1908 Season News

On April 14th, 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

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.

October 2 - In an unforgettable game involving the Cleveland Indians and The Chicago White Sox, future hall of famer Ed Walsh struck out 15 Indians and walked 1 batter and pitched a complete game, but it wasn't enough as Addie Joss also pitched a complete game, but more importantly, he pitched a perfect game, as the Indians beat the White Sox, 1-0. Cleveland center fielder Joe Birmingham scored the game's only run.

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 The rule was later repealed in 1931 and went through several variations before permanent acceptance in 1954.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.
1908 American League
Team Record GB
Detroit Tigers 90-63 -
Cleveland Naps 90-64 0.5
Chicago White Sox 88-64 1.5
St. Louis Browns 83-69 6.5
Boston Red Sox 75-79 15.5
Philadelphia Athletics 68-85 22.0
Washington Senators 67-85 22.5
New York Highlanders 51-103 39.5
1908 National League
Team Record GB
Chicago Cubs 99-55 -
New York Giants 98-56 1.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 98-56 1.0
Philadelphia Phillies 83-71 16.0
Cincinnati Reds 73-81 26.0
Boston Doves 63-91 36.0
Brooklyn Superbas 53-101 46.0
St. Louis Cardinals 49-105 56.0
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Detroit Tigers 90 63 0.588 647 4.23 547 3.58 19 12 0.263 0.307 0.347 2.40 318 553 0.953 95
Cleveland Naps 90 64 0.584 568 3.69 457 2.97 18 16 0.239 0.290 0.309 2.02 328 548 0.962 95
Chicago White Sox 88 64 0.579 537 3.53 470 3.09 3 11 0.224 0.290 0.271 2.22 284 623 0.966 82
St. Louis Browns 83 69 0.546 544 3.58 483 3.18 20 7 0.245 0.292 0.310 2.15 387 607 0.964 97
Boston Red Sox 75 79 0.487 564 3.66 513 3.33 14 18 0.245 0.286 0.312 2.28 364 624 0.954 71
Philadelphia Athletics 68 85 0.444 486 3.18 562 3.67 21 10 0.223 0.276 0.292 2.56 410 741 0.957 68
Washington Senators 67 85 0.441 479 3.15 539 3.55 8 16 0.235 0.287 0.296 2.34 348 649 0.958 89
New York Highlanders 51 103 0.331 459 2.98 713 4.63 13 26 0.236 0.277 0.292 3.16 458 585 0.947 78
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Chicago Cubs 99 55 0.643 624 4.05 461 2.99 19 20 0.249 0.306 0.321 2.14 437 668 0.969 76
New York Giants 98 56 0.636 652 4.23 456 2.96 20 26 0.267 0.333 0.332 2.14 288 656 0.961 79
Pittsburgh Pirates 98 56 0.636 585 3.80 469 3.05 25 16 0.247 0.304 0.333 2.12 406 468 0.964 74
Philadelphia Phillies 83 71 0.539 504 3.27 445 2.89 11 8 0.244 0.291 0.316 2.10 379 476 0.963 75
Cincinnati Reds 73 81 0.474 489 3.18 544 3.53 14 19 0.227 0.282 0.294 2.37 415 433 0.959 72
Boston Doves 63 91 0.409 537 3.49 622 4.04 17 29 0.239 0.296 0.293 2.79 423 416 0.962 90
Brooklyn Superbas 53 101 0.344 377 2.45 516 3.35 28 17 0.213 0.262 0.277 2.47 444 535 0.961 66
St. Louis Cardinals 49 105 0.318 371 2.41 626 4.06 17 16 0.223 0.265 0.283 2.64 430 528 0.946 68