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1908 World Series
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The 1908 World Series matched the defending champion Chicago Cubs against the Detroit Tigers in a rematch of the 1907 Series. In this first-ever rematch of this young event, the Cubs won in 5 games for their second consecutive title.
The 1908 World Series is significant for being the last World Championship for the Chicago Cubs to date. The Cubs have go on to appear in the World Series in 1910, 1918, 1929, 1932, 1935, 1938, and 1945, losing the Series all seven times. The Cubs had one of baseball's most dominant teams in the early 1900s, but unbeknownst to their fans in 1908 (the year "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" debuted) this would be the team's last title of the century.
1908 was the year of the infamous "Merkle Boner" play that allowed the Cubs to reach the World Series after beating the New York Giants in a one-game "playoff", actually the makeup game for the tie that the Merkle play had caused.
The Series was anti-climactic after tight pennant races in both leagues. Ty Cobb had a much better Series than in 1907, as did the rest of his team. The final two games, in Detroit, were shutouts. This was also the most poorly attended Series in history, with the final game drawing a record-low 6,210 fans. Attendance in Chicago was harmed by a ticket-scalping scheme that fans accused the club's owner of participating in, and the Series was boycotted to some degree.
For the first time, four umpires were used in the series, in alternating two-man teams.
|1||Cubs - 10, Tigers - 6||October 10||Bennett Park||10,812|
|2||Tigers - 1, Cubs - 6||October 11||West Side Park||17,760|
|3||Tigers - 8, Cubs - 3||October 12||West Side Park||14,543|
|4||Cubs - 3, Tigers - 0||October 13||Bennett Park||12,907|
|5||Cubs - 2, Tigers - 0||October 14||Bennett Park||6,210|
 Game 1
|W: Mordecai Brown (1-0) L: Ed Summers (0-1)|
 Game 2
|W: Orval Overall (1-0) L: Bill Donovan (0-1)|
|HR: CHC – Joe Tinker (1)|
 Game 3
|W: George Mullin (1-0) L: Jack Pfiester (0-1)|
 Game 4
|W: Mordecai Brown (2-0) L: Ed Summers (0-2)|
 Game 5
|W: Orval Overall (2-0) L: Bill Donovan (0-2)|
The attendance during Game 5 (6,210) was the smallest World Series crowd in history.
Boss Schmidt, who made the last out of the 1907 Series with a pop-up to shortstop, also made the last out of this series by grounding out catcher to first.
 Composite Box
|Total Attendance: 62,232 Average Attendance: 12,446|
|Winning Player’s Share: – $1,318 Losing Player’s Share – $870|
 Further Reading
- G.H. Fleming: The Unforgettable Season, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE, 2006 (originally published in 1981). ISBN 0803269226
- George R. Matthews: When the Cubs Won It All: The 1908 Championship Season, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2009.
- Cait Murphy: Crazy '08: How a cast of cranks, rogues, boneheads and magnates created the greatest year in baseball history, Smithsonian Books, Washington, DC, 2007.
- Bruce A. Rubenstein: Chicago in the World Series, 1903-2005: The Cubs and White Sox in Championship Play, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2006.
 Related Sites
|Modern Major League Baseball World Series
Pre-1903 Postseason Series