Overall Shuts Out Tigers….Cubs Win Series

The Chicago Cubs became the first back-to-back World Series Champions after Oval Overall won his second game of the series. Overall threw a 3-hit complete game shutout and a 1st inning RBI Frank Chance would prove to be the difference in the game. Overall worked around 4 walks and a wild pitch by striking out 10 and finished the 1908 World Series with a 0.98 ERA. Johnny Evers was 3-for-4 in Game 5. Evers was responsible for both of he Cubs runs in the game, he scored one and drove in the other with a 2-out double.

There were only 6,210 fans in attendance at Bennett Park when the Cubs won their last World Series, the lowest attended World Series game in history. Frank Chance was 3-for-4 in the final game and finished the series with a .421 batting average. There was only one home run hit in the 5 games, a 2-run homer in Game Two by Joe Tinker. The Cubs won Game 5, 2-0, in a game that lasted one hour and twenty-five minutes….

Game Five – Bennett Park, Detroit

Wednesday, October 14, 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
  • Orval Overall – 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
  • Bill Donovan – P

Top of the 1st

The Cubs did not waste any time against Bill Donovan in the 1st inning. After Jimmy Sheckard popped out to 2nd base, Johnny Evers singled to center. Frank Schulte singled to right. Frank Chance followed with a single to center, Johnny Evers scored the first run of the game. Harry Steinfeldt then flied out to center. With runners on 1st and 2nd and 2 outs, Solly Hofman hit a grounder to 3rd, Bill Coughlin stepped on the base to end the inning.

The Cubs scored 1 run on 3 hits.

Bottom of the 1st

Orval Overall walked Matty McIntyre to start the bottom of the 1st inning. Charley O’Leary struck out but Sam Crawford singled to center. Overall struck out Ty Cobb for the second out and Claude Rossman struck out but the pitch got away from Johnny Kling, Rossman reached to load the bases. Overall struck out his fourth batter of the inning, Germany Schaefer, to end the inning.

1-0 Cubs, after 1

Top of the 2nd

After allowing a run in the 1st inning, Bill Donovan settled down and retired the Cubs in order in the 2nd inning without a ball leaving the infield. Joe Tinker grounded out to 3rd, Kling fouled out to Boss Schmidt and Overall grounded out to 1st base.

Bottom of the 2nd

Overall struck out Schmidt to start the 2nd inning. Coughlin grounded out to short for the second out but Overall walked the pitcher, Donovan, with 2 outs. Donovan then stole 2nd base but McIntyre flied out to center to end the inning.

1-0 Cubs, after 2

Top of the 3rd

Bill Donovan retired the Cubs in order for the second inning in a row. Sheckard popped out to 1st base, Evers popped out to short and Schulte flied out to left.

Bottom of the 3rd

Orval Overall retired the Tigers in order for the first time. O’Leary grounded out to 3rd, Crawford grounded out to 2nd and Ty Cobb flied out to left.

1-0 Cubs, after 3

Top of the 4th

Frank Chance started the 4th by flying out to right. Donovan walked Steinfeldt but Boss Schmidt threw out Steinfeldt trying to steal 2nd. Donovan then struck out Hofman to end the inning.

Bottom of the 4th

Overall struck out Claude Rossman for the first out of the inning. Germany Schaefer then walked but Schmidt struck out and Johnny Kling threw out Schaefer trying to steal 2nd to end the inning.

1-0 Cubs, after 4

Top of the 5th

The Cubs scored the last run of the 1908 World Series in the 5th inning. Joe Tinker popped out to short to start the inning but Johnny Kling worked a walk. Overall sacrificed Kling to 2nd. Donovan then walked Sheckard to put runners on 1st and 2nd with 2 outs for Johnny Evers. Evers then doubled to center, Kling scored and Jimmy Sheckard advanced to 3rd. Frank Schulte grounded out to short to end the inning.

The Cubs scored 1 run on 1 hit with 2 walks.

Bottom of the 5th

Overall gave up a lead off single to left by Bill Coughlin to start the inning. Donovan struck out but McIntyre doubled to right. With the tying runs in scoring position Charley O’Leary flied out to shallow center, the runners did not tag. Overall then struck out Sam Crawford to end the threat and the inning….the double by McIntyre was the last hit given up by Orval Overall.

2-0 Cubs, after 5

Top of the 6th

Frank Chance reached on a bunt single to start the 6th. Steinfeldt sacrificed Chance to 2nd but Hofman flied out to left and Tinker lined out to center to end the inning.

Bottom of the 6th

Ty Cobb led off the 6th with a walk. Rossman hit a grounder to Joe Tinker, he threw to Johnny Evers to force Cobb at 2nd base. Overall then struck out Germany Schaefer and retired Boss Schmidt on a pop up to Johnny Evers to end the inning.

2-0 Cubs, after 6

Top of the 7th

Johnny Kling flied out to center to start the 7th. Overall reached on a single to center. Jimmy Sheckard then hit a ball between 1st and 2nd that hit Overall for the second out of the inning. With Johnny Evers at the plate, Donovan picked off Sheckard at 1st base to end the inning.

Bottom of the 7th

Orval Overall retired the Tigers in order for the second time in the game. Coughlin grounded out to 3rd and Bill Donovan grounded out to short. Matty McIntyre flied out to left to end the inning.

2-0 Cubs, after 7

Top of the 8th

Johnny Evers reached on an infield single to 1st base. Frank Schulte (the number three hitter in Frank Chances’ lineup) sacrificed Evers to 2nd. Chance followed with a single to left, Evers advanced to 3rd. Harry Steinfeldt then struck out and Johnny Evers was tagged out trying to steal home to end the inning.

Bottom of the 8th

Overall was in total control by the 8th inning, he retired the Tigers in order for the second consecutive inning. Charley O’Leary popped out to Frank Chance, Crawford grounded out to 2nd and Ty Cobb, in his last at bat of the series, grounded out to short to end the inning….Tinker, Evers and Chance made all three outs.

2-0 Cubs, after 8

Top of the 9th

Solly Hofman struck out to start what would end up being the last inning of the Cubs’ 1908 season. Joe Tinker singled to right but Johnny Kling grounded into a double play to end the inning. Kling actually grounded out to short and Tinker was thrown out at 3rd to end the inning.

Bottom of the 9th

Orval Overall retired the Tigers in order to end the inning and the game without a ball leaving the infield. Claude Rossman grounded out to 2nd, Germany Schaefer grounded out to 3rd and Boss Schmidt tapped out in front of home plate for the last out. Johnny Kling threw to Frank Chance to give the Cubs the Championship….wonder where that ball is today?

Final from Game Five – Cubs 2, Tigers 0

  • WP – Orval Overall
  • LP – Bill Donovan
  • Time of Game – 1:25
  • Attendance: 6,210

The 1908 World Champions

Sources: Baseball-Reference.com and Retrosheet.org

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