Flashback: June 5, 1915

1915-Yankees I'll admit it. I panicked slightly when I remembered that I had the 10am slot and couldn't think of anything to write about. So I did what I usually do. I went to baseball-reference.com, I went to the box scores and looked at a year that ends in a 0 or 5 and hoped that the Yankees 1) played a game or 2) won a game.

But, this time was different. When I looked at 1915 - because I thought going back 100 years would be cool - I saw that the Yankees had lost and instead of closing out and trying another year, I looked at the box score.

This is what I found:

100 years ago today, on June 5, 1915, the Yankees lost to Ty Cobb's Tigers by a score of 11-2.

Here are some interesting nuggets of information from that game:

  • The game was played at the Polo Grounds.
  • Cobb was 3-5 with a home run, a stolen base, two runs scored and two RBI.
  • He batted .369/.486/.487/.973 that season.
  • The Yankees only had five hits.
  • Detroit's starter, Hooks Dauss, pitched a complete game.
  • The Yankees' starter, Ray Fisher, didn't end up having such a great game, but he did last eight innings. He just happened to fall apart in that inning.
  • The man who came in for relief, Boardwalk Brown, also didn't have a great game.
  • Fisher's final line: 8 innings pitched, 10 hits, 6 runs (4 earned), 1 walk, 4 strikeouts and he gave up a home run.
  • Brown's final line: 1 inning pitched, 4 hits, 5 runs, all earned, 1 walk, 1 strikeout and he also gave up a home run.
  • Going by the way the names are listed on page, Cobb hit his home run off of Fisher and first baseman Marty Kavanagh hit his off of Brown.
  • There was only a home plate umpire and a first base ump.
  • The loss was the Yankees' fourth in a row and evened their record at the time to 19-19.