The 1907 World Series featured the Chicago Cubs and the Detroit Tigers, with the Cubs winning the Series four games to none (with one tie) for their first championship.
The Cubs came back strong from their shocking loss in the 1906 World Series. The Tigers' young star Ty Cobb came into the Series with the first of his many league batting championships. With pitching dominance over the Tigers and Cobb, the Cubs allowed only three runs in the four games they won, while stealing 18 bases off the rattled Tigers.
Tigers pitcher "Wild Bill" Donovan struck out twelve Cubs in Game 1. Although that matched Ed Walsh's total in Game 3 against the Cubs in 1906, it was across twelve innings. Donovan struck out just ten Cubs in the first nine innings of the game.
Records: Chicago Cubs (W: 107, L: 45, Pct: .704, GA: 17) - Detroit Tigers (W: 92, L: 58, Pct: .613, GA: 1 ½)
Managers: Frank Chance (Chicago), Hughie Jennings (Detroit)
Umpires: Hank O'Day (NL), Jack Sheridan (AL)
Hall of Famers: Cubs: Mordecai Brown, Frank Chance, Johnny Evers, Joe Tinker. Tigers: Sam Crawford, Ty Cobb.
Tuesday, October 8, 1907 at West Side Grounds in Chicago, Illinois
The Tigers scored three runs, in large part to three Chicago errors, in the eighth inning and held a 3–1 lead going into the bottom of the ninth. The Cubs loaded the bases on a single, walk and infield error with one out. Detroit conceded a run on a ground ball for the second out and Cub player-manager Frank Chance then used pinch-hitter Del Howard to bat for Joe Tinker. Howard struck out against Wild Bill Donovan (25–4 in the regular season) but the ball got away from catcher Boss Schmidt, allowing Harry Steinfeldt to score the tying run. Donovan got the next batter but the damage to Detroit has been done. The teams then played three scoreless innings before the game was called on account of darkness and declared a tie, a first for the World Series. The Cubs committed five errors and struck out twelve times in the game, but nine stolen base attempts (seven successful) and five bunts (two for hits) set an aggressive offensive tone that will pressure the Tigers for the remainder of the series.
Wednesday, October 9, 1907 at West Side Grounds in Chicago, Illinois
|WP: Jack Pfiester (1–0) LP: George Mullin (0–1)|
George Mullin, a 20 game winner and loser for Detroit in 1907 and who had walked over 100 batters in each of his last five seasons, issues a bases-loaded walk in the second inning to tie the game at 1–1. Chicago scores two more in the fourth on a single, sacrifice bunt, RBI single, stolen base and double to take a 3–1 lead. Jack Pfiester, while allowing ten hits, benefits from two double plays and battery-mate Johnny Kling throwing out three base stealers in gaining the win for the Cubs. Joe Tinker had a run scored and an RBI for Chicago, after being pinch-hit for in the ninth inning of Game 1.
Thursday, October 10, 1907 at West Side Grounds in Chicago, Illinois
|WP: Ed Reulbach (1–0) LP: Ed Siever (0–1)|
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 series.
Friday, October 11, 1907 at Bennett Park in Detroit, Michigan
|WP: Orval Overall (1–0) LP: Wild Bill Donovan (0–1)|
Detroit held a 1–0 lead on a triple by twenty year old batting champion Ty Cobb and an RBI single by Claude Rossman before a rain delay in the fifth inning. When play resumed, Chicago baserunners reached via an error and a walk. After Joe Tinker sacrificed, pitcher Orval Overall drove both runners home on a single to right field. The Cubs scored three more in the seventh without hitting the ball out of the infield on four bunts (two for hits) and two ground balls. 23 game winner Overall was masterful after the rain delay, allowing only one hit in Detroit's final five innings, giving Chicago a commanding 3–0 lead in the series .
Saturday, October 12, 1907 at Bennett Park in Detroit, Michigan
|WP: Mordecai Brown (1–0) LP: George Mullin (0–2)|
Chicago wrapped up the series with a 2–0 victory as Mordecai Brown pitched a seven-hit shutout. The Cubs scored a run in the first inning on a walk, stolen base and RBI single by Harry Steinfeldt and scored again in the second on an error, a single, a double-steal and a ground ball out to drive in the final run. Detroit had runners on second and third with one out in the fourth inning, but could not score and never seriously threatened after that.
This Series would be the closest to a four-game sweep until the first true Series sweep in 1914.