Orval Overall

Orval Overall

Orval Overall

Chicago Cubs World Series Champion (1907 & 1908)
Nickname:  (Big Groundhog)

June 2, 1906 
Cubs trade Bob Wicker for Orval Overall, Cubs receive $2,000 as well.

National League Leader:
1907:  Shutouts (8)
1908:  Strikeouts per 9 innings (6.680)
1909:  Strikeouts per 9 innings (6.474)
1909:  Strikeouts (205)
1909:  Shutouts (9)

Career MLB W/L Record:  108-71
Career ERA:  2.23 (8th best in MLB history)
Win/Loss Record w/Cubs:  86-43
ERA w/Cubs:  1.91

Cubs History & Orval Overall

History was aligned with the Cubs and Orval Overall.  Overall was a good, but not great pitcher to begin his MLB career with the Reds.  In the middle of the 1906 season, he was traded to the Cubs for Bob Wicker and $2,000. 

Overall, who had a 22-28 record while with Reds, pitched great for the Cubs
winning 12 games, losing 3 and had a 1.88 ERA compared to his 4.26 ERA while with the Reds in 1906. 

1906 was the beginning of the Cubs dynasty as the team set a MLB winning percentage record going 116-36 in 1906. The 1906 season doesn't end so well as the White Sox defeat the Cubs in the World Series.  But the Cubs and Overall go on to win World Series championships in 1907 and 1908. 

Overall joins a great Cubs rotation of 3 Finger Brown, Jack Pfeister & Ed Reulbach that play a very important role in all 3 World Series appearances.  Overall pitches in 4 World Series total for the Cubs in just 6 seasons with the team.  After the 1910 season, the Cubs wouldn't return to the World Series until 1918 so when Overall announced his retirement after the 1910 World Series, the Cubs dynasty had ended at that point in time.  

Postseason record:
As good as Overall was for the Cubs during the regular season, he was even better in the postseason.  He pitched in 8 World Series games with the Cubs that included 5 starts, he completed 3 of those 5 starts and had one shutout. 

In 1908 major league baseball didn't give out MVP awards, but if they did, I would say it's highly likely that Orval Overall would have won the MVP for his performance in the 1908 World Series. 

Overall pitched in 3 of the 4 games, 2 starts and one relief appearance.  The relief appearance came in Game 1 in support of Ed Ruelbach to hold back a Tigers rally.  He gave up a run and didn't get a decision, but certainly helped the Cubs get that victory. 

Overall pitched a complete game in game 2 for the Cubs victory and helped the Cubs close out the World Series victory with a 4-hit shutout in the decisive game 4 as the Cubs swept the Tigers for the 1908 World Series championship.

Orval Overall World Series statistics (1906, 1907, 1908, 1910):
Total Games: 8
Games Started: 5
Wins:  3 (1 in 1907, 2 in 1908)
Losses: 1 (1910)
Complete Games: 3 (1 in 1907, 2 in 1908)
Shutouts: 1 (1908)
ERA:  1.58
Strikeouts:  35
Walks: 15

Chicago Cubs 1908 World Series

Orval OverallChicago Cubs World Champion

Orval Overall Dates in Chicago Cubs History

June 26, 1906
At West Side Grounds, Orval Overall pitches a shutout as Cubs defeat Cardinals 1-0.  Jimmy Slagle drives in the lone Cubs run.

June 20, 2007
At West Side Grounds, the Cubs and Orval Overall defeat the Braves 4-0.

August 16, 1907
In Philadelphia, the Cubs and Orval Overall defeat the Phillies 1-0.

September 25, 1907
At West Side Grounds, Orval Overall gets his 23rd win of the season with a 4-0 victory over the Phillies.

October 11, 1907
 Game 4, 1907 World Series
Cubs win 6-1 win in Detroit to go up 3-0 . Orval Overall pitches a 5-hitter and drives in 2 runs.

October 11, 1908

Game 2, 1908 World Series
 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 14, 1908

Game 4, 1908 World Series
 At Bennett Park, Orval Overall pitches another great game, this one a complete game 3-hit shutout as Cubs defeat the Tigers 2-0 to win the World Series 4 games to 1 over the Tigers.

May 21, 1909
Orval Overall takes a no-hitter into the 9th inning, but with one out, he gives up a single to Bill Sweeney, the only hit of the game. The Cubs
defeat the Braves 7-0 in Boston.

September 1, 1909
Orval Overall pitches a 2-hit shutout against the Dodgers in Brooklyn.  Cubs win 12-0.

October 21, 1910
 A great Cubs pitcher, Orval Overall announces his retirement.  He will return the team in 1913


Orval Overall page at SABR

Orval Overall page at Baseball Reference