1908 World Series

The 1908 World Series matched the defending champion Chicago Cubs against the Detroit Tigers in a rematch of the 1907 Series.

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Detroit Tigers

American professional baseball team based in Detroit.

1900 Detroit Tigers team photo
Logo (1901 to 1902)
Ty Cobb in 1913
1908 World Series program
Hank Greenberg
Hal Newhouser
Hall of Fame member Al Kaline, nicknamed "Mr. Tiger" (1953–1974), was an 18× All-Star
1968 World Series program and tickets for Games 4 and 5 at Tiger Stadium
Mickey Lolich was the 1968 World Series MVP
Willie Horton (1963–1977) had his No. 23 retired by the club
Mark "The Bird" Fidrych, 1976 AL Rookie of the Year
Sparky Anderson was the manager of the Tigers from 1979 to 1995
Kirk Gibson, a Michigan State alumni, hit the clinching home run in Game 5 of the 1984 World Series
1984 World Series MVP, Alan Trammell (SS)
Cecil Fielder in 1996
The entrance sign of Comerica Park
Magglio Ordóñez hit a walk-off home run to clinch the 2006 AL pennant
Curtis Granderson in 2007
Justin Verlander, June 2008
Alex Avila, March 2010
In 2012, Miguel Cabrera became the first Major League player to win the Triple Crown in 45 years.
Delmon Young (left) and Prince Fielder (right) in 2012
Jim Leyland, manager from 2006 to 2013
Tiger Stadium, home of the Detroit Tigers from 1912 to 1999 at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull Avenues in the Corktown district of Detroit
Tigers opening day 2007; view from section 324 at Comerica Park
Outfielder Ron LeFlore wearing the traditional Tigers home uniform with navy blue piping down the front and an Old English "D" on the left chest
Mickey Cochrane
Sam Crawford
Charlie Gehringer
Harry Heilmann
George Kell
Lou Whitaker
Ernie Harwell (Tigers broadcaster: 1960–2002)

The Cubs, however, would defeat the Tigers again in the 1908 World Series, this time in five games.

Chicago Cubs

American professional baseball team based in Chicago.

The 1876 White Stockings won the NL championship.
The 1906 Cubs won a record 116 of 154 games. They then won back-to-back World Series titles in 1907–08.
1913 Chicago Cubs
Hall of Famer Hack Wilson
Club logo (1927–1936)
Cubs logo (1941–1945)
A sports-related curse that was supposedly placed on the Chicago Cubs by Billy Goat Tavern owner William Sianis during Game 4 of the 1945 World Series.
Ernie Banks ("Mr. Cub")
Ryne Sandberg set numerous league and club records in his career and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2005.
Andre Dawson, 5× All-Star and 1987 NL MVP during tenure in Chicago
Sammy Sosa was the captain of the Chicago Cubs during his tenure with the team.
Kerry Wood, along with Mark Prior, led the Cubs' rotation in 2003.
Dempster emerged in 2004 and became the Cubs' regular closer.
Alfonso Soriano signed with the club in 2007.
Carlos Zambrano warming up before a game
Starlin Castro during his 2010 rookie season
One of two Cubs building blocks, Anthony Rizzo, swinging in the box
The Cubs celebrate after winning the 2016 World Series.
2016 Champions visit the White House in June 2017.
Clark (left) with the Oriole Bird
Ron Santo
Billy Williams
Ferguson Jenkins
Kiki Cuyler
Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown
Harry Caray

The Cubs won back-to-back World Series championships in 1907 and 1908, becoming the first major league team to play in three consecutive World Series, and the first to win it twice.

Johnny Kling

American catcher and manager in Major League Baseball for the Chicago Cubs (the Chicago Orphans until 1902), Boston Braves / Rustlers, and Cincinnati Reds.

Kling was the Cubs' starting catcher in the final game of the 1908 World Series, the last championship for the team for 108 years.

Harry Steinfeldt

American professional baseball player.

Harry Steinfeldt's 1911 baseball card

Steinfeldt was the starting third baseman for the Cubs in the final game of the 1908 World Series, the team's last championship until their victory in 2016.

Joe Tinker

American professional baseball player and manager.

Tinker with the Chicago Cubs in 1908
Joe Tinker baseball card, 1912
Joe Tinker in a Coca-Cola ad from 1913
Charles Weeghman (left), James A. Gilmore (center), and Tinker (right) at the groundbreaking ceremony for Weeghman Park in 1914
Tinker Field in Orlando, Florida

Tinker then batted .263 as the Cubs defeated the Tigers in the 1908 World Series in five games.

Johnny Evers

American professional baseball second baseman and manager.

Evers with the Chicago Cubs in 1910
Evers with the Cubs, circa 1910
A 1911 Johnny Evers T205 Tobacco Card

The Cubs then won the 1908 World Series over Detroit, four games to one, as Evers again batted 7-for-20 (.350).

Frank Chance

American professional baseball player.

Chance with the New York Yankees in 1913
Chance circa 1899 from The Sporting News
Frank Chance baseball card
Chance (left) shakes hands with Miller Huggins in 1923
Chance's Baseball Hall of Fame plaque

Chance batted .421 in the 1908 World Series, as the Cubs again defeated the Tigers, this time in five games.

Jimmy Sheckard

American left fielder and left-handed leadoff hitter in Major League Baseball who played for the Brooklyn Bridegrooms/Superbas (1897–98, 1900–01, 1902–05), Baltimore Orioles (NL) (1899), Baltimore Orioles (AL) (1902), Chicago Cubs (1906–12), St. Louis Cardinals (1913) and Cincinnati Reds (1913).

Sheckard photographed by Charles M. Conlon in 1913

Sheckard was the Chicago Cubs' leadoff batter for the final game of the 1908 World Series.

Merkle's Boner

Merkle's Boner refers to the notorious base-running mistake committed by rookie Fred Merkle of the New York Giants in a game against the Chicago Cubs on September 23, 1908.

Fred Merkle
An estimated 20,000 fans watched the game.

The Cubs went on to win the 1908 World Series, beating the Detroit Tigers four games to one.

World Series

Annual championship series of Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada, contested since 1903 between the champion teams of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL).

Rooftop view of a 1903 World Series game in Boston
Christy Mathewson threw 3 complete-game shutouts in the 1905 World Series.
The 1919 Chicago White Sox team photo
Bill Mazeroski hit a dramatic ninth-inning walk-off home run that decided the 1960 World Series
The Catch: Willie Mays hauls in Vic Wertz's drive near the wall in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series.
1959 World Series action at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
1968 World Series program and tickets for Games 4 and 5 at Tiger Stadium
Carlton Fisk, best known for his "waving fair" home run in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series
Reggie Jackson earned the nickname "Mr. October" by hitting three consecutive home runs in the clinching game six of the 1977 World Series
President Ronald Reagan with the 1988 World Series champions: Los Angeles Dodgers
In Game 6 of the 1991 World Series, Kirby Puckett made a memorable leaping catch in left field to rob an extra-base hit. In the bottom of the 11th inning, Puckett hit a game-winning home run to send the Series to Game 7
Fireworks in SkyDome after Joe Carter's 1993 World Series-winning home run
Game 1 of the 2008 World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies (NL) and Tampa Bay Rays (AL) at Tropicana Field
In 2011, David Freese hit a game-tying two-run triple (with two outs) to send it into extra innings. In the bottom of the 11th, Freese led off with a game-winning home run to send the Series to Game 7
Chicago Cubs celebrate their 2016 World Series victory, their first in 108 years
Game action in the 1906 Series in Chicago (the only all-Chicago World Series to date)
Bill Wambsganss completes his unassisted triple play in 1920
Washington's Bucky Harris scores his home run in the fourth inning of Game 7 (October 10, 1924)
The Chicago Cubs celebrate winning the 2016 World Series, which ended the club's 108-year championship drought.

The 1907–1908 Cubs, 1921–1922 Giants and the 1975–1976 Reds are the only National League teams to win back-to-back World Series. No National League team has ever won three consecutive World Series.