20
9. Burt Shotton St. Louis 156 .283 559 93 158 18 11 1 30 118 2 43 32
10. Braggo Roth Chicago-Cleveland 109 .268 384 67 103 10 17 7 55 51 5 26 10
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1915
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Pete Alexander Philadelphia 1.22 31 10 .756 3 49 42 376.1 262 51 64 2 10 0
2. Tom Hughes Boston 2.12 16 14 .533 9 50 25 280.1 220 66 58 2 11 0
3. Jeff Tesreau New York 2.29 19 16 .543 3 43 39 306 247 78 75 7 5 0
4. Dick Rudolph Boston 2.37 22 19 .537 1 44 43 341.1 316 90 64 6 6 0
5. Al Mamaux Pittsburgh 2.04 21 8 .724 0 38 30 251.2 191 57 96 2 9 0
6. Fred Toney Cincinnati 1.58 17 6 .739 2 36 23 222.2 163 39 73 2 3 0
7. Jeff Pfeffer Brooklyn 2.10 19 14 .576 3 40 34 291.2 267 68 76 4 17 1
8. Erskine Mayer Philadelphia 2.36 21 15 .583 2 43 33 274.2 267 72 59 0 14 1
9. Erv Kantlehner Pittsburgh 2.26 5 12 .294 3 29 18 163 138 41 58 1 4 0
10. Pat Ragan Brooklyn-Boston 2.34 17 12 .586 0 38 26 246.2 225 64 67 3 7 1
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1915
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Walter Johnson Washington 1.55 27 13 .675 4 47 39 336.2 261 58 56 7 19 0
2. Jim Scott Chicago 2.03 24 11 .686 2 48 35 296.1 265 67 78 4 5 2
3. Ernie Shore Boston 1.64 19 8 .704 0 38 32 247 216 45 66 4 4 1
4. Smoky Joe Wood Boston 1.49 15 5 .750 2 25 16 157.1 123 26 44 3 1 0
5. Harry Coveleski Detroit 2.45 22 13 .629 4 50 38 312.2 277 85 87 5 20 0
6. Doc Ayers Washington 2.21 14 9 .609 3 40 16 211.1 181 52 38 0 7 0
7. Hooks Dauss Detroit 2.50 24 13 .649 2 46 35 309.2 264 86 115 8 11 0
8. Joe Benz Chicago 2.11 15 11 .577 0 39 28 238.1 225 56 43 4 3 2
9. Red Faber Chicago 2.55 24 14 .632 2 50 32 299.2 273 85 99 4 11 0
10. Carl Weilman St. Louis 2.34 18 19 .486 4 47 31 295.2 258 77 83 4 3 2

Brown type indicates league leader.
Notes: Walks (BB) do not include intentional walks (IB). For pitchers, caught stealing (CS) also includes pickoffs.
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