Year In Review : 1908 American League

O ff the field...

President Theodore Roosevelt held the "White House Conservation Conference", which later led to the establishment of the National Conservation Commission. The main purpose of the Commission was to implement new regulations for conserving the earth's natural resources by protecting its capacity for self-renewal. Particularly complex were the problems of nonrenewable energy resources such as oil and coal and other minerals that are still in great demand today.

I n the American League...

On April 14 th , Boston played their first game under the new nickname, the "Red Sox" and christened it with a 3-1 win over the Washington Senators at the Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds.

The Detroit Tigers set a unique Major League record on June 7 th after turning a triple play against the Boston Red Sox for the second day in a row.

The Washington Senators set an unwanted American League record after losing twenty-nine games by shutouts.

I n the National League...

In March, Honus Wagner announced his retirement from the Pittsburgh Pirates at the age of thirty-four. Despite the intention, he went on to play in one-hundred fifty-one games (more than in any of the past ten years) and led the league in hitting (for the sixth time), hits, total bases, doubles, triples, RBIs, and stolen bases.

On May 23 rd , New York Giants third baseman Art Devlin tied a Major League record by handling thirteen total chances during a 6-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

A round the league...

Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary (after a two-year investigation by the Mills Committee) National League president A.G. Mills declared that Abner Doubleday had indeed, invented the sport of baseball at Cooperstown, New York in 1839.

Henry Chadwick, a leading reporter, commentator, scorer, and promoter of the game, died in Brooklyn at the tender age of eighty-five. Chadwick was known as "The Father of Baseball" and is credited with developing the initial scoring and statistical systems for the game.

Singing sensation Billy Murray hit the charts with "Take Me Out to the Ball Game".

"All us Youngs could throw. I used to kill squirrels with a stone when I was a kid, and my granddad once killed a turkey buzzard on the fly with a rock." - Cy Young
1908 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Philadelphia

93

Batting Average

Detroit

.324

Doubles

Detroit

36

Hits

Detroit

188

Home Runs

Detroit

7

On Base Percentage

Boston

.394

RBI

Detroit

108

Runs

Detroit

105

Slugging Average

Detroit

.475

Stolen Bases

Chicago

47

Total Bases

Detroit

276

Triples

Detroit

20

1908 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Chicago

42

ERA

Cleveland

1.16

Games

Chicago

66

Saves

Chicago

6

Shutouts

Chicago

11

Strikeouts

Chicago

269

Winning Percentage

Chicago

.727

Wins

Chicago

40

1908 American League

Team Standings

Detroit Tigers

90 63 .588 0

Cleveland Naps

90 64 .584 ½

Chicago White Sox

88 64 .579

St. Louis Browns

83 69 .546

Boston Red Sox

75 79 .487 15½

Philadelphia Athletics

68 85 .444 22

Washington Senators

67 85 .441 22½

New York Highlanders

51 103 .331 39½

1908 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Chicago

463

Batting Average

Detroit

.263

Doubles

Detroit

199

Hits

Detroit

1,347

Home Runs

Philadelphia

21

On Base Percentage

Detroit

.312

Runs

Detroit

647

Slugging Average

Detroit

.347

Stolen Bases

New York

231

Triples

Boston

88

1908 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Detroit

119

ERA

Cleveland

2.02

Fewest Hits Allowed

St. Louis

1,151

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

St. Louis

7

Fewest Walks Allowed

Chicago

284

Saves

Chicago

10

Shutouts

Chicago

23

Philadelphia

Strikeouts

Philadelphia

741



On June 30, 1908, Cy Young tossed his third career no-hitter . He was the oldest pitcher, forty-one at the time, to hurl a gem until Nolan Ryan beat the record on June 11, 1990. That was Ryan's sixth no-hitter and he was forty-three. On May 1, 1991, Ryan pitched his seventh and final no-hitter at the record setting age of forty-four.

On October 2, 1908 , Addie Joss sat down twenty-seven consecutive batters during the second American League perfect game . Do you remember which American League pitcher tossed the first gem?

On October 5, 1908, Ed Walsh of the White Sox won his season leading fortieth game. This victory tightened the pennant race between Detroit, Cleveland, and Chicago - bringing it down to the final day.

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