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1908 Chicago Cubs
1908 World Series Champions
1908 National League Champions
Major league affiliations
Location
1908 Information
Owner(s) Charles Murphy
Manager(s) Frank Chance
Local television none
Local radio none

The Chicago Cubs' 1908 season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Cubs winning their third consecutive National League pennant, as well as the World Series. As of 2009, it is the most recent time the Cubs have won the World Series.

This team included four future Hall of Famers: manager / first baseman Frank Chance, second baseman Johnny Evers, shortstop Joe Tinker, and pitcher Mordecai Brown. In 1908, Brown finished second in the NL in wins and ERA.

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Regular season

The Cubs started the season in Cincinnati. Orval Overall is the Cubs opening day pitcher. Overall gives up five hits and commits an error in the first inning as the Reds take a 5-0 lead.[1] The Cubs tie the game in the sixth and win the game in the ninth. Cubs pinch hitter Heinie Zimmerman drives in Johnny Evers. Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown pitches in the ninth and gets a save for the Cubs.[2]

The home opener was on April 22. Owner Charles Murphy had added several new seats to the stadium. Cap Anson threw out the first pitch. Tinker, Evers and Chance turn their second double play of the season as the Cubs beat the Reds by a score of 7-3.[3]

On June 30, the Pirates took first place, as the Chicago Cubs lost to the Cincinnati Reds. [4] Starting on July 2, the Pirates started a critical five game series against the Cubs. [5] In the first game, Three Finger Brown threw a six hit, no walk shutout, winning the game 3-0. Brown was 10-1 on the season.

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Season standings

National League W L GB Pct.
Chicago Cubs 99 55 -- .643
New York Giants 98 56 1 .636
Pittsburgh Pirates 98 56 1 .636
Philadelphia Phillies 83 71 16 .539
Cincinnati Reds 73 81 26 .474
Boston Doves 63 91 36 .409
Brooklyn Superbas 53 101 46 .344
St. Louis Cardinals 49 105 50 .318

Notable transactions

The Merkle Game

On Wednesday, September 23, 1908, while playing for the New York Giants in a game against the Cubs, 19-year old Fred Merkle committed a base-running error that later became known as "Merkle's Boner" and earned him the nickname of "Bonehead."

In the bottom of the 9th inning, Merkle came to bat with two outs, and the score tied 1-1. At the time, Moose McCormick was on first base. Merkle singled, and McCormick advanced to third. Al Bridwell followed with another single, and McCormick trotted home to score the apparent winning run. The New York fans in attendance, under the impression that the game was over, ran onto the field to celebrate.

Meanwhile, Merkle, thinking the game was over, ran to the Giants' clubhouse without touching second base (a gesture that was common at the time). Cubs second baseman Johnny Evers noticed this, and after retrieving a ball and touching second base, he appealed to umpire Hank O'Day to call Merkle out. Since Merkle had not touched the base, the umpire called him out on a force play, and McCormick's run did not count.

The run was therefore nullified, the Giants' victory erased, and the score of the game remained tied. Unfortunately, the thousands of fans on the field (as well as the growing darkness in the days before large electric light rigs made night games possible) prevented resumption of the game, and the game was declared a tie. The Giants and the Cubs would end the season tied for first place and would have a rematch at the Polo Grounds on October 8. The Cubs won this makeup game, 4-2, and thus the National League pennant.

Roster

1908 Chicago Cubs roster
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Kling, JohnnyJohnny Kling 126 424 117 .276 4 59
1B Chance, FrankFrank Chance 129 452 123 .272 2 55
2B Evers, JohnnyJohnny Evers 126 416 125 .300 0 37
3B Steinfeldt, HarryHarry Steinfeldt 150 539 130 .241 1 62
SS Tinker, JoeJoe Tinker 157 548 146 .266 6 68
OF Sheckard, JimmyJimmy Sheckard 115 403 93 .231 2 22
OF Schulte, FrankFrank Schulte 102 386 91 .236 1 43
OF Slagle, JimmyJimmy Slagle 104 352 78 .222 0 26

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Position Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
UT Hofman, SollySolly Hofman 120 411 100 .243 2 42

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned Run Average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Brown, MordecaiMordecai Brown 44 312.1 29 9 1.47 123
Reulbach, EdEd Reulbach 46 297.2 24 7 2.03 133
Pfiester, JackJack Pfiester 33 252.0 12 10 2.00 117
Overall, OrvalOrval Overall 37 225.0 15 11 1.92 167
Fraser, ChickChick Fraser 26 162.2 11 9 2.27 66
Lundgren, CarlCarl Lundgren 23 138.2 6 9 4.22 38
Coakley, AndyAndy Coakley 4 20.1 2 0 0.89 7

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned Run Average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned Run Average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO

1908 World Series

NL Chicago Cubs (4) vs AL Detroit Tigers (1)

Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Cubs - 10, Tigers - 6 October 10 Bennett Park 10,812
2 Tigers - 1, Cubs - 6 October 11 West Side Park 17,760
3 Tigers - 8, Cubs - 3 October 12 West Side Park 14,543
4 Cubs - 3, Tigers - 0 October 13 Bennett Park 12,907
5 Cubs - 2, Tigers - 0 October 14 Bennett Park 6,210

Notes

  1. ^ Crazy ’08:How a cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads and Magnates created the Greatest Year in Baseball History, p. 61, by Cait Murphy, Smithsonian Books, a Division of Harper Collins, 2007, ISBN 978-0-06-088937-1
  2. ^ Crazy ’08:How a cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads and Magnates created the Greatest Year in Baseball History, p. 62, by Cait Murphy, Smithsonian Books, a Division of Harper Collins, 2007, ISBN 978-0-06-088937-1
  3. ^ Crazy ’08:How a cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads and Magnates created the Greatest Year in Baseball History, p.63, by Cait Murphy, Smithsonian Books, a Division of Harper Collins, 2007, ISBN 978-0-06-088937-1
  4. ^ Crazy ’08:How a cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads and Magnates created the Greatest Year in Baseball History, p. 95, by Cait Murphy, Smithsonian Books, a Division of Harper Collins, 2007, ISBN 978-0-06-088937-1
  5. ^ Crazy ’08:How a cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads and Magnates created the Greatest Year in Baseball History, p. 99, by Cait Murphy, Smithsonian Books, a Division of Harper Collins, 2007, ISBN 978-0-06-088937-1
  6. ^ Doc Marshall page at Baseball Reference

References

Preceded by
Chicago Cubs
1907
National League Championship Season
1908
Succeeded by
Pittsburgh Pirates
1909
Preceded by
Chicago Cubs
1907
World Series Champions
Chicago Cubs

1908
Succeeded by
Pittsburgh Pirates
1909

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