The year was 1908 and it was the first time the ball was dropped in New York, the first time Mother’s Day was celebrated and the last time the Cubs won the World Series. The year is embedded in the mind of every Cubs’ fan but do you know how they won their second World Championship? The Cubs won the series 4 games to 1 over the Detroit Tigers and in the process became the first Back-to-Back Champions in World Series history. While the rest of the baseball world watches the 2007 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Colorado Rockies, the CCO will take a look back at how the Cubs won their last championship with inning by inning recaps of all 5 games.
The 1908 World Series was a rematch of the 1907 series between the Cubs and the Detroit Tigers. The Cubs won the first game of the series at Bennett Park in Detroit behind a solid start by Ed Reulbach and a 2-inning win, after a blown save, by Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown. The Cubs were down 6-5 going into the 9th but scored 5 runs in the top of the inning to win Game One 10-6. Harry Steinfeldt, Solly Hofman, Joe Tinker and Johnny Kling each had 2 RBI’s….
Saturday, October 10, 1908
- Cubs Manger – Frank Chance
- Tigers Manger – Hughie Jennings
Cubs Starting Lineup
- Jimmy Sheckard – LF
- Johnny Evers – 2B
- Frank Schulte – RF
- Frank Chance – 1B
- Harry Steinfeldt – 3B
- Solly Hofman – CF
- Joe Tinker – SS
- Johnny Kling – C
- Ed Reulbach – P
Tigers Starting Lineup
- Matty McIntyre – LF
- Charley O’Leary – SS
- Sam Crawford – CF
- Ty Cobb – RF
- Claude Rossman – 1B
- Germany Schaefer – 3B
- Boss Schmidt – C
- Red Downs – 2B
- Ed Killian – P
Top of the 1st
Jimmy Sheckard doubled to right to start the game. Johnny Evers struck out. Frank Schulte grounded out to 3rd, Sheckard advanced to 3rd on the play. Frank Chance walked, then stole 2nd with Harry Steinfeldt at the plate. Steinfeldt flied out to center to end the inning.
Bottom of the 1st
Matty McIntyre singled to right to start the inning. Ed Reulbach then struck out both Charley O’Leary and Sam Crawford. McIntyre stole 2nd with Ty Cobb at the plate, Cobb then singled to right to plate McIntyre but Frank Schulte threw Cobb out at 2nd to end the inning.
1-0, Tigers after 1
Top of the 2nd
Solly Hofman grounded out to 2nd to start the inning. Joe Tinker flied out to deep center for the 2nd out. Johnny Kling walked with 2 outs but Ed Ruelbach hit a grounder to short, O’Leary tossed to Downs to force Kling and end the inning.
Bottom of the 2nd
Ed Ruelbach retired the Tigers in order. Rossman grounded out to short, Schaefer flied out to center and Schmidt grounded out to Ruelbach to end the inning.
1-0, Tigers after 2
Top of the 3rd
Sheckard hit his second double of the game to right to start the inning. Evers reached on a bunt to 3rd, Sheckard advanced to 3rd on the play. With runners on 1st and 3rd, Schulte singled to score Sheckard and tied the game. Frank Chance attempted a sacrifice bunt but Evers was forced at 3rd. With runners on 1st and 2nd, Steinfeldt singled to left. Schulte scored, Chance advanced to 3rd and on a throwing error by McIntyre, Steinfeldt advanced to 2nd. Hofman then walked to load the bases.
Ed Summers replaced Ed Killian on the mound for the Tigers.
Joe Tinker then hit a grounder to 2nd. Downs tossed to O’Leary to forced Hofman at 2nd, Chance scored and Steinfeldt advanced to 3rd. With runners on 1st and 3rd with 2 outs, Johnny Kling reached on an error by Schaefer at 3rd, Steinfeldt scored and Tinker advanced to 3rd. Kling was caught stealing to end the inning.
The Cubs scored 4 runs on 4 hits and 2 errors.
Bottom of the 3rd
Ed Ruelbach retired the Tigers in order for the 2nd straight inning. Downs grounded out to short, Summers struck out and McIntyre fouled out to Kling to end the inning.
4-1, Cubs after 3
Top of the 4th
Ed Ruelbach struck out to start the inning. Sheckard singled to left. Evers sacrificed him to 2nd with a bunt back to the pitcher Schulte flied out to left to end the inning.
Bottom of the 4th
Ed Ruelbach retired the Tigers in order for the 3rd inning in a row. O’Leary grounded out to short, Crawford lined out to 2nd and Ty Cobb grounded out to 2nd.
4-1, Cubs after 4
Top of the 5th
Frank Chance fouled out to Schmidt to start the inning. Steinfeldt walked. Hofman grounded to short, Steinfeldt was forced at 2nd for the second out of the inning. Joe Tinker grounded out to 3rd to end the inning.
Bottom of the 5th
Ed Ruelbach retired the Tigers in order again for the 4th inning in a row. Rossman struck out, Schaefer flied out to left and Schmidt flied out to center.
4-1, Cubs after 5
Top of the 6th
Ed Summers retired the Cubs in order for the first time. Kling flied out to deep left. Ruelbach grounded out to 2nd and Sheckard flied out to left.
Bottom of the 6th
Downs bunted back to the mound for the first out of the inning. Summers hit back to the mound as well for the second out. McIntyre reached on a bunt single. O’Leary singled to left, McIntyre advanced to 2nd. Crawford grounded back to the pitcher to end the inning.
4-1, Cubs after 6
Top of the 7th
Johnny Evers reached on a grounder to 1st base to start the inning. Schulte sacrificed him to 2nd with a bunt back to the mound. Frank Chance reached on an error by Downs at 2nd. Evers advanced to 3rd. With Steinfeldt at the plate, Chance stole 2nd base. Steinfeldt then hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Evers from 3rd. Hofman grounded out to the mound to end the inning.
The Cubs scored 1 run on 1 hit and an error.
Bottom of the 7th
Ty Cobb led off the inning with a single. Rossman followed with a single to center, Cobb advanced to 3rd and Rossman to 2nd on the throw to 3rd to try to get Cobb. Schmidt followed with a groundout to short, Cobb scored from 3rd. Downs followed with a ground rule double to left, Rossman scored. Summers then singled to left to score Downs.
Orval Overall replaced Ed Ruelbach on the mound for the Cubs.
Overall hit McIntyre to put runners on 1st and 2nd with 2 outs. O’Leary then flied out to right to end the inning.
The Tigers scored 3 runs on 4 hits.
5-4, Cubs after 7
Top of the 8th
Joe Tinker led off the inning with a single to right. With Johnny Kling at the plate, Tinker stole 2nd. Kling sacrificed Tinker to 3rd. Overall struck out for the second out of the inning and Sheckard grounded out to short to end the inning.
Bottom of the 8th
Overall walked Crawford to start the inning. Frank Chance went to his bullpen.
Mordecai Brown replaced Orval Overall on the mound.
Ty Cobb reached on an error by Chance at 1st base. Crawford advanced all the way to 3rd on the attempted sacrifice by Cobb. Rossman followed with a single to center to give the Tigers the lead. Crawford scored and Cobb scored on a throwing error by Johnny Evers. Rossman advanced to 2nd on the play. Schaefer sacrificed Rossman to 3rd but Schmidt grounded out to 2nd and Downs flied out to center to end the inning.
The Tigers scored 2 runs on 1 hit and an error.
6-5, Tigers after 8
Top of the 9th
Johnny Evers grounded out to 1st base to start the inning. Schulte reached on an infield single to short, Chance singled to center. With runners on 1st and 2nd and 1 out, Steinfeldt loaded the bases with a single to left. Hofman followed with a 2-run single to center to give the Cubs the lead, Schulte and Chance scored, Steinfeldt to 3rd. Joe Tinker followed with a suicide squeeze, Steinfeldt scored, Hofman to 2nd with 1 out. With Kling at the plate, Hofman stole 3rd and Tinker stole 2nd. Kling followed with a 2-run single to center. Brown sacrificed Kling to 2nd but Sheckard flied out to center to end the inning.
The Cubs scored 5 runs on 6 hits.
Bottom of the 9th
Davy Jones pinch hit for Ed Summers to start the inning, Brown struck out Jones to start the inning. McIntyre walked. Ira Thomas pinch hit for Charley O’Leary and singled to left. George Winter pinch ran for Thomas. Crawford flied out to center, McIntyre advanced to 3rd. Mordecai Brown then retired Ty Cobb on a ground out to the mound to end the game.
Final from Game One – Cubs 10, Tigers 6
- WP – Mordecai Brown
- LP – Ed Summers
- Time of Game: 2:10
- Attendance: 10,812
Game Two Pitching match-up, Oval Overall against Bill Donovan