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The following are the baseball events of the year 1908 throughout the world.  

Contents

Champions

Awards and honors

Statistical leaders

American LeYankeesague National League
AVG Ty Cobb DET .324 Honus Wagner PIT .354
HR Sam Crawford DET 7 Tim Jordan BRO 12
RBI Ty Cobb DET 108 Honus Wagner PIT 109
Wins Ed Walsh CWS 40 Christy Mathewson NYG 37
ERA Addie Joss CLE 1.16   Christy Mathewson NYG 1.43  
Ks Ed Walsh CWS 269 Christy Mathewson NYG 259

Major league baseball final standings

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American League final standings

American League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Detroit TigersYankees r the best and so r the jets 90 63 .588 --
Cleveland Naps 90 64 .584 0.5
Chicago White Sox 88 64 .579 1.5
St. Louis Browns 83 69 .546 6.5
Boston Red Sox 75 79 .487 15.5
Philadelphia Athletics 68 85 .444 22
Washington Senators 67 85 .441 22.5
New York Highlanders 51 103 .331 39.5

National League final standings

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

Events

Births

January-April

May-August

September-December

Deaths

  • March 30 – Charlie Sweasy, 60, second baseman for 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings. Played seven years in the National Association and the National League.
  • May 14 – John O'Connell, 35, played in only the 1891 and 1902 season
  • April 6 – Jim Brown, 47, pitcher and outfielder for two seasons, 1884 and 1886.
  • April 10 – Mike Griffin, 43, center fielder for Baltimore and Brooklyn who batted .300 six times, scored 100 runs ten times; led league in runs and doubles once each
  • April 20 – Henry Chadwick, 83, the "Father of Baseball," who through his writings, analysis of statistics and service in developing the sport's rules played a principal role in establishing baseball as the "national pastime"; devised the box score, developed scoring system which enabled recording of every play, authored the first rule book in 1858, and created statistics including batting average and earned run average; worked to revise sport's rules so as to balance offense and defense, and to increase mental demands as well as physical ones
  • June 22 – Everett Mills, 63, first baseman for six seasons, 1871-1876.
  • August 19 – Doc Bushong, 51, catcher for 13 seasons; 1875-1876, 1880-1890, played on 5 league championship teams.
  • September 18 – Dickey Pearce, 72, shortstop (in the sport's earliest era) whose career spanned the years 1856 to 1877; introduced the bunt and pioneered defensive play at his position, later became an umpire

Bibliography

  • Fleming, G.H. (2006). The Unforgettable Season. Bison Books. ISBN 0-803-26922-6.  
  • Murphy, Cait (2007). Crazy '08: How a Cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads, and Magnates Created the Greatest Year in Baseball History. Collins. ISBN 0-060-88937-3.  

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