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 title.
The 1908 World Series is significant for being the last World Championship the Cubs have won to date. The Cubs would go on to appear in seven World Series in the years 1910, 1918, 1929, 1932, 1935, 1938, and 1945, losing each time. The Cubs had 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 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 Series than in 1907, as did the rest of his team. The final two games, in Detroit, were shutouts. This was also the most poorly attended 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 Series was boycotted to some degree.
For the first time, four umpires were used in the series, in alternating two-man teams.
Records: Chicago Cubs (W: 99, L: 55, Pct: .643, GA: 1) - Detroit Tigers (W: 90, L: 63, Pct: .588, GA: ½)
Managers: Frank Chance (Chicago), Hughie Jennings (Detroit)
Umpires: Jack Sheridan (AL), Hank O'Day (NL), odd-numbered games; Bill Klem (NL), Tommy Connolly (AL), even-numbered games. For the first time, four umpires were used in the series, in alternating two-man teams.
Hall of Famers: Cubs: Mordecai Brown, Frank Chance, Johnny Evers, Joe Tinker. Tigers: Sam Crawford, Ty Cobb.
Saturday, October 10, 1908 at Bennett Park in Detroit, Michigan
|WP: Mordecai Brown (1–0) LP: Ed Summers (0–1)|
Sunday, October 11, 1908 at West Side Grounds in Chicago, Illinois
|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)|
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 Game 5 (6,210) was the smallest crowd in World Series history.
- George R. Matthews: When the Cubs Won It All: The 1908 Championship Season, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2009.
- Cait Murphy: The Crazy '08: How a cast of cranks, rogues, boneheads and magnates created the greatest year in baseball history, Smithsonian Books, Washington, DC, 2007.
- Bruce A. Rubenstein: Chicago in the World Series, 1903-2005: The Cubs and White Sox in Championship Play, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2006.
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