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The Phillies' pennant-clinching game in 1915

The Philadelphia Inquirer on Sept. 30, 1915, contained the following headlines on Page 1:

• Trail Kills Man in Wagon
• Cyclist is Fatally Injured
• 2 Children Badly Burned Overturning Tea Kettles
• Allies' Hard Blow Forces Germans to Reinforce Armies
• New Orleans Hard Hit by Hurricane; Fear Vast Damage

But the big news was a two-column headline: PHILLIES, BEATING BRAVES, CAPTURE NATIONAL'S FLAG.

Excerpts from that Inquirer story:

"Winning the necessary game to assure them the championship, the Phillies, by defeating Boston by 5-0, captured their first National League pennant in 35 years.

"Wonderful pitching by Grover Cleveland Alexander, the greatest pitcher of the day, and a record-breaking home run drive by Clifford Cravath were the salient features of this wonderful game. Alexander held Boston to one hit, that being made by his former roommate, Sherry Magee, and so helpless were the Braves before the modest Nebraskan that they gave up winning long before the last inning was played. It was Alex's 31 victory, his 13th shutout and his fourth one-hit game of the present year.

"Cravath's home run was undoubtedly one of the longest ever made and it was incidentally his 23rd of the season. He needs two more to equal baseball's record made by Buck Freeman in 1899, when he made 25 home runs playing with the Washington National League club. Cravath hammered out his circuit clout in the first inning with two men on base. That blow snuffed out every hope the Braves may have secretly held of winning the game.

"The Phlying Phils have now completed a record of 18 wins out of their last 22 engagements, 14 of the 18 having been won on the road trip which critics designated as their time to 'crack.'"

Alexander struck out four and walked one. It came with two out in the first inning. He allowed only one hit, his fourth one-hitter of the season, a one-out single to Magee in the fourth. Magee was traded by the Phillies after the 1914 season and was Alexander's roommate.

The losing pitcher was Dick Rudolph. He and Alexander were the starting pitchers for the season opener back on April 14. Alexander also shut out Boston then, 3-0.

While quotes weren't part of newspaper writing in those days, manager Pat Moran was quoted on Page 1: "You can say for me that I am tickled to death and that the Phils didn't crack. Give me credit if you want to, but don't forget the boys as they worked like hell for me and deserve just as much credit as I do."

Larry Shenk is in charge of alumni relations and team historian for the Phillies.
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