Year In Review : 1908 National 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".

"The first scheme for playing Baseball, according to the best evidence to date, was devised by Abner Doubleday at Cooperstown, N.Y. in 1839." - The Mills Commission
1908 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

New York

83

Batting Average

Pittsburgh

.354

Doubles

Pittsburgh

39

Hits

Pittsburgh

201

Home Runs

Brooklyn

12

On Base Percentage

Pittsburgh

.415

RBI

Pittsburgh

109

Runs

New York

101

Slugging Average

Pittsburgh

.542

Stolen Bases

Pittsburgh

53

Total Bases

Pittsburgh

308

Triples

Pittsburgh

19

1908 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

New York

34

ERA

New York

1.43

Games

New York

56

Saves

New York

4

Shutouts

New York

11

Strikeouts

New York

178

Winning Percentage

Chicago

.774

Wins

New York

37

1908 National League

Team Standings

Chicago Cubs

99 55 .643 0

Pittsburgh Pirates

98 56 .636 1

New York Giants

98 56 .636 1

Philadelphia Phillies

83 71 .539 16

Cincinnati Reds

73 81 .474 26

Boston Doves

63 91 .409 36

Brooklyn Superbas

53 101 .344 46

St. Louis Cardinals

49 105 .318 50

1908 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

New York

494

Batting Average

New York

.267

Doubles

Chicago

196

Hits

New York

1,339

Home Runs

Brooklyn

28

On Base Percentage

New York

.342

Runs

New York

652

Slugging Average

New York

.333

Stolen Bases

Chicago

212

Triples

Pittsburgh

98

1908 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Brooklyn

118

ERA

Philadelphia

2.10

Fewest Hits Allowed

Chicago

1,137

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Philadelphia

8

Fewest Walks Allowed

New York

288

Saves

New York

18

Shutouts

Chicago

29

Strikeouts

Chicago

668



During 1839, the year mentioned in the quote at the top of the page, Abner Doubleday was a cadet at West Point. Author Wells Twombly once wrote, "The Doubleday diaries suggest that instead of going home to Cooperstown, New York, in the summer of 1839, he stayed on duty at West Point."

The Merkle Boner : a term often spoken and still regarded as one of the most controversial plays in Major League history. Read the book review and examine the box score to see if you agree.

On July 4, 1908, Hooks Wiltse of New York missed a perfect game , but still tossed a no-hitter , when he hit the twenty-seventh batter with a pitch.

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