Cubs Take 2-0 Lead in Series

Game Two of the 1908 World Series shifted to the West Side Grounds in Chicago and was dominated by both starting pitchers. Orval Overall made the start for Frank Chance a day after pitching a third of an inning in relief. Hughie Jennings went with 18-game winner Bill Donovan. Both pitchers threw a complete game and kept the opposition of the bases until later innings. The Cubs broke a scoreless tie with a 6-run 8th inning and the only run Overall allowed came on a RBI single in the 9th by Ty Cobb. The Cubs won the game 6-1….

Game Two – West Side Grounds, Chicago

Sunday, October 11, 1908

  • Cubs Manger – Frank Chance
  • Tigers Manger – Hughie Jennings

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
  • Bill Donovan – P

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
  • Orval Overall – P

Top of the 1st

Orval Overall retired the Tigers in order to start the game. Matty McIntyre lined out to Joe Tinker. Charley O’Leary grounded out to Tinker at short and Sam Crawford grounded out to short to end the inning….all 3 outs in the inning were made by Joe Tinker.

Bottom of the 1st

Bill Donovan retired the Cubs in order in the bottom of the 1st. Jimmy Sheckard flied out to left, Johnny Evers flied out to center and Frank Schulte struck out to end the inning.

0-0, after 1

Top of the 2nd

Orval Overall retired the Tigers in order for the second straight inning. Ty Cobb fouled out to Johnny Kling. Rossman grounded out to 2nd base and Schaefer fouled out to Kling to end the inning.

Bottom of the 2nd

The pitcher’s duel was just warming up…. Bill Donovan retired the Cubs in order in the 2nd inning. Frank Chance grounded out to 2nd. Steinfeldt flied out to center and Hofman struck out to end the inning.

0-0, after 2

Top of the 3rd

Boss Schmidt grounded out to Overall to start the inning. Downs walked (the first baserunner of the game) and Donovan sacrificed him to 2nd with a bunt to 3rd. McIntyre struck out to end the inning.

Bottom of the 3rd

Donovan retired Joe Tinker on a groundout to 2nd to start the inning. Kling struck out for the second out, then Overall reached on an error by Donovan. Sheckard flied out to center to end the inning.

0-0, after 3

Top of the 4th

Oval Overall retired the Tigers in order for the third time in four innings. O’Leary struck out to start the inning, Crawford flied out to right and Ty Cobb grounded out to the mound to end the inning.

Bottom of the 4th

The Cubs were retired in order by Bill Donovan. Johnny Evers struck out, Frank Schulte flied out to right and Frank Chance flied out to left.

0-0, after 4

Top of the 5th

The Tigers broke up Overall’s no-hit bid. After Rossman flied out to left, Germany Schaefer recorded the Tigers first hit with a single to center. Schmidt followed with a single to right, Schaefer advanced to 2nd. Overall struck out Downs for the second out and retired Donovan on a popfly to 3rd.

Bottom of the 5th

Bill Donovan sat down the Cubs in order again. Steinfeldt struck out, Hofman grounded out to 3rd and Tinker flied out to center.

0-0, after 5

Top of the 6th

Orval Overall retired the Tigers in order once again. McIntyre struck out and both O’Leary and Crawford grounded out to Johnny Evers at 2nd base.

Bottom of the 6th

After Johnny Kling struck out, Oval Overall broke up Bill Donovan’s no hitter with a single to center but Sheckard grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning. Donovan faced just one over the minimum through 6 innings.

0-0, after 6

Top of the 7th

Ty Cobb flied out to left to start the 7th. Rossman flied out to left as well but Germany Schaefer reached on a bunt single and stole 2nd base. Schmidt grounded out to Johnny Evers to end the inning.

Bottom of the 7th

Bill Donovan continued his dominance in the 7th. He retired the Cubs again in order….Evers grounded out to 2nd base, Schulte grounded out to 1st and Frank Chance struck out.

0-0, after 7

Top of the 8th

Oval Overall took the mound in the 8th with a 3-hit shutout going. Overall continued to pitch well and retired the bottom of the Tigers lineup in order. Downs struck out, Donovan popped out to Johnny Kling and McIntyre grounded out to Evers once again.

Bottom of the 8th

As in Game One, the Cubs waited until their last at bat to put the game away. After Steinfeldt struck out, Hofman singled and scored on the first home run of the Series. Joe Tinker broke the scoreless tie with a home run to right. Johnny Kling followed with a ground rule double to left. Overall grounded back to the mound, Kling advanced to 3rd and scored on a single to center by Jimmy Sheckard. Sheckard stole 2nd with Evers at the plate and scored on a single to center by Evers. With Frank Schulte at bat, Evers stole 2nd and scored on Schulte’s triple to left center. Donovan uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Schulte to score with Frank Chance at the plate, Chance ended up working a walk. Chance stole 2nd but Harry Steinfeldt flied out to left to end the inning.

The Cubs scored 6 runs on 6 hits.

6-0, Cubs after 8

Top of the 9th

Davy Jones pinch hit for Charley O’Leary and walked to start the inning. Crawford grounded out to 2nd base, Jones advanced and scored on a single to center by Ty Cobb. Rossman grounded into a 6-3 double play to end the inning and the game.

Final from Game Two – Cubs 6, Tigers 1

  • WP – Orval Overall
  • LP – Bill Donovan
  • Time of Game – 1:30
  • Attendance: 17,760

Game Three Pitching match-up, Jack Pfiester against George Mullin

Sources: Baseball-Reference.com and Retrosheet.org

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