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1908 Detroit Tigers season

1908 Detroit Tigers
1908 American League Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Bennett Park (since 1896)
  • Detroit, Michigan (since 1894)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Frank Navin
    Manager(s) Hughie Jennings
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    The 1908 Detroit Tigers season was a season in American baseball. The team won the American League championship by means of a scheduling quirk, finishing just one-half game ahead of the Cleveland Naps. The two teams won the same number of games, but the Tigers completed and lost one fewer. They then lost to the Chicago Cubs in the 1908 World Series.

    Regular season

    The early part of the season was defined in part by Ty Cobb's contract dispute with the team. He claimed that the owners have too much power. Eventually Cobb settled for a $4,800 contract.[1] After opening day, the Tigers averaged only 4,400 fans per game.

    Season standings

    Template:MLB standings


    Roster

    1908 Detroit Tigers
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders Manager

    Player stats

    Batting

    Starters by position

    Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    OF Crawford, SamSam Crawford 152 591 184 .311 7 80
    OF McIntyre, MattyMatty McIntyre 151 569 168 .295 0 28
    OF Cobb, TyTy Cobb 150 581 188 .324 4 108

    Other batters

    Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    O'Leary, CharleyCharley O'Leary 65 211 53 .251 0 17
    Jones, DavyDavy Jones 56 121 25 .207 0 10
    Bush, DonieDonie Bush 20 68 20 .290 0 4
    Perry, ClayClay Perry 7 17 2 .118 0 0

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Summers, EdEd Summers 40 301 24 12 1.64 103
    Mullin, GeorgeGeorge Mullin 39 290.2 17 13 3.10 121
    Donovan, BillBill Donovan 29 242.2 18 7 2.08 141
    Willett, EdEd Willett 30 197.1 15 8 2.28 77
    Killian, EdEd Killian 27 180.2 12 9 2.99 47
    Siever, EdEd Siever 11 61.2 2 6 3.50 23
    Winter, GeorgeGeorge Winter 7 56.1 1 5 1.60 25

    Other pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Suggs, GeorgeGeorge Suggs 6 27 1 1 1.67 8
    Malloy, HermHerm Malloy 3 17 0 2 3.71 8

    1908 World Series

    Main article: 1908 World Series

    Game 1

    October 10, 1908 at Bennett Park in Detroit, Michigan

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Chicago (NL) 0 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 10 14 2
    Detroit (AL) 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 6 10 3
    W: Mordecai Brown (1–0)  L: Ed Summers (0–1)

    Game 2

    October 11, 1908 at West Side Park in Chicago, Illinois

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Detroit (AL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 1
    Chicago (NL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 x 6 7 0
    W: Orval Overall (1–0)  L: Bill Donovan (0–1)
    HR: CHCJoe Tinker (1)

    Game 3

    October 12, 1908 at West Side Park in Chicago, Illinois

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Detroit (AL) 1 0 0 0 0 5 0 2 0 8 12 4
    Chicago (NL) 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 0
    W: George Mullin (1–0)  L: Jack Pfiester (0–1)

    Game 4

    October 13, 1908 at Bennett Park in Detroit, Michigan

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Chicago (NL) 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 10 0
    Detroit (AL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
    W: Mordecai Brown (2–0)  L: Ed Summers (0–2)

    Game 5

    October 14, 1908 at Bennett Park in Detroit, Michigan

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Chicago (NL) 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 10 0
    Detroit 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
    W: Orval Overall (2–0)  L: Bill Donovan (0–2)

    Notes

    1. ^ Crazy ’08: How a cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads and Magnates created the Greatest Year in Baseball History, p. 71, by Cait Murphy, Smithsonian Books, a Division of Harper Collins, 2007, ISBN 978-0-06-088937-1

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