The 1913 Tigers finished a full 30 games behind the mighty Philadelphia Athletics in 6th place. The usually hard-hitting squad featured only two .300 hitters in 1913, Hall of Famers Ty Cobb and Sam Crawford. The club’s .431 winning percentage marked the second lowest in Manager Hughie Jennings’ career.
The Tigers were a hard-hitting, hard-charging bunch, but their unsuccessful run in the World Series from 1907-1909 was in the rear view mirror and getting farther away every day. Hughie Jennings was still at the help. Cobb, Crawford, Veach and company drilled any pitching. There was just one problem: Opposing teams drilled Detroit pitching even harder.