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 the later innings.
The Cubs broke a scoreless tie with a six-run eighth inning and the only run Overall allowed came on a Ty Cobb single in the ninth. 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
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 three outs in the inning were made by Joe Tinker.
Bottom of the First
Bill Donovan retired the Cubs in order. Jimmy Sheckard flied out to left, Johnny Evers flied out to center and Frank Schulte struck out to end the inning.
0-0, after the first inning in game two of the 1908 World Series
Top of the Second
Orval Overall retired the Tigers in order for the second straight inning. Ty Cobb fouled out to Johnny Kling. Rossman grounded out to second and Schaefer fouled out to Kling to end the inning.
Bottom of the Second
The pitcher’s duel was just getting started … Bill Donovan retired the Cubs in order in the second inning. Frank Chance grounded out to second. Steinfeldt flied out to center and Hofman struck out to end the inning.
0-0, after two innings
Top of the Third
Boss Schmidt grounded out to Overall to start the inning. Downs walked (the first baserunner of the game) and Donovan sacrificed him to second with a bunt to third. McIntyre struck out to end the inning.
Bottom of the Third
Donovan retired Joe Tinker on a groundout to second to start the inning. Kling struck out for the second out. Overall reached on an error by Donovan. Sheckard flied out to center to end the inning.
0-0, after three innings
Top of the Fourth
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 Fourth
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 four innings
Top of the Fifth
The Tigers broke up Overall’s no-hit bid. After Rossman flied out to left, Germany Schaefer notched the Tigers first hit with a single to center. Schmidt followed with a single to right, Schaefer advanced to second. Overall struck out Downs for the second out and retired Donovan on a pop fly to third to end the inning.
Bottom of the Fifth
Bill Donovan sat down the Cubs in order again. Steinfeldt struck out, Hofman grounded out to third and Tinker flied out to center.
0-0, after five innings
Top of the Sixth
Orval Overall retired the Tigers in order once again. McIntyre struck out and both O’Leary and Crawford grounded out to Johnny Evers at second base.
Bottom of the Sixth
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 six innings.
0-0, after six innings
Top of the Seventh
Ty Cobb flied out to left to start the inning. Rossman flied out to left as well but Germany Schaefer reached on a bunt single and stole second base. Schmidt grounded out to Johnny Evers to end the inning.
Bottom of the Seventh
Bill Donovan continued his dominance in the seventh He retired the Cubs again in order … Evers grounded out to second, Schulte grounded out to first and Frank Chance struck out.
0-0, after seven innings
Top of the Eighth
Oval Overall took the mound in the eighth with a three-hit shutout going. Overall continued pitching 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 Eighth
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 third and scored on a single to center by Jimmy Sheckard. Sheckard swiped second with Evers at the plate and scored on a single to center by Evers. With Frank Schulte at bat, Evers stole second and scored on a triple to left center by Frank Schulte. Donovan uncorked a wild pitch with Chance at the dish that allowed Schulte to score. Chance ended up working a walk. Chance stole second but Harry Steinfeldt flied out to left to end the inning.
The Cubs scored six runs on six hits.
6-0, Cubs after eight innings
Top of the Ninth
Davy Jones pinch hit for Charley O’Leary and walked to start the inning. Crawford grounded out to second 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 in Game Two – Cubs 6, Tigers 1
- WP – Orval Overall
- LP – Bill Donovan
- Time of Game – 1:30
- Attendance: 17,760
Game Three: Jack Pfiester (Cubs) vs. George Mullin (Tigers)