1908 Boston Red Sox season
|1908 Boston Red Sox|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||John I. Taylor|
|Manager(s)||Deacon McGuire and Fred Lake|
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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.
- 1 Regular season
- 2 Player stats
- 3 References
- 4 Further reading
- 5 External links
- April 14: The regular season opens with a 3–1 home win over the Washington Senators.
- May 18: The team's longest losing streak of the season, seven games, ends with a home win over the Cleveland Naps.
- May 28: The team's longest winning streak of the season, five games, ends with a home loss to the Chicago White Sox.
- May 31: Jesse Tannehill was traded by the Red Sox to the Washington Senators for Casey Patten.
- June 30: Cy Young throws a no-hitter against the New York Highlanders at Hilltop Park in New York City; at the plate, Young has three hits and four RBIs.
- August 6: In their longest game of the season, the Americans lose to the White Sox, 2–1 in 13 innings at South Side Park in Chicago.
- August 27: Deacon McGuire manages his final games for the team, losing both ends of a doubleheader to the St. Louis Browns, dropping the team's record to 53–62.
- August 28: Fred Lake manages his first game, a 3–1 win over St. Louis. Under Lake, the team goes 22–17 through the end of the season.
- September 18: The franchise is no-hit for the first time in its history, by Bob Rhoads of Cleveland in a road game played at League Park.
- October 5: The regular season ends with home doubleheader against the Philadelphia Athletics; Boston wins the first game, 10–1, then loses the second game, 5–3 in eight innings.
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.
|Chicago White Sox||88||64||0.579||1½||51–25||37–39|
|St. Louis Browns||83||69||0.546||6½||46–31||37–38|
|Boston Red Sox||75||79||0.487||15½||37–40||38–39|
|New York Highlanders||51||103||0.331||39½||30–47||21–56|
Record vs. opponents
1908 American League Records
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Opening Day lineup
|1908 Boston Red Sox|
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Starters by position
Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
|Eddie Cicotte||39||207 1⁄3||11||12||2.43||95|
|Fred Burchell||31||179 2⁄3||10||8||2.96||94|
|George Winter||22||147 2⁄3||4||14||3.05||55|
|Tex Pruiett||13||58 2⁄3||1||7||1.99||28|
|Ralph Glaze||10||34 2⁄3||2||2||3.38||13|
|Smoky Joe Wood||6||22||1||1||2.38||11|
- "The 1908 Boston Red Sox Regular Season Game Log". Retrosheet. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
- "Pilgrims Come Tomorrow". Arkansas Gazette. Little Rock, Arkansas. March 2, 1908. p. 8. Retrieved November 5, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
- "Casey Patten". Retrosheet. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
- "Boston Red Sox 8, New York Highlanders 0". Retrosheet. June 30, 1908. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
- "Deacon McGuire". Retrosheet. November 17, 2018.
- "Fred Lake". Retrosheet. November 17, 2018.
- "Cleveland Naps 2, Boston Red Sox 1". Retrosheet. September 18, 1908. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
- "Smoky Joe Wood". Retrosheet. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
- "Chicago White Sox 2, Boston Red Sox 2". Retrosheet. September 28, 1908. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
- "Tie". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
- "Boston Red Sox 3, Washington Senators 1". Retrosheet. April 14, 1908. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
- Murphy, Cait (2007). Crazy '08: How a Cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads, and Magnates Created the Greatest Year in Baseball History. foreword by Robert Creamer. Smithsonian. ISBN 0060889373.