Cubs Wib World Series Boston Post November 15, 1908

Cubs Win World Series
Boston Post
November 15, 1908


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In the background, the clouds are parting, the sun is shining, and the Church of Baseball’s bells are ringing.

Strolling down the Lane of Life to the Land of “Happily Ever After” are the World Series Winning Groom Chicago Cubs-man and his arm-in-arm bride, complete with wedding bouquet, Lady World Series herself. There is even an arrow sign that identifies the bride over her right shoulder as “World Series”.

The dog on the lower front left that the Cubs Groom guides with a leash has a pennant tied to his tail which reads “National League Championship”.

The tombstone grave on the lower front right reads as follows:

“TIGE: No Wedding Bells For Me” – and there is a tiger tail sticking out of the recently deposited grave site.

The Cubs Groom is looking down at the grave of “Tige” as he speaks these words: “He was a good fellow, but this foot slipped!”



The Boston Post went all out to celebrate the Five Game previous World Series victory by the Chicago Cubs, that one springing forth over Ty Cobb and the Detroit Tigers on November 14, 1908 – and on the road in the Motor City, as well. “Orvie Overall”, as he’s referenced in the story, went all the way for the Cubs that distant and fated afternoon, shutting out the Bengal Boys, 2-0, while striking out 10 and limiting the Detroit offense to 4 walks and 3 hits on the day. The Cubs scratched over single tallies in the tops of the 1st and 5th innings to tally all the scoring on the day – and Wild Bil Donovan went all the way for the Tigers to take the final loss. He gave up  10 hits and 3 walks on the day, while fanning 3.

Bennett Field in Detroit had few fans present to witness the last appearance of a winning Chicago Cubs team in a World Series for 108 years. The Boston paper reports that Detroit fans were so discouraged when the Tigers fell behind 3 games to 1 in Game 4 that only 6,210 hearty souls turned out to watch the deciding Game 5. Of course, figures are relative in this instance. “6,210 fans, compared to what?” should be the question. – 12,907 fans had shown up in Game 4 to see if the local Tigers could knot the Series at 2-2. When that didn’t happen, due to a 3-0 shutout of Detroit by Three Finger Brown, attendance fell by a little more than 50% for what turned out to be the Game 5 Series finale. – Now that’s a big, big drop – especially when we consider that both games were day games played during the normal work week and we remember too that there were no radio or TV coverages of baseball back in 1908. The fans who neither used nor bought tickets for Game 5 were giving up their only opportunities to see the big game.


1908 World Series: Final Game 5 Box Score ~ Courtesy of Baseball Almanac.com

Baseball Almanac Box ScoresChicago Cubs 2, Detroit Tigers 0
Chicago Cubs ab   r   h rbi
Sheckard lf 3 0 1 0
Evers 2b 4 1 3 1
Schulte rf 3 0 1 0
Chance 1b 4 0 3 1
Steinfeldt 3b 2 0 0 0
Hofman cf 4 0 0 0
Tinker ss 4 0 1 0
Kling c 3 1 0 0
Overall p 2 0 1 0
Totals 29 2 10 2
Detroit Tigers ab   r   h rbi
McIntyre lf 3 0 1 0
O’Leary ss 4 0 0 0
Crawford cf 4 0 1 0
Cobb rf 3 0 0 0
Rossman 1b 4 0 0 0
Schaefer 2b 3 0 0 0
Schmidt c 4 0 0 0
Coughlin 3b 3 0 1 0
Donovan p 2 0 0 0
Totals 30 0 3 0
Chicago 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
  Chicago Cubs IP H R ER BB SO
Overall  W (2-0) 9.0 3 0 0 4 10
  Detroit Tigers IP H R ER BB SO
Donovan  L (0-2) 9.0 10 2 2 3 3

E–None.  DP–Detroit 2.  2B–Chicago Evers (1,off Donovan), Detroit McIntyre (1,off Overall).  SH–Overall (1,off Donovan); Steinfeldt (2,off Donovan); Schulte (2,off Donovan).  CS–Steinfeldt (1,2nd base by Donovan/Schmidt); Evers (2,Home by Donovan/Schmidt); Schaefer (1,2nd base by Overall/Kling).  SB–Donovan (1,2nd base off Overall/Kling).  WP–Overall (1).  U–Jack Sheridan (AL), Hank O’Day (NL).  T–1:25.  A–6,210.

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 Bill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas


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