YEAR IN REVIEW : 1908 National League

Off 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.

In 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.

In 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.

Around the League...

In 1908, the original sacrifice fly rule was adopted. It stated: No "time at bat" was charged — if a run scored after the catch of a fly ball. The rule was later repealed in 1931 and went through several variations before permanent acceptance in 1954.

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".

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"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

New York
83
Pittsburgh
.354
Pittsburgh
39
Pittsburgh
201
Brooklyn
12
Pittsburgh
.415
Pittsburgh
109
New York
101
Pittsburgh
.542
Pittsburgh
53
Pittsburgh
308
Pittsburgh
19

1908 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

New York
34
New York
1.43
New York
56
New York
4
New York
11
New York
178
Chicago
.774
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

New York
494
New York
.267
Chicago
196
New York
1,339
Brooklyn
28
New York
.342
New York
652
New York
.333
Chicago
212
Pittsburgh
98

1908 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Brooklyn
118
Philadelphia
2.10
Fewest Hits Allowed
Chicago
1,137
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Philadelphia
8
Fewest Walks Allowed
New York
288
New York
18
Chicago
29
Chicago
668
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baseball almanac fast facts

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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