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 four games to one over the Detroit Tigers and in the process became the first back-to-back champions in World Series history.
Over the next five days the CCO will take a look back at how the Cubs won the franchise’s last championship with inning by inning recaps of all five games.
The Cubs were down 6-5 going into the ninth before scoring five runs in the top of the inning to take game one by a final of 10-6. Harry Steinfeldt, Solly Hofman, Joe Tinker and Johnny Kling each had two RBI in the first game of the 1908 World Series.
Game One – Bennett Park, Detroit – 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 First
Jimmy Sheckard doubled to right to start the game. Johnny Evers struck out. Frank Schulte grounded out to third, Sheckard advanced to third on the play. Frank Chance walked and stole second base with Harry Steinfeldt at the plate. Steinfeldt flied out to center to end the inning.
Bottom of the First
Matty McIntyre singled to right to start the inning. Ed Reulbach struck out both Charley O’Leary and Sam Crawford. McIntyre swiped second with Ty Cobb at the plate, Cobb singled to right and plated McIntyre but Frank Schulte threw Cobb out at second to end the inning.
1-0, Tigers after the first inning of the World Series
Top of the Second
Solly Hofman grounded out to second for the first out. Joe Tinker flied out to deep center for out number two. But Johnny Kling walked with two outs but Ed Reulbach hit a grounder to short, O’Leary tossed to Downs to force Kling and end the inning.
Bottom of the Second
Ed Reulbach retired the Tigers in order. Rossman grounded out to short, Schaefer flied out to center and Schmidt grounded out to Reulbach to end the inning
1-0, Tigers after two innings
Top of the Third
Sheckard hit his second double of the game to right to start the inning. Evers reached on a bunt to third, Sheckard advanced to third on the play. With runners on the corners, Schulte singled in Sheckard and tied the game. Frank Chance attempted a sacrifice bunt but Evers was forced at third. With runners on first and second and one down, Steinfeldt singled to left. Schulte scored, Chance advanced to third and on a throwing error by McIntyre, Steinfeldt advanced to second. Hofman walked to load the bases.
Ed Summers replaced Ed Killian on the mound for the Tigers.
Joe Tinker then hit a grounder to second. Downs tossed to O’Leary to forced Hofman at second. Chance scored and Steinfeldt advanced to third. With runners on first and second with two outs, Johnny Kling reached on an error by Schaefer at third, Steinfeldt scored and Tinker advanced to third on the play. Kling was caught stealing to end the inning.
The Cubs scored four runs on four hits and two errors.
Bottom of the Third
Ed Reulbach retired the Tigers in order for the second straight inning. Downs grounded out to short. Summers struck out and McIntyre fouled out to Kling to end the inning.
4-1, Cubs after three innings
Top of the Fourth
Ed Reulbach struck out to start the inning. Sheckard singled to left. Evers sacrificed him to second with a bunt back to the pitcher. Schulte flied out to left to end the inning.
Bottom of the Fourth
Ed Reulbach retired the Tigers in order for the third inning in a row. O’Leary grounded out to short. Crawford lined out to second and Ty Cobb grounded out to second.
4-1, Cubs after four innings
Top of the Fifth
Frank Chance fouled out to Schmidt to start the inning. Steinfeldt walked. Hofman grounded to short; Steinfeldt was forced at second for the second out of the inning. Joe Tinker grounded out to third to end the inning.
Bottom of the Fifth
Ed Reulbach retired the Tigers in order again, the fourth straight 1-2-3 inning. Rossman struck out, Schaefer flied out to left and Schmidt flied out to center.
4-1, Cubs after five innings
Top of the Sixth
Ed Summers retired the Cubs in order for the first time. Kling flied out to deep left. Reulbach grounded out to second and Sheckard flied out to left.
Bottom of the Sixth
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 second. Crawford grounded back to the pitcher to end the inning.
4-1, Cubs after six innings
Top of the Seventh
Johnny Evers reached on a grounder to first base to start the inning. Schulte sacrificed him to second with a bunt back to the mound. Frank Chance reached on an error by the second baseman. Evers advanced to third. With Steinfeldt at the plate, Chance stole second base. Steinfeldt hit a sacrifice fly to center that allowed Evers to tag and score from third. Hofman grounded out to the mound to end the inning.
The Cubs scored one run on one hit and an error.
Bottom of the Seventh
Ty Cobb led off the inning with a single. Rossman followed with a single to center, Cobb advanced to third and Rossman to second on the throw to third to try to get Cobb. Schmidt followed with a groundout to short, Cobb scored. Downs followed with a ground rule double to left, Rossman scored. Summers singled to left to score Downs.
Orval Overall replaced Ed Reulbach on the mound for the Cubs.
Overall hit McIntyre and put runners on first and second with two outs. O’Leary flied out to right to end the inning.
The Tigers scored three runs on four hits.
5-4, Cubs after seven innings
Top of the Eighth
Joe Tinker led off the inning with a single to right. With Johnny Kling at the plate, Tinker stole second. Kling sacrificed Tinker to third. Overall struck out for the second out of the innings and Sheckard grounded out to short to end the inning.
Bottom of the Eighth
Overall issued a leadoff walk to Crawford to start the inning, and Frank Chance went to his bullpen.
Mordecai Brown replaced Orval Overall on the mound.
Ty Cobb reached on an error by Chance at first base. Crawford advanced all the way to third on the attempted sacrifice by Cobb. Rossman followed with a single to center and gave the Tigers the lead. Crawford scored and Cobb scored on a throwing error by Johnny Evers. Rossman advanced to second on the play. Schaefer sacrificed Rossman to third but Schmidt grounded out to second and Downs flied out to center to end the inning.
The Tigers scored two runs on one hit and an error
6-5, Tigers after eight innings
Top of the Ninth
Johnny Evers grounded out to first base to start the inning. Schulte reached on an infield single to short, and Chance singled to center. With runners on first and second with one down, Steinfeldt singled to left and loaded the basest. Hofman followed with a two-run single to center and put the Cubs back in front. Schulte and Chance scored and Steinfeldt went to third on the play. Joe Tinker followed with a suicide squeeze. Steinfeldt scored, and Hofman moved to second with one down. The Cubs pulled off a double steal with Kling at the plate. Hofman stole third and Tinker swiped second. Kling singled to center and plated both Hofman and Tinker. Brown sacrificed Kling to second but Sheckard flied out to center to end the inning.
The Cubs scored five runs on six hits.
Bottom of the Ninth
Davy Jones pinch hit for Ed Summers to start the inning. Brown struck out Jones for the first out. 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 third. Mordecai Brown retired Ty Cobb on a ground out to the mound to end the game.
Final in Game One – Cubs 10, Tigers 6
- WP – Mordecai Brown
- LP – Ed Summers
- Time of Game: 2:10
- Attendance: 10,812
Game Two: Orval Overall (Cubs) vs. Bill Donovan (Tigers)