1915 October

2nd In the first of two games, Walter Johnson gives Washington a 3–1 win over the Red Sox. Ruth pitches the final 3 innings, allowing one Nats hit. Game 2 ends in a 10-inning 3-3 tie.

The Queens Bombers? At the Waldorf Astoria, the National Commission meets. During the sessions Colonels Ruppert of the Yankees and Ebbets of the Dodgers meet regarding a possible new home for the Yankees, and Ebbets withdraws his objections to the Yankees moving to Queens. They are considering a stadium near the 59th Street Bridge. Nothing is final and the New York Times also mentions two sites in Manhattan that the team is considering.

3rd  After losing the opener, 5-4, the Chicago Whales (FL) clinch the pennant by winning the 2nd game of a doubleheader, 3-0, with the Pittsburgh Rebels.

In Detroit’s 100th win of the year, 6-5, Ty Cobb steals his 96thbase of the season, against Cleveland catcher Steve O’Neill, for a new ML season record. He also sets a ML record for times caught stealing with 38, a mark Henderson will top in 1982. The Tigers win 100 games, the first time a runner-up has reached that mark, and have the top three RBI producers [Crawford (112), Veach (112), Cobb (99)]. This is first of only two times in the AL that teammates have had the top three RBI spots (Yankees in 1928).

Hippo Vaughn wins his 20th as the Cubs stop the Cardinals, 2-0, in the season finale. Hippo contributes both RBI.

The Pirates end their season with a 5–3 win over the Reds. Retiring manager Fred Clarke hosts a dinner for the players after the game, and also celebrates his 43rd birthday.

4th  With Red Sox pitchers Shore and Wood looking on, visiting Brooklyn beats the NL champion Phillies, 3-2, in 63 minutes.

6th  The Boston Braves end the season by shutting out the Giants in a doubleheader in New York, winning the opener 1–0 behind Tom Hughes’s 2-hitter and taking the nitecap by the same score. Pat Ragan is the winner in 67 minutes. With two other shutouts today, the ML total for the year is a ML record 359 shutouts not topped this century. The next highest total will be 357 shutouts in 1914 and 1972.

In the 2nd game of a doubleheader, Boston’s 28th twinbill of the year, Babe Ruth beats New York, 4–2, to sweep the two. Ruth is now 17–3 since June 1st. Boston takes the opener, 2–0, as Shore, Leonard, Wood and Mays split the mound duties with each one striking out 3 Yankees. A crowd of 714 shows up at the Polo Grounds.

In game 2 of a doubleheader sweep by the A’s, rookie Elmer Myers debuts with a sparkling performance, shutting out the Senators, 4-0, on two hits while striking out 12 to set a since topped record (Karl Spooner strikes out 15 in his first game in 1954). He becomes the first pitcher in ML history to record 9 or more Ks while surrendering no runs and 2 or fewer hits in his initial ML game. It won’t be matched until Juan Marichal debuts, in 1960. Elmer will go 14-23 in 1916, but strike out an impressive 182 batters in his rookie season. Philadelphia takes the opener, 6-4, behind September call-ups Jack Richardson and Bill Morrisette to run their record to 43-109. The A’s will finish the season having used 56 different players, a ML record matched by Boston in 1996 (and topped in the 21st c.), as they draw 146,000 fans, almost two-thirds less than the Phillies.

7th  At Boston, the Giants win, 15-8, in the quickest game of the season: 62 minutes. New York collects 24 hits, with Doyle, Burns and Kocher each hitting 4. Larry Doyle pads his league-high average to finish at .320. Brothers Joe and Red Shannon play for Boston; Joe in his last game and Red in his debut. The Giants finish in last place, but are just 21 games behind the league leader, the closest an 8th place team will finish in major league history.

In the city series in Chicago, the Cubs even the games with the Sox at one apiece behind Jimmy Lavender’s 4-0 effort.

8th  The Red Sox start Ernie Shore in game 1 and the Phils manage just 3 hits and one run through 7 innings against him. Grover Cleveland Alexander gives up just one run as well. The Phils manage to push across two runs in the bottom of the 8th on two infield singles and two walks. Babe Ruth makes his only appearance in this WS, pinch hitting for Shore and grounding out. Grover Alexander holds on for a 3–1 victory for the Phils.

9th  Playing game 2 in tiny Baker Bowl in Philadelphia, Boston’s 19-game winner Rube Foster allows the Phils 3 hits and drives in the winning run to break a 1–1 tie in the 9th against Erskine Mayer. The Sox win, 2–1. President Woodrow Wilson and his fiancé watch the game, the first President to attend a World Series.

11th  In Boston, an unprecedented 42,300 are on hand for game 3 and see another 1–1 duel, which is decided in the 9th when Duffy Lewis singles home Harry Hooper for a 2–1 hometown win. Dutch Leonard walks none, yields 3 hits, and sets down the last 20 Phils to face him.

12th  In game 4, 41,096 see another 2–1 Boston victory, as Ernie Shore gets the win over surprise starter George Chalmers. Gavvy Cravath triples and scores the Phils’ lone run.

13th  Back home, the Phils get 4 runs early off Rube Foster. The Red Sox break a tie in the 9th for the 3rd time, as reliever Eppa Rixey gives up Harry Hooper’s 2nd solo HR of the game, both bounce homers into the crowd. Boston wins the Series 4–1. The Sox victory comes without using Babe Ruth or Carl Mays on the mound.