1908 Baseball Season

1908 Baseball Season Highlights

The 1908 baseball season was known for great pitching, especially by Hall-of-Famers like Ed Walsh, Christy Mathewson, Addie Joss, and Cy Young. The season also produced one of the most controversial pennant races of all time. Below, you will find highlights from the 1908 baseball season:

  • Sam Crawford of Detroit becomes only player ever to be a league home run leader in both the National League and American League, as he leads the American League with seven.
  • Fred Merkle commits his famous boner, costing the Giants a crucial win in the pennant stretch.
  • The Cubs win the pennant by one game when they beat the Giants in the makeup of the Merkle game.
  • The White Sox's Ed Walsh wins 40 games, hurls 42 CGs and 464 innings.
  • The Tigers win the 1908 American League flag by a half-game, the smallest margin of victory in American League or National League history.
  • The Cubs win the 1908 World Series -- their last championship.
  • Hooks Wiltse of the Giants throws a no-hitter on Independence Day, blanking Philadelphia.
  • In July, the Giants stun the baseball world by paying $11,000 for minor leaguer Rube Marquard.
  • George Baird of Chicago invents the electric scoreboard.
  • Cleveland's Addie Joss pitches a perfect game over Chicago on Oct. 2, the first ever in a pennant race.
  • Joss is second in American League in wins (24) and has the top ERA (1.16).
  • Ty Cobb leads the American League in doubles (36) and triples (20).
  • Cobb wins his second batting crown (.324) and leads in SA (.475) and total bases (276).
  • Teammates Cobb and Crawford finish one-two in the American League in RBI (109-80), total bases (276-270), and SA (.475-.457).
  • Honus Wagner again tops the National League in BA (.354), hits (201), and steals (53).
  • Wagner leads the National League in doubles (39), triples (19), SA (.542), and total bases (308).

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