Following the miracle of 1914, was it a fluke? Could the Braves repeat?
It was George Stallings 3rd year as manager. While they couldn’t repeat, they did come in second, 7 games behind the leader with a 83-69 record.
It was a year of injury and illness. Johnny Evers, the league’s MVP in 1914, hurt his ankle sliding. He had to be carried off the field. The injury on April 18 took him out for over two months. Not good timing early in the season.
The biggest blow came to their ace pitcher from 1914. “Seattle Bill” James led the league in winning percentage the year before. He had 26 victories in 1914. He got ill (developed a sore arm) and had to spend the season at home. Ouch!
James pitched in 33 fewer games and won 21 less games. At age 23, his career was over.