1908 St. Louis Cardinals season

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1908 St. Louis Cardinals
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 49–105 (.318)
League place 8th
Other information
Owner(s) Frank Robison and Stanley Robison
Manager(s) John McCloskey
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The 1908 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 27th season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 17th season in the National League. The Cardinals had a 49-105 win-loss record during the season and finished 8th (last) in the National League. The season's attendance of 185,377, an average of less than 2,500 a game, which remains the lowest peace-time attendance level since 1901. The Cardinals set a Major League record which stills stands for the fewest base on balls by a team in a season, with 282.[1]

Regular season[edit]

Season summary[edit]

The Cardinals ranked last in three categories in the National League: runs scored (only 371), runs allowed (626), and errors committed (348).[2] The team was shut out a record 33 times. Three lineup regulars batted below .200. Only three drove in more than 20 runs, and the team lost more than 100 games for the second and last time in franchise history. The Cards set a club record with 105 losses and a league record for most defeats in a month when they went 7-27 in September (Brooklyn went 6-27 that same month[3]).

One team member, Bugs Raymond, ranked among the league leaders in fewest hits per nine innings, resulting in a 2.03 ERA. However, the Cardinals were shut out 11 times on days Raymond took the hill, leading to his league-high 25 losses. His 15 wins accounted for almost a third of the team's wins. Of note, he gave up fewer hits per game than Christy Mathewson, and threw five shutouts.[4]

In April 1908, the Cardinals played the St. Louis Browns in an exhibition game to raise money for former Cardinals owner Chris von der Ahe. The clubs raised $4,300.[5]

Season standings[edit]

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago Cubs 99 55 0.643 47–30 52–25
New York Giants 98 56 0.636 1 52–25 46–31
Pittsburgh Pirates 98 56 0.636 1 42–35 56–21
Philadelphia Phillies 83 71 0.539 16 43–34 40–37
Cincinnati Reds 73 81 0.474 26 40–37 33–44
Boston Doves 63 91 0.409 36 35–42 28–49
Brooklyn Superbas 53 101 0.344 46 27–50 26–51
St. Louis Cardinals 49 105 0.318 50 28–49 21–56


Roster[edit]

1908 St. Louis Cardinals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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 Ludwig, BillBill Ludwig 66 187 34 .182 0 4

Other batters[edit]

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

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Bliss, JackJack Bliss 44 136 29 .213 1 5
Marshall, DocDoc Marshall 6 14 1 .071 0 1

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Raymond, BugsBugs Raymond 48 324.1 15 25 2.03 145
Baldwin, O. F.O. F. Baldwin 4 14.2 1 3 6.14 5

Other pitchers[edit]

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Beebe, FredFred Beebe 29 174.1 5 13 2.63 72

Relief pitchers[edit]

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Single Season Bases on Balls Records". Baseball-Almanac.com. Retrieved May 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ Crazy ’08: How a cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads and Magnates created the Greatest Year in Baseball History, p. 160, by Cait Murphy, Smithsonian Books, a Division of Harper Collins, 2007, ISBN 978-0-06-088937-1
  3. ^ 1908 Brooklyn Superbas at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Crazy ’08, p. 166
  5. ^ Crazy ’08, p. 164

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