Brown Throws Shutout….Cubs Lead Series 3-1

Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown won his second game of the 1908 World Series with a complete game 4-hit shutout. Brown was 29-9 with a 1.47 ERA in 1908. Brown threw over 312 innings and recorded 27 complete games in 31 starts and he also made 13 appearances out of Frank Chance’s bullpen that season. The Cubs RBI’s came from Solly Hofman and Harry Steinfeldt.

The Cubs scored one of their three runs on an error in the 9th inning by Ty Cobb but it was a 2-run 3rd inning that was the difference in Game Four. All 3 of the Cubs runs in Game Four came with 2 outs….

Game Four – Bennett Park, Detroit

Tuesday, October 13, 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
  • Mordecai Brown – P

Tigers Starting Lineup

  • Matty McIntyre – LF
  • Charley O’Leary – SS
  • Sam Crawford – CF
  • Ty Cobb – RF
  • Claude Rossman – 1B
  • Germany Schaefer – 2B
  • Boss Schmidt – C
  • Bill Coughlin – 3B
  • Ed Summers – P

Top of the 1st

Jimmy Sheckard grounded out to Claude Rossman at 1st base to start the game. Johnny Evers flied out to right field but Frank Schulte reached on a 2-out single to center. Schulte stole 2nd and advanced to 3rd on a single to center by Frank Chance. Chance then advanced to 2nd on a passed ball by Boss Schmidt but Harry Steinfeldt grounded out to 3rd to end the inning.

Bottom of the 1st

Mordecai Brown recorded the first two outs in the bottom of the 1st on groundouts. Matty McIntyre grounded out to Joe Tinker at short and Charley O’Leary grounded back to the mound. Sam Crawford hit a ground rule double to right and advanced to 3rd on a passed ball by Johnny Kling. Ty Cobb grounded out to Joe Tinker to end the inning.

0-0, after 1

Top of the 2nd

Solly Hofman and Joe Tinker grounded out to start the top of the 2nd inning. Johnny Kling singled to center but Ed Summers struck out Mordecai Brown to end the inning.

Bottom of the 2nd

Brown began to settle in and retired the Tigers in order in the 2nd. Rossman grounded out to 2nd, Germany Schaefer struck out and Boss Schmidt flied out to center.

0-0, after 2

Top of the 3rd

The Cubs broke through with all the runs Mordecai Brown would end up needing….and it all started with a 2-out walk to Frank Schulte. After ground outs by Sheckard and Evers to start the 3rd, Schulte walked and stole 2nd. Frank Chance walked to put runners on 1st and 2nd with 2 outs. Harry Steinfeldt then singled to left to score Schulte with the first run of the game. Solly Hofman followed with a single to right, Chance scored, Steinfeldt advanced to 3rd and Hofman to 2nd on the throw. Joe Tinker grounded out to short to end the inning.

The Cubs scored 2 runs on 2 hits with 2 walks….all with 2 outs.

Bottom of the 3rd

Brown retired the Tigers in order for the second consecutive inning. Coughlin grounded out to 3rd, Summers struck out and McIntyre grounded back to the mound to end the inning.

2-0 Cubs, after 3

Top of the 4th

Johnny Kling and Mordecai Brown started the Cubs’ 4th with groundouts to 3rd and 2nd base. Jimmy Sheckard walked with 2 outs but Evers flied out to center to end the inning.

Bottom of the 4th

Charley O’Leary led off the 4th with a single to left. Crawford followed with a single to right. With two on and no outs Ty Cobb bunted back to Mordecai Brown. Brown threw to 3rd to get the lead runner O’Leary. Brown then picked off Sam Crawford from 2nd base for the second out of the inning. Brown then finished getting out of the jam by striking out Claude Rossman to end the inning.

2-0 Cubs, after 4

Top of the 5th

Frank Schulte led off the 5th with an infield single to 2nd. Chance reached on a bunt single. Harry Steinfeldt sacrificed both runners into scoring position with a bunt to 1st. Solly Hofamn flied out to shallow left, Schulte could not tag and score. Joe Tinker grounded out to 3rd to end the inning.

Bottom of the 5th

Germany Schaefer grounded out to 2nd to start the Tigers’ 5th. Schmidt followed with a ground out to short but Brown hit Coughlin with 2 outs. Ed Summers grounded out to Frank Chance at 1st to end the inning.

2-0 Cubs, after 5

Top of the 6th

Johnny Kling singled to center to start the inning. Summers struck out Brown for the first out. Kling was then caught stealing 2nd base and Summers struck out Jimmy Sheckard to end the inning.

Bottom of the 6th

Brown faced the minimum in the 6th. McIntyre fouled out to Johnny Kling to start the inning. O’Leary followed with a single to center but Sam Crawford tapped back to the mound. Brown started a 1-6-3 double play to end the inning….Charley O’Leary’s single was the last hit in the game for the Tigers.

2-0 Cubs, after 6

Top of the 7th

Ed Summers retired the Cubs in order in the 7th. Evers struck out, Schulte tapped back to the mound and Frank Chance flied out to center.

Bottom of the 7th

Mordecai Brown struck out Ty Cobb to start the 7th. Rossman grounded out to short and Schaefer fouled out to Harry Steinfeldt at 3rd to end the inning.

2-0 Cubs, after 7

Top of the 8th

Harry Steinfeldt grounded out to 3rd to start the 8th. Hofman followed with a single to center and stole 2nd with Tinker at the plate. Tinker struck out for the second out and Johnny Kling fouled out to end the inning.

Bottom of the 8th

Brown retired the Tigers in order for the second consecutive inning. Schmidt grounded out to 2nd base and Coughlin grounded out to 3rd. Davy Jones pinch hit for Ed Summers but could not get the ball out of the infield. Jones grounded out to short to end the inning.

2-0 Cubs, after 8

Top of the 9th

George Winter took the mound for the Tigers in the 9th. Mordecai Brown popped out to short for the first out. Sheckard popped out to 2nd but Evers reached on a 2-out single to right. Evers stole 2nd and Frank Schulte walked. Frank Chance then reached on an error by Ty Cobb, Johnny Evers scored the Cubs third run of the game. With runners on 1st and 3rd and Harry Steinfeldt at the plate, Schulte was thrown out trying to steal 2nd to end the inning.

The Cubs scored 1 run on 1 hit and a Tiger error….with 2 outs.

Bottom of the 9th

Mordecai Brown completed the game by retiring the last three batters he faced….and without a ball leaving the infield. McIntrye grounded out to short, O’Leary grounded out to 3rd and Crawford grounded out to short to end the inning and the game.

Final from Game Four – Cubs 3, Tigers 0

  • WP – Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown
  • LP – Ed Summers
  • Time of Game – 1:35
  • Attendance: 12,907

Game Five Pitching match-up, Orval Overall against Bill Donovan

Sources: Baseball-Reference.com and Retrosheet.org

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