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1908 Baseball Season

More 1908 Baseball Season Highlights

The amazing pitching performances of the 1908 baseball season -- and the low offensive statistics that resulted -- continued until the Cubs won the World Series, which would be their last for almost 100 years and counting. See more 1908 season highlights below:

  • The Cardinals score a record-low 371 runs and finish last.
  • On Sept. 26, Ed Reulbach of the Cubs notches two shutouts in one day.
  • Christy Mathewson leads the National League in wins (37) and ERA (1.43).
  • White Sox finish third, just 1-1/2 games out, despite hitting .224 and having just three homers.
  • the Cubs' DP combo Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance is immortalized in a poem.
  • Giant Roger Bresnahan, wearing shinguards and a padded mask, catches a record 139 games.
  • The National League as a whole has a record-low .239 BA and .306 SA.
  • The song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" is first introduced to the public.
  • Ed Reulbach beats Brooklyn a record nine times.
  • In the American League, Ed Walsh beats both New York and Boston a record nine times.
  • Cy Young throws a no-hitter vs. New York on June 30.
  • Cleveland's Dusty Rhoads no-hits Boston on Sept. 18.
  • Frank Smith of the White Sox no-hits the A's on Sept. 20.
  • Nap Rucker of Brooklyn no-hits Boston on Sept. 5 and fans 14 hitters.
  • Bill Donovan pitches a two-hitter on the season's last day to beat the White Sox and give Detroit the flag.
  • Walter Johnson pitches three shutouts in a four-day period vs. New York.
  • Ed Walsh's 464 innings set a 20th-century record, breaking Jack Chesbro's old mark.
  • The A's finish sixth with only 68 wins -- but 23 of them are by shutouts.
  • White Sox Billy Sullivan's .228 SA is the lowest in American League history by a player with at least 400 at-bats.
  • The Giants' Fred Tenney hits just .256 but leads the National League in runs (101).
  • Interim manager Kid Elberfeld goes 27-71 for New York American League; the team finishes 51-103.

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