1908 Boston Red Sox season

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1908 Boston Red Sox
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Owner(s)John I. Taylor
Manager(s)Deacon McGuire and Fred Lake
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Cy Young on July 23, the day of a home game against the St. Louis Browns.[1]

The 1908 Boston Red Sox season was the eighth season for the Major League Baseball franchise previously known as the Boston Americans. The Red Sox finished fifth in the American League (AL) with a record of 75 wins and 79 losses. The team played its home games at Huntington Avenue Grounds.

Regular season[edit]

Prior to the regular season, the team held spring training in Little Rock, Arkansas.[2]

Statistical leaders[edit]

The offense was led by Doc Gessler who had 63 RBIs, three home runs, and a .308 batting average. The pitching staff was led by Cy Young, who made 36 appearances (33 starts) and pitched 30 complete games with a 21–11 record and 1.26 ERA, while striking out 150 in 299 innings. Cy Morgan had a 14–13 record with 2.46 ERA in 30 games (26 starts). Smoky Joe Wood, who would go on to win 34 games in 1912, made his major league debut on August 24.[8]

Season standings[edit]

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Detroit Tigers 90 63 0.588 44–33 46–30
Cleveland Naps 90 64 0.584 ½ 51–26 39–38
Chicago White Sox 88 64 0.579 51–25 37–39
St. Louis Browns 83 69 0.546 46–31 37–38
Boston Red Sox 75 79 0.487 15½ 37–40 38–39
Philadelphia Athletics 68 85 0.444 22 46–30 22–55
Washington Senators 67 85 0.441 22½ 43–32 24–53
New York Highlanders 51 103 0.331 39½ 30–47 21–56

The team had one game end in a tie; September 28 at Chicago White Sox.[9] Tie games are not counted in league standings, but player statistics during tie games are counted.[10]

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1908 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BOS CWS CLE DET NY PHI STL WSH
Boston 6–16–1 10–12 11–11 12–10 10–12 15–7 11–11
Chicago 16–6–1 8–14–1 9–13 16–6 13–9 11–10 15–6–2
Cleveland 12–10 14–8–1 13–9 16–6 16–6–1 11–11–1 8–14
Detroit 11–11 13–9 9–13 15–7 14–8–1 12–10 16–5
New York 10–12 6–16 6–16 7–15 8–14–1 5–17 9–13
Philadelphia 12–10 9–13 6–16–1 8–14–1 14–8–1 8–13–1 11–11
St. Louis 7–15 10–11 11–11–1 10–12 17–5 13–8–1 15–7–1
Washington 11–11 6–15–2 14–8 5–16 13–9 11–11 7–15–1

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Jack Thoney LF
Harry Lord 3B
Jim McHale CF
Doc Gessler RF
Frank LaPorte 2B
Bob Unglaub 1B
Heinie Wagner SS
Lou Criger C
Cy Young P

Source: [11]

Roster[edit]

1908 Boston Red Sox
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Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Managers

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

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

Starters by position[edit]

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Lou Criger 84 237 45 .190 0 25
1B Jake Stahl 78 262 64 .244 0 23
2B Amby McConnell 140 502 140 .279 2 43
SS Heinie Wagner 153 526 130 .247 1 46
3B Harry Lord 145 560 145 .259 2 37
OF Jack Thoney 109 416 106 .255 2 30
OF Denny Sullivan 101 355 85 .239 0 25
OF Doc Gessler 128 435 134 .308 3 63

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Gavvy Cravath 94 277 71 .256 1 34
Bob Unglaub 72 266 70 .263 1 25
Tris Speaker 31 116 26 .224 0 9
Harry Ostdiek 1 3 0 .000 0 0
Deacon McGuire 1 1 0 .000 0 0

Pitching[edit]

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

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Cy Young 36 299 21 11 1.26 150
Eddie Cicotte 39 207 13 11 12 2.43 95
Cy Morgan 30 205 14 13 2.46 99
Fred Burchell 31 179 23 10 8 2.96 94
George Winter 22 147 23 4 14 3.05 55
Elmer Steele 16 118 5 7 1.83 37

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Tex Pruiett 13 58 23 1 7 1.99 28
Ralph Glaze 10 34 23 2 2 3.38 13

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Frank Arellanes 11 79 4 3 1.82 33
Smoky Joe Wood 6 22 1 1 2.38 11
King Brady 1 9 1 0 0.00 3
Doc McMahon 1 9 1 0 3.00 3
Jesse Tannehill 1 5 0 0 3.60 2
Casey Patten 1 3 0 1 15.00 0
Charlie Hartman 1 2 0 0 4.50 1
Jake Thielman 1 23 0 0 40.50 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "The 1908 Boston Red Sox Regular Season Game Log". Retrosheet. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  2. ^ "Pilgrims Come Tomorrow". Arkansas Gazette. Little Rock, Arkansas. March 2, 1908. p. 8. Retrieved November 5, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Casey Patten". Retrosheet. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  4. ^ "Boston Red Sox 8, New York Highlanders 0". Retrosheet. June 30, 1908. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  5. ^ "Deacon McGuire". Retrosheet. November 17, 2018.
  6. ^ "Fred Lake". Retrosheet. November 17, 2018.
  7. ^ "Cleveland Naps 2, Boston Red Sox 1". Retrosheet. September 18, 1908. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  8. ^ "Smoky Joe Wood". Retrosheet. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  9. ^ "Chicago White Sox 2, Boston Red Sox 2". Retrosheet. September 28, 1908. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  10. ^ "Tie". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  11. ^ "Boston Red Sox 3, Washington Senators 1". Retrosheet. April 14, 1908. Retrieved November 11, 2018.

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