1908 Major League Baseball season

The 1908 Major League Baseball season. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Detroit Tigers 4–1 to win the World Series.

1908 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationApril 14 – October 14, 1908
Pennant Winners
AL championsDetroit Tigers
  AL runners-upCleveland Naps
NL championsChicago Cubs
  NL runners-upNew York Giants
World Series
ChampionsChicago Cubs
  Runners-upDetroit Tigers

Statistical leaders

American League National League
AVG Ty Cobb DET .324 Honus Wagner PIT .354
HR Sam Crawford DET 7 Tim Jordan BKN 12
RBI Ty Cobb DET 108 Honus Wagner PIT 109
Wins Ed Walsh CHW 40 Christy Mathewson NYG 37
ERA Addie Joss CLE 1.16   Christy Mathewson NYG 1.43  
Ks Ed Walsh CHW 269 Christy Mathewson NYG 259

Major league baseball final standings

American League final standings

American League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Detroit Tigers 90 63 .588
Cleveland Naps 90 64 .584 0.5
Chicago White Sox 88 64 .579 1.5
St. Louis Browns 83 69 .546 6.5
Boston Red Sox 75 79 .487 15.5
Philadelphia Athletics 68 85 .444 22.0
Washington Senators 67 85 .441 22.5
New York Highlanders 51 103 .331 39.5

National League final standings

National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Chicago Cubs 99 55 .643
New York Giants 98 56 .636 1.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 98 56 .636 1.0
Philadelphia Phillies 83 71 .539 16.0
Cincinnati Reds 73 81 .474 26.0
Boston Doves 63 91 .409 36.0
Brooklyn Superbas 53 101 .344 46.0
St. Louis Cardinals 49 105 .318 50.0



American League

Team Manager Comments
Boston Red Sox Deacon McGuire and Fred Lake
Chicago White Sox Fielder Jones
Cleveland Naps Nap Lajoie
Detroit Tigers Hughie Jennings
New York Highlanders Clark Griffith
Kid Elberfeld
Philadelphia Athletics Connie Mack
St. Louis Browns Jimmy McAleer
Washington Senators Joe Cantillon

National League

Team Manager Comments
Boston Doves Joe Kelley
Brooklyn Superbas Patsy Donovan
Chicago Orphans Frank Chance
Cincinnati Reds John Ganzel
New York Giants John McGraw
Philadelphia Phillies Billy Murray
Pittsburgh Pirates Fred Clarke
St. Louis Cardinals John McCloskey


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  2. ^ "Runs Scored – Season Records". baseball-almanac.com. Retrieved June 6, 2012.


  • Anderson, David W. (2000). More Than Merkle: A History of the Best and Most Exciting Baseball Season in Human History. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 0-8032-1056-6.
  • Fleming, G.H. (1981). The Unforgettable Season: The Most Exciting & Calamitous Pennant Race of All Time. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston. ISBN 0-03-056221-X.
  • Murphy, Cait. (2007). Crazy '08: How a Cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads, and Magnates Created the Greatest Year in Baseball History. New York: Harper Collins/Smithsonian Books. ISBN 0-06-088937-3.

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1908 Boston Doves season

The 1908 Boston Doves season was the 38th season of the franchise.

1908 Boston Red Sox season

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.

1908 Brooklyn Superbas season

The 1908 Brooklyn Superbas suffered through another poor season, finishing in seventh place. After the season, manager Patsy Donovan was fired. The club set a Major League record which still stands, for the fewest doubles by a team in a season, with only 110.

1908 Chicago Cubs season

The 1908 Chicago Cubs season was the 37th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 33rd in the National League and the 16th at West Side Park. It involved the Cubs winning their third consecutive National League pennant, as well as the World Series.

This team included four future Hall of Famers: manager / first baseman Frank Chance, second baseman Johnny Evers, shortstop Joe Tinker, and pitcher Mordecai Brown. In 1908, Brown finished second in the NL in wins and ERA. This would be the last World Series victory for the Cubs until the 2016 World Series.

1908 Chicago White Sox season

The 1908 season was the ninth in Chicago White Sox history and its eighth as a major league team. Owner Charles Comiskey optioned land in the summer of 1908 for what would become Comiskey Park. Despite ace pitcher Ed Walsh going an incredible 40–15 in 1908, the Sox could only muster a 3rd-place finish in the American League standings, behind Detroit and Cleveland, ultimately finishing 88–64.

1908 Cincinnati Reds season

The 1908 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The team finished fifth in the National League with a record of 73–81, 26 games behind the Chicago Cubs.

1908 Cleveland Naps season

The 1908 Cleveland Naps season was a season in American baseball. The team finished second in the American League with a record of 90–64, just one-half game behind the Detroit Tigers. The Naps finished with the same number of wins as the Tigers, but with one additional loss. By the standard of the era, that gave the Tigers the pennant.

1908 Detroit Tigers season

The 1908 Detroit Tigers season was a season in American baseball. The team won the American League championship by means of a scheduling quirk, finishing just one-half game ahead of the Cleveland Naps. The two teams won the same number of games, but the Tigers completed and lost one fewer. They then lost to the Chicago Cubs in the 1908 World Series.

1908 New York Giants season

The 1908 New York Giants season was the franchise's 26th season. The team finished in second place in the National League with a 98–56 record, one game behind the Chicago Cubs.

Paced by Turkey Mike Donlin, the offense scored the most runs in the league. Donlin led the team in nearly all batting categories and was second in batting to Honus Wagner.

Future Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson earned the pitching triple crown with 37 wins, 259 strikeouts, and a 1.43 ERA. However, he lost the last game of the season to Three Finger Brown of the Chicago Cubs, and the Giants finished one game back in the pennant race.

That one-game playoff became necessary after Giants rookie Fred Merkle failed to touch second base at the end of a previous contest, costing them a win. In addition, they were beaten by another rookie, Phillies pitcher Harry Coveleski, three times in five days late in the season. Coveleski was subsequently nicknamed "The Giant Killer".

1908 New York Highlanders season

The 1908 New York Highlanders season finished with the team in 8th place in the American League with a record of 51–103. Their home games were played at Hilltop Park.

The Highlanders finished in last place, 17 games out of seventh. It was the second-worst season in club history. Starting first baseman Hal Chase left the team in September under allegations that he was throwing games. After Clark Griffith's departure, the Highlanders lost 70 of their last 98 games under new manager Kid Elberfeld.

1908 Philadelphia Athletics season

The 1908 Philadelphia Athletics season involved the A's finishing sixth in the American League with a record of 68 wins and 85 losses.

1908 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1908 Philadelphia Phillies season was a season in Major League Baseball. The Phillies finished fourth in the National League with a record of 83 wins and 71 losses.

1908 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 1908 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 27th season for the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise. The team finished tied for second place in the National League with the New York Giants, one game behind the Chicago Cubs. The Pirates spent 46 days in first place, and were on top on October 3. However, they lost their last game to the Cubs, which set up a replay of the infamous "Merkle" game between the Cubs and the Giants. The Cubs took it to win the pennant. Pittsburgh finished tied for second place with the Giants, just one game back. It was one of the closest races in baseball history.

Shortstop Honus Wagner had one of the most dominating hitting performances of all-time. The "Flying Dutchman" led the majors in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, runs batted in, and stolen bases. He missed the triple crown by two home runs. For his efforts, Wagner was paid $5,000, possibly the most on the team.

1908 St. Louis Browns season

The 1908 St. Louis Browns season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Browns finishing 4th in the American League with a record of 83 wins and 69 losses.

1908 St. Louis Cardinals season

The 1908 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 27th season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 17th season in the National League. The Cardinals had a 49–105 win-loss record during the season and finished 8th (last) in the National League. The season's attendance of 185,377, an average of less than 2,500 a game, which remains the lowest peacetime attendance level since 1901. The Cardinals set a Major League record which stills stands for the fewest base on balls by a team in a season, with 282. Additionally, they hold the MLB record for fewest runs scored in a season with 372, only 2.42 runs per contest.

1908 Washington Senators season

The 1908 Washington Senators won 67 games, lost 85, and finished in seventh place in the American League. They were managed by Joe Cantillon and played home games at National Park.

1908 World Series

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 World Series title.

The 1908 World Series was significant for being the last World Series championship the Cubs would win until the 2016 World Series (108 years later). Before the 2016 series, 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.

Addie Joss' perfect game

On October 2, 1908, Addie Joss pitched a perfect game, the fourth in Major League Baseball history, and only the second in American League history. He threw it at League Park, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Merkle's Boner

Merkle's Boner refers to the notorious base-running mistake committed by rookie Fred Merkle of the New York Giants in a game against the Chicago Cubs on September 23, 1908. Merkle's failure to advance to second base on what should have been a game-winning hit led instead to a forceout at second and a tied game. The Cubs later won the makeup game, which proved decisive as they beat the Giants by one game to win the National League (NL) pennant for 1908. It has been described as "the most controversial game in baseball history".

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