1914 brought a better level of competition to the Indians. While they weren't going to win any Championships, they did put up 88 wins thanks to a major turnaround by Otto Merz (20-19) and Louis LeRoy (12-5, 3.27). Tommy Griffith meanwhile put up the best batting average ever at Washington Park with a .340 easily beating Jack Hayden's .316, along with 26 doubles and 18 triples (which tied him for the 3B record with Jack Hayden). They were on their way up finally… and with that, the Federal League was gone.
The Hoosiers moved to Newark and disbanded by 1916. The Indians had Indianapolis all to themselves again and put up another 80+ win season in 1915. The hitting continued to be strong but it was the pitching that brought the team to the next level as the Indians hit 95 wins by 1916 and came in 2nd place to the Louisville Colonels. Indianapolis had finally rebounded from some terrible baseball and was poised to make a run at the American Association title again. 1917 had the earmarking of an incredible season to come…