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1908 St. Louis Cardinals season

1908 St. Louis Cardinals
Major League affiliations
Location
  • League Park (since 1893)
  • St. Louis, Missouri (since 1882)
  • Results
    Record 49–105 (.318)
    League place 8th
    Other information
    Owner(s) Frank Robison and Stanley Robison
    Manager(s) John McCloskey
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    The 1908 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 27th season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 17th season in the National League. The Cardinals had a 49–105 win-loss record during the season and finished 8th (last) in the National League. The season's attendance of 185,377, an average of less than 2,500 a game, which remains the lowest peace-time attendance level since 1901. The Cardinals set a Major League record which stills stands for the fewest base on balls by a team in a season, with 282.[1]

    Regular season

    Season summary

    The Cardinals ranked last in three categories in the National League: runs scored (only 371), runs allowed (626), and errors committed (348).[2] The team was shut out a record 33 times. Three lineup regulars batted below .200. Only three drove in more than 20 runs, and the team lost more than 100 games for the second and last time in franchise history. The Cards set a club record with 105 losses and a league record for most defeats in a month when they went 7–27 in September (Brooklyn went 6–27 that same month[3]).

    One team member, Bugs Raymond, ranked among the league leaders in fewest hits per nine innings, resulting in a 2.03 ERA. However, the Cardinals were shut out 11 times on days Raymond took the hill, leading to his league-high 25 losses. His 15 wins accounted for almost a third of the team's wins. Of note, he gave up fewer hits per game than Christy Mathewson, and threw five shutouts.[4]

    In April 1908, the Cardinals played the St. Louis Browns in an exhibition game to raise money for former Cardinals owner Chris von der Ahe. The clubs raised $4,300.[5]

    Season standings

    Template:MLB standings


    Roster

    1908 St. Louis Cardinals
    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
    C Ludwig, BillBill Ludwig 66 187 34 .182 0 4

    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
    Bliss, JackJack Bliss 44 136 29 .213 1 5
    Marshall, DocDoc Marshall 6 14 1 .071 0 1

    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
    Raymond, BugsBugs Raymond 48 324.1 15 25 2.03 145
    Baldwin, O. F.O. F. Baldwin 4 14.2 1 3 6.14 5

    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
    Beebe, FredFred Beebe 29 174.1 5 13 2.63 72

    Relief pitchers

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

    Player G W L SV ERA SO

    References

    1. "Single Season Bases on Balls Records". Baseball-Almanac.com. Retrieved May 14, 2012. 
    2. Crazy ’08: How a cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads and Magnates created the Greatest Year in Baseball History, p. 160, by Cait Murphy, Smithsonian Books, a Division of Harper Collins, 2007, ISBN 978-0-06-088937-1
    3. 1908 Brooklyn Superbas at Baseball Reference
    4. Crazy ’08, p. 166
    5. Crazy ’08, p. 164

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