Mordecai ‘Three Finger’ Brown won his second game of the 1908 World Series with a complete game four-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 scored one of their three runs on a ninth inning error by Ty Cobb but it was a two-run third inning that was the difference in game four of the 1908 World Series.
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 First
Jimmy Sheckard grounded out to Claude Rossman at first base to start the game. Johnny Evers flied out to right field but Frank Schulte reached on a two-out single to center. Schulte stole second and advanced to third on a single to center by Frank Chance. Chance advanced to second on a passed ball by Boss Schmidt but Harry Steinfeldt grounded out to third to end the inning.
Bottom of the First
Mordecai Brown recorded the first two outs in the bottom of the first 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 third on a passed ball by Johnny Kling. Ty Cobb grounded out to Joe Tinker to end the inning.
0-0, after the first inning in game four of the 1908 World Series
Top of the Second
Solly Hofman and Joe Tinker grounded out to start the top of the second inning. Johnny Kling singled to center but Ed Summers struck out Mordecai Brown to end the inning.
Bottom of the Second
Brown started settling in and he retired the Tigers in order in the second. Rossman grounded out to second, Germany Schaefer struck out and Boss Schmidt flied out to center.
0-0, after two innings
Top of the Third
The Cubs broke through with all the runs Mordecai Brown would end up needing … and it all started with a two-out walk to Frank Schulte. After ground outs by Sheckard and Evers started the inning, Schulte walked and stole second. Frank Chance walked and put runners on first and second with two outs. Harry Steinfeldt singled to left. Schulte scored the first run of the game. Solly Hofman followed with a single to right, Chance scored, Steinfeldt advanced to third and Hofman to second on the throw. Joe Tinker grounded out to short to end the inning.
The Cubs scored two runs on two hits with two walks … all with two outs.
Bottom of the Third
Brown retired the Tigers in order for the second consecutive inning. Coughlin grounded out to third. Summers struck out and McIntyre grounded back to the mound to end the inning.
2-0 Cubs, after three innings
Top of the Fourth
Johnny Kling and Mordecai Brown started the Cubs’ fourth with groundouts to third and second base. Jimmy Sheckard walked with two outs but Johnny Evers flied out to center to end the inning.
Bottom of the Fourth
Charley O’Leary led off the fourth 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 third to get the lead runner O’Leary. Brown picked off Sam Crawford from second base for the second out of the inning. Brown finished getting out of the jam by striking out Claude Rossman to end the inning.
2-0 Cubs, after four innings
Top of the Fifth
Frank Schulte led off the fifth with an infield single to second. Chance reached on a bunt single. Harry Steinfeldt sacrificed both runners into scoring position with a bunt toward first. Solly Hofman flied out to shallow left, Schulte could not tag and score. Joe Tinker grounded out to third to end the inning.
Bottom of the Fifth
Germany Schaefer grounded out to second to start the Tigers’ fifth inning. Schmidt followed with a ground out to short but Brown hit Coughlin with two outs. Ed Summers grounded out to Frank Chance at first to end the inning.
2-0 Cubs, after five innings
Top of the Sixth
Johnny Kling singled to center to start the inning. Summers struck out Brown for the first out. Kling was caught stealing second base and Summers struck out Jimmy Sheckard to end the inning.
Bottom of the Sixth
Brown faced the minimum in the Sixth. 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 six innings
Top of the Seventh
Ed Summers retired the Cubs in order in the seventh. Evers struck out, Schulte tapped back to the mound and Frank Chance flied out to center.
Bottom of the Seventh
Mordecai Brown struck out Ty Cobb to start the seventh. Rossman grounded out to short and Schaefer fouled out to Harry Steinfeldt at third to end the inning.
2-0 Cubs, after seven innings
Top of the Eighth
Harry Steinfeldt grounded out to third to start the inning. Hofman followed with a single to center and stole second with Tinker at the plate. Tinker struck out for the second out and Johnny Kling fouled out to end the inning.
Bottom of the Eighth
Brown retired the Tigers in order for the second consecutive inning. Schmidt grounded out to second base and Coughlin grounded out to third. 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 eight innings
Top of the Ninth
George Winter took the mound for the Tigers in the ninth. Mordecai Brown popped out to short for the first out. Sheckard popped out to second but Evers reached on a two-out single to right. Evers stole second and Frank Schulte walked. Frank Chance reached on an error by Ty Cobb. Johnny Evers scored the Cubs third run of the game. With runners on the corners and Harry Steinfeldt at the plate, Schulte was thrown out trying to steal second base to end the inning.
Bottom of the Ninth
Mordecai Brown completed the game by retiring the last three batters he faced … and without a ball leaving the infield. McIntyre grounded out to short, O’Leary grounded out to third and Crawford grounded out to short to end the inning and the game.
Final in Game Four – Cubs 3, Tigers 0
- WP – Mordecai Brown
- LP – Ed Summers
- Time of Game – 1:35
- Attendance: 12,907
Game Five: Orval Overall (Cubs) vs. Bill Donovan (Tigers)