By George R. Matthews
Within the fall of 1908, nobody can have guessed that the Chicago Cubs, a staff that had ruled the nationwide league 3 immediately years, could for a century be close out in its efforts to reclaim the realm championship. Stars like Frank likelihood, Ed Reulbach, and 3 Finger Brown have been nonetheless of their major, and the Cubs had simply emerged the winner within the so much awesome pennant race in historical past. within the many years when you consider that, the success of the 1908 Cubs has been overshadowed first through the occasions of the season, which incorporated the Merkle online game and a playoff that pitted all-time nice pitchers opposed to one another, and extra lately by way of the calendar, because the centennial anniversary of the final Cubs championship closed in. This booklet rescues the 1908 workforce from its prestige as footnote to baseball historical past, following one of many all-time nice golf equipment on an exciting, season-long march towards the area sequence.
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54 Winter had returned to Chicago, and baseball waited. The lull gave Murphy, always scheming to increase attendance, time to think up a new attraction. “Father of Baseball” Henry Chadwick had admonished Albert Spalding in his will to fulﬁll a pledge: “I remind Albert G. ” Spalding had asked for donations. Murphy decided to place donation boxes in the stands and asked Chicago baseball bugs to contribute to the memory of Henry Chadwick by dropping their Indian-head pennies in a box: the Father Chadwick Penny Memorial Fund.
But, the next game against the Reds, on Thursday, thrilled the attending bugs. In a well-played game, both teams exhibited outstanding defense and pitching, the Cubs managing to squeak by the Reds, 2 to 1. The fast-paced thriller concluded in one hour and twenty-ﬁve minutes. Both pitchers, Bob Ewing for the Reds and Orval Overall for the Cubs, pitched well. The Reds scored their only run in the ﬁrst inning after Miller Huggins walked, was sacriﬁced to second, advanced to third on a sacriﬁce ﬂy, and scored on a sharp single to right by John Ganzel.
In the fourth inning of Sunday’s game, Kling swatted a home run, compelling the police to hold up warning ﬁngers to subdue the more than 5,000 spectators. 66 Monday dawned a beautiful spring day in Dayton for the last practice game. Inspired by the delightful weather, Chance called a special morning practice, and the Cubs, feeling frisky after so many rainy days in hotel rooms, frolicked around the diamond for a few hours prior to their afternoon contest. Francois Earl de Montmorency Yingling, a talented nineteen-year-old southpaw for the Veterans, pitched a complete game against the Cubs.