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[edit] 1915 Detroit Tigers / Franchise: Detroit Tigers / BR Team Page

Record: 100-54, Finished 2nd in American League (1915 AL)

Managed by Hughie Jennings

Ballpark: Navin Field

[edit] Standings

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

[edit] History, Comments, Contributions

The 1915 Tigers won 100 games but ended up in second place behind the 1915 Red Sox of Tris Speaker and the young Babe Ruth.

The Tigers had a great April but played under .600 ball in May and June, thus putting them in third place for much of July. They played .767 ball in August, however, and finished fairly strongly in September and October to win 100 games total.

They handily beat every team in the league except for Boston, who won 14 of the 22 match-ups with the Tigers.

Hughie Jennings managed the Tigers from 1907-20, winning the pennant in 1907-09. He later managed the New York Giants in 1924-25, winning the pennant in 1924 when he took over from John McGraw.

The Tigers, playing in a hitters' park, had a typically great performance from Ty Cobb, who won the batting title and the OBP title and finished second in SLG. He led the league in runs, hits, stolen bases and total bases, and was second in walks and doubles and third in RBI.

Sam Crawford and Bobby Veach, the other two outfielders, each had 112 RBI to tie for the league lead. In addition to Cobb, they drove in Ossie Vitt, who had 116 runs scored, and Donie Bush, who had 99 runs scored. Veach led the league in doubles while Crawford led the league in triples. Vitt tied Cobb for second in the league in walks.

Marty Kavanagh was a notable back-up with a 143 Adjusted OPS+.

Among the pitchers, Hooks Dauss went 24-13, Harry Coveleski was 22-13 and Jean Dubuc was 17-12. Big Bill James was 7-3 while starter-reliever Bernie Boland was 13-7 with 16 Games Finished.

The team would not finish as high as second again until 1923. In 1934 the team would win the 1934 American League pennant with 101 victories.

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