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Chicago Cubs 1908 Chicago Cubs 1908
Chicago Cubs 1908; The Chicago Cubs Won the 1907 World Series Vs the Detroit Tigers

The 1908 Chicago Cubs main five pitching staff produced the lowest earned run average in baseball history. Here's the facts: their star pitcher Mordecai 'Three Finger' Brown was 29-9 with an ERA of 1.47, Ed Reulbach went 24-7, an ERA of 2.03, Orval Overall 15-11, ERA of 1.92 and Jack Pfiester 12-10, ERA of 2.00. The Cubs 5th starter was Chuck Frazier 11-9 with an ERA of 2.27- the starting five pitchers all had ERA's under 2.30 - amazing.

The Cubs defense was anchored by SS - Joe Tinker; 2B - Johnny Evers and 1B - Frank Chance. This trio was made famous in song ; Tinker to Evers to Chance... Baseball History




Detroit Tigers 1908 Detroit Tigers 1908
1908 Detroit Tigers; the Detroit Tigers Won The American League Pennant in 1907 but Lost to the Cubs in the World Series

The 1908 Detroit Tigers were noted for their ability to slap base hits all-around the baseball field. Ty Cobb and Sam Crawford were the leaders and both played brazen, aggressive baseball. Cobb led the league with his .324 BA and in RBI's with 108. Crawford batted .311, Matty McIntyre hit .295 and Claude Rossman .294. The Tigers' main pitchers were Ed Summers, 24-12 ERA of 1.64 and 'Wild Bill' Donovan, 18-7 with an ERA of 2.08.

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With his spikes flying high, Ty Cobb was the most daring base runner in baseball history - Baseball Historian

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1908 National League Pennant 1908 National League Pennant
The 1908 Pennant Race - National League

Leading up to the pennant on Sept. 26, 1908, the Cubs' Ed Reulbach pitched shutouts in both games of a twin bill. The Cubs beat the Dodgers in Brooklyn 5-0, 3-0 as Reulbach pitched two complete games and allowed a total of only 8 hits while striking out 10 batters. Then on Oct. 1, Reulbach threw another shutout blanking Cincinnati 6-0 - his fourth straight shutout. On Oct. 4, Mordecai 'Three Finger' Brown pitched the Cubs to a 5-2 victory over the Pirates. The Chicago Cubs and the New York Giants were tied for 1st place with 98-55 records. On Oct. 8 over 35,000 fans jamb the Polo Grounds in N.Y. and watch the Cubs win 4-2 on 'Three Finger' Brown's pitching. Christy Mathewson who led the league with 37 wins, an ERA of 1.43 is the losing pitcher for the Giants. The Cubs are the winners of the 1908 National League Pennant.




1908 American League Pennant 1908 American League Pennant
1908 American League Pennant Clincher

On October 7, 1908, the Detroit Tigers clinched the American League Pennant as 'Wild Bill' Donovan pitched a two-hit shutout in Chicago beating the White Sox 7-0. The Tigers' Ty Cobb was the batting hero with a two-run triple and two singles; teammates Sam Crawford lined 4 hits while Matty McIntyre got 3 hits.

The Tigers played only 153 games - with a 90-63 record. The Cleveland Indians played 154 games and end 90-64.The one less game was rained out early in the season and wasn't replayed as it would have been too costly. The Detroit Tigers were declared the American League Champions. The Tigers and the Chicago Cubs will play in the World Series.

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Exciting baseball caught fans attention during early 1900s Baseball History

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Cubs vs. Tigers... 1908 World Series Cubs vs. Tigers... 1908 World Series
1908 World Series; Chicago Cubs VS the Detroit Tigers

Even though the Chicago Cubs beat the Detroit Tigers in the 1907 World Series, the Tigers with Ty Cobb and Sam Crawford were the favorites to win the 1908 WS. The Cubs rallied for five runs in the top of the ninth in the first game to grab a 10-6 win. Behind Orval Overall's four hitter the Cubs won game 2 by the score of 6-1; the game was scoreless until Joe Tinker hit a home run in the eight inning with a man on base. Ty Cobb got 4 hits, 2 RBI's and stole two bases in the 3rd game to lead the Tigers to a 8-3 win.

Mordecai 'Three Finger' Brown pitched a shutout allowing only four hits as the Cubs won game 4 ( 3-0 ). The Chicago Cubs beat the Tigers in game 5 and won their 2nd Straight World Championship as Orval Overall threw a 3-hit Shutout. The Cubs' Johnny Evers and Frank Chance each had three hits in the final game.

Ty Cobb batted .368 in the series and Frank Chance led the winning Cubs' with a .421 BA.

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The legendary double play combo of Thinker-to-Evers-to-Chance... Turn of the Century baseball history - baseballhistorian.com

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Orval  Overall Orval Overall
Pitcher Right-handed, Chicago Cubs 1906-1910 & 1913; Reds 1905

Traded to the Chicago Cubs in July of 1906, Orval Overall with his over-powering fastball emerged as one of the best pitchers in the late 1900's. Though his career lasted only seven years, it was one of the best in baseballs' history. Orval Overall's life-time 2.24 ERA is the eight best in major leagues' history.

In 1907, he went 23-8, ERA 1.70, and his eight shutouts tied Hall of Famer, Christy Mathewson for the league lead.

In the 1907 World Series vs. the Tigers, he beat the Detroit team once and in the 1908 WS, he won two games including pitching a 3-hit shutout in the series final. Orval Overall recorded a 1.42 ERA in 1909, a 20-11 record and led the NL with 9 shutouts and with 205 K's.

He developed a sore arm the next season and left baseball for 2 years returning only for the 1913 season but the arm injury re-occurred and he was forced to retire before the year ended. Orval Overall stats: 106-71 record, 2.24 ERA in 1,532 innings.

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Chicago Cubs Baseball History by baseballhistorian.com Research Dept.

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Sam  Crawford Sam Crawford
OF & 1B Left-handed; Detroit Tigers 1903-1917, Cincinnati Reds 1899-1902 Hall of Famer

Sam Crawford started his brilliant career with the Reds in 1898 and in 1901 hit the most home runs (16) in one season up to this time in history. In 1903, Crawford jumped to the Tigers of the newly formed American League.

Crawford, a life-time .309 hitter along with his famous teammate, Ty Cobb, were the best one-two punch in baseball during this "dead ball era". This outstanding pair led the Tigers to three straight pennants, 1907-09.

However both players batted poorly in the all three World Series and were the main reason why the Tigers dropped all three.

In 1908, Sam Crawford led the AL in HR's with seven to become the first player to ever lead both leagues in HR's. When he retired, he held the AL record for career HR's with 70 and his 312 career triples are still the highest amount in baseball history.

Elected to the Hall of Fame, Sam Crawford career stats: 2,964 hits in 2,517 games, .309 batting average, 97 HR's with 1,525 RBI's.



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Mordecai  Brown Mordecai Brown
Pitcher Right-handed; Chicago Cubs- World Champions 1907-1908 Hall of Famer

Mordecai 'Three Finger' Brown was the Chicago Cubs star pitcher during the great Thinker-to-Evers-to-Chance Cub teams that won four pennant and two World Championships, from 1906-1910. Mordecai Brown won 20 or more games for six straight years from 1906 thru 1911.

He won five World Series games, four of them on shutouts. Mordecai Brown career stats: 239-129, an ERA of 2.06, the third best in baseball history. He pitched in 3,172 innings from 1903-1916.



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Bill Donovan Bill Donovan
Pitcher RH; Washington (NL) 1898; Brooklyn (NL) 1899-1902; Detroit Tigers 1903-1912, 1918; New York Yankees 1915-1916

'Wild Bill' Donovan twice won 25 games in a season, and from 1901 through 1908 he won at least 17 games in 7-of-8 seasons.

Pitching for the old Brooklyn Dodgers in 1901, Donovan went 25-15, 2.77 ERA, he led the league in games with 45 and hurled 36 complete games for the first of four consecutive years with 30 or more complete games. In 1903 he was traded to the Detroit Tigers and had a winning record for the 1st three seasons.

In 1907, 'Wild Bill' Donovan posted a 25-4 record,.862, the 4th highest percentage in AL history. He led the Detroit Tigers to three straight pennants, 1907-1909. In 1910, Donovan was 17-7, 2.44 ERA, 23GS, 20GC.

An arm injury ended his career in 1912. He later managed the Yankees and Phillies. Bill Donovan's career: 186-139, 2.69 ERA, 378G, 327GS, 289GC, 35 shutouts, 2965 innings. Baseballhistorian.com




Detroit's First American League Lineup - April 25, 1901 Detroit's First American League Lineup - April 25, 1901
Baseball Returns to the Motor City - Major League Baseball History

For a time in the late 1800s, Detroit had no big-time baseball team at all. After fielding a team in the National League that folded because of lack of fan interest, James D. Burns brought major league base ball back to the city in 1901 when the American League was formed. Burns, a Wayne County Sheriff, was also a wealthy hotel owner.

Burns' first manager was George Stallings, but nobody was sure if there was there was enough fan-base in the city of Detroit to sustain a big-league club.

The new team, the Detroit Tigers, played its first American League game on April 25, 1901 at Bennett Park, located at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull - later to be Navin Field.

Detroit Tigers Baseball History:

According to old newspaper accounts: - Detroit's Opening Day lineup shows -

Jim 'Doc' Casey at third... Jim Barrett in center field... Bill 'Kid' Gleason at second... Bill 'Ducky' Holmes in right... Frank Dillon at first base... Norman 'Kid' Elberfield at shortstop... Bill Nance in left field... Fred Buelow catching... and Roscoe Miller starting pitcher... and Emil Frisk relief pitcher.

The ballpark was built to accommodate about 6,000 people but an overflow crowd of 10,013 showed up and filled the outfield.

The Tigers' first opponent was Milwaukee (which folded early in the 1900s). When Milwaukee scored early and often and built a 13-4 lead going into the ninth... disgusted fans left the Park in groves. However, 'Doc' Casey led off the bottom of the ninth with a stinging double and Barrett singled him home. 'Ducky' Holmes and Frank Dillon followed by each lining a double... and the rally continued until the Tigers were trailing 13-12 with the bases loaded and two men out. The fans that stayed were rootin' and screaming like crazy when Dillon lined a double into the outfield crowd - his fourth double of the game - giving the Tigers a 14-13 victory.

This great come-from-behind victory made headline news and enabled the Tigers to stay in Detroit for good.

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The Early Days of Detroit Tigers Baseball History by baseballhistorian.com




 


1930 St. Louis Cardinals - NL Pennant Winners
Hoist the Flag!

Roster and Player's Bios:

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Manager Charles 'Gabby' Street - took over the helm of the Redbirds after the team finished in fourth place the previous season (1929). A former part-time major league catcher. Born: Sept. 30, 1882 in Huntsville, Alabama - attended South Kentucky College. A life-time .208 hitter, Street played in 504 big-league games from 1904-1912.

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Burleigh Grimes, Pitcher RH - marred in last place on May 6th, the Cardinals acquired the 37-year old Grimes in a trade and then won 17 of their next 18 games. The last of the legal spitball pitchers, he complied a remarkable 270-212 W/L record in his great career and was so honor by being elected to the Hall of Fame.

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Jim Bottomley, First Baseman, LH, 6' 180lbs - the line drive hitting first baseman played an important part in St. Louis' success in 1930... he rapped 33 doubles, 7 triples, 15 home runs and collected a .368 on-base-pct, and struck out just 36 times all season.

A member of the Hall of Fame 'Sunny Jim' Bottomley finished his 16 year major career (1922-1937) with a .310 batting average and lined 465 doubles, 151 triples, 219 homers and had 1,422 RBIs. He played with the Cardinals from 1922-1932 until being traded away.

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1930 St. Louis Cardinals Batting Statistics:

Sparky Adams .314, 0 Hr, 55 RBIs in 137 Games... Ray Blades .396, 4 Hr, 25 RBIs in 55G... Jim Bottomley .304, 15 Hr, 97 RBIS in 131G... Taylor Douthit .303, 7 Hr, 93 RBIs in 154G... Doc Farrell .213, 0 Hr, 6 RBIs in 23G... Showboat Fisher .374, 8 Hr, 61 RBIs in 92G... Frankie Frisch .346, 10 Hr, 114 RBIs in 133G... Charlie Gelbert .304, 3 Hr, 72 RBIs in 139G... Chick Hafey .336, 26 Hr, 107 RBIs in 120G... Andy High .272, 2 Hr, 29 RBIs in 72G... Tony Kaufman .333 in 2G... Gus Mancuso .336, 7 Hr, 59 RBIs in 76G... Pepper Martin .00 in 6G... Clarence Martin .500 in 1G... Ernie Orsatti .321, 1 Hr, 15 RBIs in 48G... Homer Peel .164, 0 Hr, 10 RBIs in 48G... George Puccinelli .563, 3 Hr, 8 RBIs in 11G... Earl Smith .000 in 8G... George Watkins .373, 17 Hr, 87 RBIs in 119G... Jimmie Wilson .318, 1 Hr, 58 RBIs in 107G.

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Frankie Frisch, Second Baseman, Switch-hitter - a dedicated play-to-win ballplayer and a member of the Hall of Fame, he was traded to the Cardinals in 1927 and played with the team until he retired in 1937.

Frankie Frisch with his hustling, never-give-up style of Playing certainly played a major role in the Cardinals success of 1930... hitting 46 doubles, 9 triples, 10 homers, scored 121 runs, 114 RBIs and check this out - he struck out just 16 times in 540 at bats.

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Gus Mancuso, Catcher RH - it's been said often enough: 'No team plays winning baseball without a first-class star catcher.' And, Mancuso's handling of pitchers was legendary during this era. He played in 5 World Series with two different teams in his career that spanned 17 seasons - from 1928-1945.

For the Cardinals in 1930, Mancuso hit a torrid .388 in 72 games behind the plate, including 17 doubles and 7 home runs... and struck out only 16 times in 227 at bats.

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1930 St. Louis Cardinals Pitching Statistics:

Hi Bell 4-3, 3.90 ERA in 39G... Dizzy Dean 1-0, 1.00 ERA in 1G... Fred Frankhouse 2-3, 7.32 ERA in 8G... Al Grabowski 6-4, 4.79 ERA in 33G... Burleigh Grimes 13-6, 3.01 ERA in 22G... Hal Haid 3-2, 4.09 ERA in 20G... Jesse Haines 13-8, 4.30 ERA in 29G... Bill Hallahan 15-9, 4.66 ERA in 35G... Carmen Hill 0-1, 7.36 ERA in 4G... Syl Johnson 12-10, 4.65 ERA in 32G... Tony Kaufmann 0-1, 7.84 ERA in 2G... Jim Lindsey 7-5, 4.43 ERA in 39G... Clarence Mitchell 1-0, 6.00 ERA in 1G... Flint Rhem 12-8, 4.45 ERA in 26G... Bill Sherdel 3-2, 4.64 ERA in 13G.

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Pitchers' Bios:

Bill 'Wee Willie' Sherdel, Pitcher LH - a crafty southpaw, who threw an assortment of pitches during his 15-year major league career - 1918-1932. Sherdel rang up 10 or more wins in eight different seasons and won 21 games in 1928.

An happy-go-lucky, free spirit he usually whistled or sang to himself on the pitching mound. Sherdel helped the Cardinals win three pennants - 1926, 1928 and 1930 - and pitched in four World Series games - posting a nice 3.26 ERA even-though he had the misfortune of going 0-4.

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Flint Rhem, Pitcher RH, 6'2" 180lbs - a strong armed, fastball pitcher he broke into the majors with the Cardinals in Sept of 1924... in 1926 he tied for NL league in wins - 20-7, 3.21 ERA, completed 20 of 34 games, 258 innings.

But, the next few years Flint Rhem proved unreliable - kinda hot-and-cold... Whispers:- 'blamed booze for his problems.' In the heat of the 1930 pennant battle - mid-Sept - he was scheduled to pitch but came to the game shaky and disoriented... and claimed that he had been kidnapped by gamblers and forced to drink glass-after-glass of Prohibition whiskey at gunpoint. He said, 'the Gamblers bet heavily against the Cardinals and didn't want me to pitch for them.'

Manager Gabby Street replaced Rhem that start with 'Wild Bill' Hallahan, who had slammed his hand in a car door the day before. Hallahan responded by throwing a 1 to 0 complete game 10-inning victory for the Redbirds.

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Fred Frankhouse, Pitcher RH, - Born on 4/9/1904 in Port Royal, PA, he began his professional career with Ottawa of the Eastern Canada League and didn't make it for good in the majors until 1929, when he posted a 7-2 mark for the Cardinals.

A curveball artist, Frankhouse pitched just eight games in 1930 before St. Louis traded him for Hall of Fame mound ace Burleigh Grimes.... In his career Fred Frankhouse posted a 106-97 W/L, 3.92 ERA, and hurled 10 shutouts in 402 games.

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