1908 World Series
|Umpires:||Jack Sheridan (AL), Hank O'Day (NL), odd-numbered games; Bill Klem (NL), Tommy Connolly (AL), even-numbered games|
|Hall of Famers:||Umpires: Tommy Connolly, Bill Klem, Hank O'Day.
Cubs: Mordecai Brown, Frank Chance, Johnny Evers, Joe Tinker.
Tigers: Sam Crawford, Ty Cobb.
The 1908 World 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 and overall World Series title.
The 1908 World Series is significant for being the most recent World Series championship the Cubs have won. The team would go on to appear in seven World Series in 1910, 1918, 1929, 1932, 1935, 1938, and 1945, losing each time. The Cubs had been one of baseball's most dominant teams in the early 1900s. This was the year of the infamous "Merkle's Boner" play that allowed the Chicago Cubs to reach the World Series after beating the New York Giants (now the San Francisco 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 World Series than in the previous year, as did the rest of his team. The final two games, held in Detroit, were shutouts. This was also the most poorly attended World 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 World Series was boycotted to some degree.
For the first time, four umpires were used in the series, in alternating two-man teams.
|1||October 10||Chicago Cubs – 10, Detroit Tigers – 6||Bennett Park||2:10||10,812|
|2||October 11||Detroit Tigers – 1, Chicago Cubs – 6||West Side Grounds||1:30||17,760|
|3||October 12||Detroit Tigers – 8, Chicago Cubs – 3||West Side Grounds||2:10||14,543|
|4||October 13||Chicago Cubs – 3, Detroit Tigers – 0||Bennett Park||1:35||12,907|
|5||October 14||Chicago Cubs – 2, Detroit Tigers – 0||Bennett Park||1:25||6,210|
|WP: Mordecai Brown (1–0) LP: Ed Summers (0–1)|
With Detroit leading 6–5 in the top of the ninth after finally coming from behind with two runs in the bottom of the eighth, the Cubs broke out with six straight one-out singles against Ed Summers, scoring five times and winning the first game just as they had forced a tie in the first game of the 1907 Series by coming from behind with two runs in the ninth.
|WP: Orval Overall (1–0) LP: Wild Bill Donovan (0–1)
CHC: Joe Tinker (1)
Monday, October 12, 1908 at West Side Grounds in Chicago, Illinois
|WP: George Mullin (1–0) LP: Jack Pfiester (0–1)|
It was in this game that Ty Cobb enjoyed the finest World Series outing he ever had. The 21-year-old Georgian rapped three singles and a double in five at-bats, and stole two bases. In the top of the ninth, he singled and promptly stole second and third, but then the hyped-up boy wonder pressed his luck and was thrown out trying to steal home. This was the only Tiger win in their back-to-back first two World Series losses to the Cubs.
Tuesday, October 13, 1908 at Bennett Park in Detroit, Michigan
|WP: Mordecai Brown (2–0) LP: Ed Summers (0–2)|
Wednesday, October 14, 1908 at Bennett Park in Detroit, Michigan
|WP: Orval Overall (2–0) LP: Wild Bill Donovan (0–2)|
The attendance during this last game of the 1908 World Series (6,210) was the smallest crowd in Series history.
Cub hurler Orval Overall became the first pitcher in Series history to strike out four batters in one inning (the bottom of the first) in a complete game 2–0 shutout. In the 2013 ALCS, Aníbal Sánchez of the Detroit Tigers struck out four batters (also in the bottom of the first).
Boss Schmidt, who made the last out of the 1907 Series with a popup to short, also made the last out of this Series with a feeble catcher-to-first groundout.
This was also the first World Series game in which neither team committed an error.
While it was obviously not realized at the time, this would be the Cubs' last World Series title. As of 2016, the Cubs still have not won another World Series after this and they have not appeared in one in 71 years.
Composite line score
|Total attendance: 62,232 Average attendance: 12,446
Winning player's share: $1,318 Losing player's share: $870
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