1908 World Series

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1908 World Series

The 1908 Series matched the defending champion Chicago Cubs against the Detroit Tigers in a rematch of the 1907 Series. In this first-ever rematch of this young event, the Cubs won in five games for their second consecutive title.

The 1908 World Series is significant for being the last World Championship for the Cubs as of 2008. The Cubs would go on to appear in the World Series in 1910, 1918, 1929, 1932, 1935, 1938, and 1945, losing the Series all seven times. The Cubs had one of baseball's most dominant teams in the early 1900s, but unbeknownst to their fans in 1908 (the year "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" debuted) this would be the end of it, for at least a full century.

Cub pitcher Ed Reulbach scatters six hits as Chicago jumps on Tiger starter Ed Siever for four runs on seven hits in only four innings in route to the victory. Johnny Evers has three hits, including two doubles, as the Cubs take a 2–0 lead in the 1908 World Series.

This was the year of the infamous "Merkle Boner" play that allowed the Chicago Cubs to reach the World Series after beating the New York Giants in a one-game "playoff", actually the makeup game for the tie that the Merkle play had caused.

The Series was anti-climactic after tight pennant races in both leagues. Ty Cobb had a much better Series than in 1907, as did the rest of his team. The final two games, in Detroit, were shutouts. This was also the most poorly attended Series in history, with the final game drawing a record-low 6,210 fans. Attendance in Chicago was harmed by a ticket-scalping scheme that fans accused the club's owner of participating in, and the Series was boycotted to some degree. For the first time, four umpires were used in the series, in alternating two-man teams.


1908 World Series-Game 1

Date Oct. 10th, 1908
Location Bennett Park
Attendance 10,812

1908 World Series Game 1-Line Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 10 14 2
Detroit 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 6 10 4


1908 World Series Game 1-Box Score

Chicago Cubs 10, Detroit Tigers 6

Chicago Cubs Detroit Tigers
Player ab r h rbi Player ab r h rbi
Sheckard lf 6 1 3 0 McIntyre lf 3 1 2 0
Evers 2b 4 1 2 0 O'Leary ss 4 0 1 0
Schulte rf 4 2 2 1 Thomas ph 1 0 1 0
Chance 1b 4 2 1 0 Winter pr 0 0 0 0
Steinfeldt 3b 3 2 2 2 Crawford cf 4 1 0 0
Hofman cf 4 1 1 2 Cobb rf 4 0 2 0
Tinker ss 5 1 2 2 Rossman 1b 4 1 2 1
Kling c 3 0 1 2 Schaefer 3b 3 0 0 0
Reulbach p 3 0 0 0 Schmidt c 4 0 0 1
Overall p 1 0 0 0 Downs 2b 4 1 1 1
Brown p 0 0 0 0 Killian p 0 0 0 0
- - - - - Summers p 3 0 1 1
- - - - - Jones ph 1 0 0 0
Total 37 10 14 9 Total 35 6 10 5
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 10 14 2
Detroit 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 6 10 3
Chicago Cubs IP H R ER BB SO
Reulbach 6.2 8 4 4 0 5
Overall 0.1 0 1 1 1 0
Brown W(1-0) 2.0 2 1 0 1 1
Total 9.0 10 6 5 2 6
Detroit Tigers IP H R ER BB SO
Killian 2.1 5 4 3 3 1
Summers L(0-1) 6.2 9 6 5 1 2
Total 9.0 14 10 8 4 3

E–Evers (1), Chance (1), McIntyre (1), Schaefer (1), Downs (1). 2B–Chicago Sheckard 2 (2,off Killian 2), Detroit Downs (1,off Reulbach). SH–Evers (1,off Summers); Schulte (1,off Summers); Kling (1,off Summers); Brown (1,off Summers); Cobb (1,off Brown); Schaefer (1,off Brown). SF–Steinfeldt (1,off Summers). HBP–McIntyre (1,by Overall). SB–Chance 2 (2,2nd base off Killian/Schmidt,2nd base off Summers/Schmidt); Tinker 2 (2,2nd base off Summers/Schmidt 2); Hofman (1,3rd base off Summers/Schmidt); McIntyre (1,2nd base off Reulbach/Kling). CS–Kling (1,2nd base by Summers/Schmidt). HBP–Overall (1,McIntyre). U–Jack Sheridan (AL), Hank O'Day (NL). T–2:10. A–10,812.


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1908 World Series-Game 2

Date Oct. 11th, 1908
Location West Side Grounds
Attendance 17,760

1908 World Series Game 2-Line Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 1
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 x 6 7 1


1908 World Series Game 2-Box Score

Detroit Tigers 1, Chicago Cubs 6

Detroit Tigers Chicago Cubs
Player ab r h rbi Player ab r h rbi
McIntyre lf 4 0 0 0 Slagle lf 4 1 1 1
O'Leary ss 3 0 0 0 Evers 2b 4 1 1 1
Jones ph 0 1 0 0 Schulte rf 4 1 1 1
Crawford cf 4 0 0 0 Chance 1b 3 0 0 0
Cobb rf 4 0 1 1 Steinfeldt 3b 4 0 0 0
Rossman 1b 4 0 0 0 Hofman cf 3 1 1 0
Schaefer 3b 3 0 2 0 Tinker ss 3 1 1 2
Schmidt c 3 0 1 0 Kling c 3 1 1 0
Downs 2b 2 0 0 0 Overall p 3 0 1 0
Donovan p 2 0 0 0 - - - - -
Total 29 1 4 1 Total 31 6 7 5
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 1
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 x 6 7 0
Detroit Tigers IP H R ER BB SO
Donovan L(0-1) 8.0 7 6 6 1 7
Total 8.0 7 6 6 1 7
Chicago Cubs IP H R ER BB SO
Overall W(1-0) 9.0 4 1 1 2 5
Total 9.0 4 1 1 2 5

E–Donovan (1). DP–Detroit 1, Chicago 1. 2B–Chicago Kling (1,off Donovan). 3B–Chicago Schulte (1,off Donovan). HR–Chicago Tinker (1,8th inning off Donovan 1 on, 1 out). SH–Donovan (1,off Overall). SB–Schaefer (1,2nd base off Overall/Kling); Sheckard (1,2nd base off Donovan/Schmidt); Evers (1,2nd base off Donovan/Schmidt); Chance (3,2nd base off Donovan/Schmidt). WP–Donovan (1). U–Bill Klem (NL), Tom Connolly (AL). T–1:30. A–17,760.


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1908 World Series-Game 3

Date Oct. 12th, 1908
Location West Side Grounds
Attendance 14,543

1908 World Series Game 3-Line Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit 1 0 0 0 0 5 0 2 0 8 11 4
Chicago 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 2


1908 World Series Game 3-Box Score

Detroit Tigers 8, Chicago Cubs 3

Detroit Tigers Chicago Cubs
Player ab r h rbi Player ab r h rbi
McIntyre lf 4 1 1 0 Sheckard lf 4 0 0 0
O'Leary ss 4 2 1 0 Evers 2b 3 1 0 0
Crawford cf 5 1 2 1 Schulte rf 4 0 1 0
Cobb rf 5 1 4 2 Chance 1b 4 1 2 1
Rossman 1b 4 2 2 2 Steinfeldt 3b 4 1 1 0
Schaefer 2b 4 0 0 0 Hofman cf 4 0 2 1
Thomas c 3 0 1 1 Tinker ss 3 0 1 0
Coughlin c 3 0 0 1 Kling c 3 0 0 0
Mullin p 3 1 1 1 Pfiester p 2 0 0 0
- - - - - Howard ph 1 0 0 0
- - - - - Reulbach p 0 0 0 0
Total 35 8 12 8 Total 32 3 7 2
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit 1 0 0 0 0 5 0 2 0 8 12 4
Chicago 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 0
Detroit Tigers IP H R ER BB SO
Mullin W(1-0) 9.0 7 3 0 1 8
Total 9.0 7 3 0 1 8
Chicago Cubs IP H R ER BB SO
Pfiester L(0-1) 8.0 11 8 7 3 1
Reulbach 1.0 1 0 0 1 0
Total 9.0 12 8 7 4 1

E–None. DP–Detroit 2, Chicago 2. 2B–Detroit Thomas (1,off Pfiester); Cobb (1,off Pfiester). 3B–Chicago Hofman (1,off Mullin). SF–Coughlin (1,off Pfiester). SB–Cobb 2 (2,2nd base off Reulbach/Kling,3rd base off Reulbach/Kling); Chance 2 (5,2nd base off Mullin/Thomas 2); Steinfeldt (1,2nd base off Mullin/Thomas). CS–Cobb (1,Home by Reulbach/Kling); Schulte (1,2nd base by Mullin/Thomas); Tinker (1,2nd base by Mullin/Thomas); Evers (1,2nd base by Mullin/Thomas). U–Hank O'Day (NL), Jack Sheridan (AL). T–2:10. A–14,543.


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1908 World Series-Game 4

Date Oct. 13th, 1908
Location Bennett Park
Attendance 12,907

1908 World Series Game 4-Line Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 10 0
Detroit 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1


1908 World Series Game 4-Box Score

Chicago Cubs 3, Detroit Tigers 0

Chicago Cubs Detroit Tigers
Player ab r h rbi Player ab r h rbi
Sheckard lf 4 0 0 0 McIntyre lf 4 0 0 0
Evers 2b 5 1 1 0 O'Leary ss 4 0 2 0
Schulte rf 3 1 2 0 Crawford cf 4 0 2 0
Chance 1b 4 1 2 0 Cobb rf 3 0 0 0
Steinfeldt 3b 3 0 1 1 Rossman 1b 3 0 0 0
Hofman cf 4 0 2 1 Schaefer 2b 3 0 0 0
Tinker ss 4 0 0 0 Schmidt c 3 0 0 0
Kling c 4 0 2 0 Coughlin 3b 2 0 0 0
Brown p 4 0 0 0 Summers p 2 0 0 0
- - - - - Jones ph 1 0 0 0
- - - - - Winter p 0 0 0 0
Total 35 3 10 2 Total 29 0 4 0
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 10 0
Detroit 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Chicago Cubs IP H R ER BB SO
Brown W(2-0) 9.0 4 0 0 0 4
Total 9.0 4 0 0 0 4
Detroit Tigers IP H R ER BB SO
Summers L(0-2) 8.0 9 2 2 3 5
Winter 1.0 1 1 0 1 0
Total 9.0 10 3 2 4 5

E–Cobb (1). DP–Chicago 1. PB–Kling (1); Schmidt (1). 2B–Detroit Crawford (1,off Brown). SH–Steinfeldt (1,off Summers). HBP–Coughlin (1,by Brown). SB–Schulte 2 (2,2nd base off Summers/Schmidt 2); Hofman (2,2nd base off Summers/Schmidt); Evers (2,2nd base off Winter/Schmidt). CS–Kling (2,2nd base by Summers/Schmidt); Schulte (2,Home by Winter/Schmidt). HBP–Brown (1,Coughlin). U–Tom Connolly (AL), Bill Klem (NL). T–1:35. A–12,907.


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1908 World Series-Game 5

Date Oct. 14th, 1908
Location Bennett Park
Attendance 6,210

1908 World Series Game 5-Line Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 10 0
Detroit 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0


1908 World Series Game 5-Box Score

Chicago Cubs 2, Detroit Tigers 0

Chicago Cubs Detroit Tigers
Player ab r h rbi Player ab r h rbi
Sheckard lf 3 0 1 0 McIntyre lf 3 0 1 0
Evers 2b 4 1 3 1 O'Leary ss 4 0 0 0
Schulte rf 3 0 1 0 Crawford cf 4 0 1 0
Chance 1b 4 0 3 1 Cobb rf 3 0 0 0
Steinfeldt 3b 2 0 0 0 Rossman 1b 4 0 0 0
Hofman cf 4 0 0 0 Schaefer 2b 3 0 0 0
Tinker ss 4 0 1 0 Schmidt c 4 0 0 0
Kling c 3 1 0 0 Coughlin 3b 3 0 1 0
Overall p 2 0 1 0 Donovan p 2 0 0 0
Total 29 2 10 2 Total 30 0 3 0
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 10 0
Detroit 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Chicago Cubs IP H R ER BB SO
Overall W(2-0) 9.0 3 0 0 4 10
Total 9.0 3 0 0 4 10
Detroit Tigers IP H R ER BB SO
Donovan L(0-2) 9.0 10 2 2 3 3
Total 9.0 10 2 2 3 3

E–None. DP–Detroit 2. 2B–Chicago Evers (1,off Donovan), Detroit McIntyre (1,off Overall). SH–Overall (1,off Donovan); Steinfeldt (2,off Donovan); Schulte (2,off Donovan). CS–Steinfeldt (1,2nd base by Donovan/Schmidt); Evers (2,Home by Donovan/Schmidt); Schaefer (1,2nd base by Overall/Kling). SB–Donovan (1,2nd base off Overall/Kling). WP–Overall (1). U–Jack Sheridan (AL), Hank O'Day (NL). T–1:25. A–6,210.


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Detroit Tigers Team Hitting Stats

Players Name Pos GM AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI Avg BB SO SB
Ty Cobb of 5 19 7 1 0 0 3 4 .368 1 2 2
Bill Coughlin 3b 3 8 1 0 0 0 0 1 .125 0 1 0
Sam Crawford cf of 5 21 5 1 0 0 2 1 .238 1 2 0
Bill Donovan p 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1 1 1
Red Downs 2b 2 6 1 1 0 0 1 1 .167 1 2 0
Davy Jones ph 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 1 1 0
Ed Killian p 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Matty McIntyre of 5 18 4 1 0 0 2 0 .222 3 2 1
George Mullin p 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 1 .333 1 0 0
Charley O'Leary ss 5 19 3 0 0 0 2 0 .158 0 3 0
Claude Rossman 1b 5 19 4 0 0 0 3 3 .211 1 4 1
Germany Schaefer 2b,3b 5 16 2 0 0 0 0 0 .125 1 4 1
Boss Schmidt c 4 14 1 0 0 0 0 1 .071 0 2 0
Ed Summers p 2 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 .200 0 2 0
Ira Thomas c 2 4 2 1 0 0 0 1 .500 1 0 0
George Winter p 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI Avg BB SO SB
Total 158 32 5 0 0 15 14 .203 12 26 6



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Detroit Tigers Team Pitching Stats

Players Name W L G GS CG S SH IP ERA H SO ER BB
Bill Donovan 0 2 2 2 2 0 0 17.0 4.24 17 10 8 4
Ed Killian 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2.1 11.57 5 1 3 3
George Mullin 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 9.0 0.00 7 8 0 1
Ed Summers 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 14.2 4.30 18 7 7 4
George Winter 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1.0 0.00 1 0 0 1
W L G GS CG S SH IP ERA H SO ER BB
Total 1 4 7 5 3 0 0 44.0 3.68 48 26 18 13



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Chicago Cubs Team Hitting Stats

Players Name Pos G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI Avg BB SO SB
Mordecai Brown p 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 2 0
Frank Chance 1b 5 19 8 0 0 0 4 2 .421 3 1 5
Johnny Evers 2b 5 20 7 1 0 0 5 2 .350 1 2 2
Solly Hofman of 5 19 6 0 1 0 2 4 .316 1 4 2
Del Howard ph 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Johnny Kling c 5 16 4 1 0 0 2 2 .250 2 2 0
Orval Overall p 3 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 .333 0 1 0
Jack Pfiester p 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 2 0
Ed Reulbach p 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 1 0
Frank Schulte of 5 18 7 0 1 0 4 2 .389 2 1 2
Jimmy Sheckard of 5 21 5 2 0 0 2 1 .238 2 3 1
Harry Steinfeldt 3b 5 16 4 0 0 0 3 3 .250 2 5 1
Joe Tinker ss 5 19 5 0 0 1 2 4 .263 0 2 2
Pos G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI Avg BB SO SB
Total 164 48 4 2 1 24 20 .293 13 26 15



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Chicago Cubs Team Pitching Stats

Players Name W L G GS CG S SH IP ERA H SO ER BB
Mordecai Brown 2 0 2 1 1 0 1 11.0 0.00 6 5 0 1
Orval Overall 2 0 3 2 2 0 1 18.1 0.98 7 15 2 7
Jack Pfiester 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 8.0 7.87 10 1 7 3
Ed Reulbach 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 7.2 4.70 9 5 4 1
W L G GS CG S SH IP ERA H SO ER BB
Total 4 1 8 5 3 0 2 45.0 2.60 32 26 13 12

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