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1915 City Series

Posted 03-01-2012 at 04:18 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 03-01-2012 at 09:16 PM by TommyJohn

Regular Season

White Sox 93-61, 3rd, 9.5 GB

The Old Roman effected changes for 1915. He fired manager Nixey Callahan and surprised people by hiring Clarence "Pants" Rowland, a "busher" who had never played a day in the major leagues. Back then, hiring a manager who had never played in the majors was unheard of.

He also improved the team by purchasing one of the best players in baseball, Eddie Collins of the Philadelphia A's. Connie Mack set about to dismantling his championship club. Collins cost $50,000 and his salary of $15,000 was guaranteed. Commy later added Eddie Murphy from the Mackmen.

By far the deal of the century occurred in August, when the Sox sent three players and cash to the Cleveland Indians for "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, certifiably one of the best hitters in baseball, owner of a .408 average in his rookie year of 1911.

The improvements aded up to a 93-61 record and a 3rd place finish. Collins hit .332, Red Faber and Jim Scott each won 24 games. The Sox were up-and-coming.

Team Leaders
HR: Jacques Fournier 5
RBI: Shano Collins 85
Avg: Eddie Collins .332

Wins: Red Faber, Jim Scott 24
ERA: Mellie Wolfgang 1.84
Strikeouts: Red Faber 182

Cubs 73-80, 4th, 17.5 GB

The Cubs slumped in 1915, falling to 73-80, 5 wins off their 1914 record. Hank O'Day was out as manager, in his place was catcher Roger Bresnahan. The Cubs had an off-year offensively-Heinie Zimmerman slumped to .265 as not one regular topped .300. "Wildfire" Schulte of 1906 fame was still around, age 32 and still swining a pretty good bat-clocking 12 HR and garnering 62 RBI. Hippo Vaughn was the big winner pitching-wise, going 20-12.

Team Leaders

HR: Cy Williams 13
RBI: Cy Williams, Vic Saier 64
Avg: Bob Fisher .287

Wins: Hippo Vaughn 20
ERA: Bert Humphries 2.31
Strikeouts: Hippo Vaughn 148

The Series

The series wasn't much competition-The 93 win Sox hit .333 as a team and dispatched the Cubs in 5 games. Eddie and Shano Collins were the south siders' top hitters, hitting .533 and .471, respectively.

The Cubs took an early 3-0 lead in the top of the 1st of Game 1 and lead 5-2 in the 7th when the Sox erupted for 7 runs in the final two frames to take the game, 9-5. The Cubs evened things up in Game 2 via a complete game shutout from Jimmy Lavender.

The rest of the Series would be all White Sox-they would win the next two 5-2 and 5-0 (Game 4 featured a grand slam from Shano Collins). 32,666 turned out to Comiskey Park for Game 5 and watched the Sox score 5 runs in both the 5th and 6th innings to help Reb Russell. The Cubs made 4 errors, two by Zimmerman, to help the Sox out. Russell set the Cubs down 1-2-3 in the 9th to wrap up an 11-3 win.

Game 1, October 6, 1915 at Comiskey Park

Cubs..........300 110 000-5 11 1
White Sox...000 200 43x-9 16 0

W-Russell L-Vaughn

Game 2, October 7, 1915 at West Side Park

White Sox...000 000 000-0 4 2
Cubs..........010 003 00x-4 7 0


W-Lavender L-Benz

Game 3, October 8, 1915 at Comiskey Park

Cubs..........000 000 002-2 5 0
White Sox...000 000 05x-5 12 1

W-Faber L-Pierce

Game 4, October 9, 1915 at West Side Park

White Sox...005 000 000-5 10 0
Cubs..........000 000 000-0 4 0

HR-S. Collins

W-Scott L-Vaughn

Game 5, October 10, 1915 at Comiskey Park

Cubs..........001 000 110-3 8 4
White Sox...010 055 00x-11 12 2

W-Russell L-Lavender

Most Valuable Player-Shano Collins (.471 avg., Game 4 grand slam, 7 RBI)

Booby Prize-Hippo Vaughn (0-2, blew 3-run lead in Game 1, KO'd in 3rd inning of Game 4 loss)
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