1908 Chicago Cubs

1908 Chicago Cubs

It's a shame that there are not any highlights of the 1908 Chicago Cubs season. The season was filled with some of the greatest old-time baseball players, an exciting playoff race culminating in a dominant pitching performance by the cubs leading them to their 2nd consecutive championship in the 1908 World Series against the Detroit Tigers and Ty Cobb.

The 1908 Cubs were a very complete club with dominant pitching and a line-up without one stand out superstar hitter, but rather many very good hitters that led to a team that ended up with a 99-56 record. The Cubs needed every victory that they got as both the New York Giants with pitcher, Christy Mathewson, and Pittsburgh Pirates, led by Honus Wagner, finished just one game behind the Cubs with 98-57 records.

1908 National League Pennant Chase

In 1908, there was just 1 division in both the National and American League so the Cubs faced the Detroit Tigers in the World Series by winning the National League with the 99 wins. The pennant race was characterized by back and forth lead changes and one of the most controversial games in major league baseball history on September 23, 1908 when an apparant victory by the Giants over the Cubs was suspended due to a play that has since been called "Merkle's Boner".

September 23, 1908

Fred Merkle, a 19 year old first baseman failed to touch 2nd base on what would have been a game winning hit by Al Bridwell. Moose McCormick was on third base with 2 outs in the bottom of the ninth and would have scored the final run had Merkle touched second base. So, an apparant Giant victory over the Cubs was ruled a tie game that ultimately would be replayed in a new game scheduled for October 8. Even though the Cubs were fortunate in the overall outcome of this, they still had to earn the NL title by defeating the Giants best pitcher and probably the best pitcher that season, Christy Mathewson. Mathewson won the pitching Cy Young in 1908 with a 37-11 record, 1.43 ERA and 259 strike outs.





Chicago Cubs 1908 World Series


October 10, 1908
Game 1
Cubs 10 Tigers 6

At Bennett Park, the Cubs blow an early 5-1 lead giving up 2 runs in the 7th inning and 3 runs in the 8th inning, but come back to score 5 runs in the ninth inning to defeat the Tigers 10-6. The 2 big innings the Cubs had led to a very sustained attack that saw 7 different Cubs runners to score in the game.

October 11, 1908
Game 2
Cubs 6 Tigers 1

At West Side Grounds, Overall Overall pitches a complete game 4-hitter as Cubs defeat Tigers 6-1 to take a 2 games to 0 lead in the World Series.

October 12, 1908
Game 3
Tigers 8 Cubs 3

At West Side Grounds, Tigers defeat Cubs 8-3. Cubs lead Series 2 games to 1.

October 13, 1908
Game 4
Cubs 3 Tigers 0

At Bennett Park, 3 Finger Brown pitches a CG 4-hit shutout as Cubs defeat Tigers 3-0. Cubs are just one victory from a World Series championship

October 14, 1908
Game 5 World Series
Cubs 2 Tigers 0

At Bennett Park, Orval Overall pitches another great game, this one a complete game 3-hit shutout as Cubs defeat the Tigers 2-0. Cubs pitchers shut out the Tigers in 2 games of the World Series and close out the World Series shutting out the Tigers for the final 19 innings. Cubs defeat the Tigers 4 games to 1 for their 2nd consecutive World Series championship.

Orval Overall who won two games in the Series with 2 starts and one relief appearance. Overall gave up just 2 runs in 18 1/3 innings for a 0.98 ERA.

1908 National League Pennant Chase

The pennant chase between the Cubs, Giants and Pirates was such a roller coaster ride with all 3 teams trading spots in the lead that I thought listing each game after the infamous Merkle boner game on September 23rd would be the best way to see what happened (the listing is at the bottom of this page). the key victories for the Cubs won by Ed Reulbach and Three Finger Brown are listed beside the corresponding game.

Giants


Gm# Date Tm Opp R RA W-L Rank GB
141 Thursday, Sep 24 NYG CHC W 5 4 88-50 1 up 1.0
142 Friday, Sep 25 NYG CIN L 1 7 88-51 2 0.5
143 Friday, Sep 25 NYG CIN L 2 5 88-52 2 0.5
144 Saturday, Sep 26 NYG CIN W 6 2 89-52 2 0.5
145 Saturday, Sep 26 NYG CIN W 3 1 90-52 2 0.5
146 Monday, Sep 28 NYG PHI W 7 6 91-52 1 Tied
147 Tuesday, Sep 29 NYG PHI W 6 2 92-52 2 0.5
148 Tuesday, Sep 29 NYG PHI L 0 7 92-53 2 0.5
149 Wednesday, Sep 30 NYG PHI W 2 1 93-53 1 Tied
150 Thursday, Oct 1 NYG @PHI W 4 3 94-53 1 Tied
151 Thursday, Oct 1 NYG @PHI L 2 6 94-54 1 Tied
152 Friday, Oct 2 NYG @PHI W 7 2 95-54 2 0.5
153 Saturday, Oct 3 NYG @PHI L 2 3 95-55 3 1.5
154 Monday, Oct 5 NYG BSN W 8 1 96-55 3 1.0
155 Tuesday, Oct 6 NYG BSN W 4 1 97-55 2 0.5
156 Wednesday, Oct 7 NYG BSN W 7 2 98-55 1 Tied
157 Thursday, Oct 8 NYG CHC L 2 4 98-56 2 1.0


Cubs


Gm# Date Tm Opp R RA W-L Rank GB
148 Thursday, Sep 24 CHC @NYG L 4 5 90-54 2 1.0
149 Friday, Sep 25 CHC @BRO W 5 1 91-54 1 up 0.5
150 Saturday, Sep 26 CHC @BRO W 5 0 92-54 1 up 0.5
Ed Reulbach shuts out the Dodgers 5-0 in Brooklyn
151 Saturday, Sep 26 CHC @BRO W 3 0 93-54 1 up 0.5
Ed Reulbach shuts out the Dodgers 3-0 becoming the first and only pitcher in MLB history to record 2 complete game shutouts on the same day.
152 Tuesday, Sep 29 CHC @CIN W 6 2 94-54 1 up 0.5
153 Wednesday, Sep 30 CHC @CIN L 5 6 94-55 3 0.5
154 Thursday, Oct 1 CHC @CIN W 6 0 95-55 1 Tied
Ed Reulbach extends his scoreless inning streak to 44 innings with a 6-0 victory.
155 Friday, Oct 2 CHC @CIN W 5 0 96-55 2 0.5
156 Saturday, Oct 3 CHC @CIN W 16 2 97-55 2 0.5
157 Sunday, Oct 4 CHC PIT W 5 2 98-55 1 up 0.5
Three Finger Brown defeated the Pirates 3-2 at Forbes Field with his pitching and his bat as he drove in Joe Tinker for the third and winning run in the sixth inning.
158 Thursday, Oct 8 CHC @NYG W 4 2 99-55 1 up 1.0
Three Finger Brown defeats Christy Mathewson to send the Cubs to the 1908 World Series.


Pirates


Gm# Date Tm Opp R RA W-L Rank GB
145 Thursday, Sep 24 PIT @BRO W 6 1 90-54 2 1.0
146 Friday, Sep 25 PIT @BSN L 1 2 90-55 2 0.5
147 Friday, Sep 25 PIT @BSN W 6 1 91-55 2 0.5
148 Saturday, Sep 26 PIT @BSN W 5 0 92-55 3 1.0
149 Tuesday, Sep 29 PIT STL W 7 0 93-55 2 0.5
150 Tuesday, Sep 29 PIT STL W 6 5 94-55 2 0.5
151 Wednesday, Sep 30 PIT STL W 7 5 95-55 1 Tied
152 Friday, Oct 2 PIT @STL W 7 4 96-55 1 up 0.5
153 Friday, Oct 2 PIT @STL W 2 1 97-55 1 up 0.5
154 Saturday, Oct 3 PIT @STL W 3 2 98-55 1 up 0.5
155 Sunday, Oct 4 PIT @CHC L 2 5 98-56 2 0.5

1908 World Series results-Baseball Reference
1908 Cubs and National League standings

1908 Cubs-Merkle's Boner Wiki


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