Tag: 1908

1908 – The Doves and Giants split a doubleheader at the Polo Grounds, with the Giants taking the opener, 6 – 3, and Boston winning the nitecap, 9 – 7. Christy Mathewson preserves Joe McGinnity’s win in the first game, pitching a perfect 9th inning; in the nitecap, he relieves Dummy Taylor in the 9th with the score 7 – 7, but the Braves score twice for the win. Fred Merkle cracks his first major league homer, against Patsy Flaherty, in the nitecap.

1908 – The Doves and Giants split a doubleheader at the Polo Grounds, with the Giants taking the opener, 6 – 3, and Boston winning the nitecap, 9 – 7. Christy Mathewson preserves Joe McGinnity’s win in the first game, pitching a perfect 9th inning; in the nitecap, he relieves Dummy Taylor in the 9th with the score 7 – 7, but the Braves score twice for the win. Fred Merkle cracks his first major league homer, against Patsy Flaherty, in the nitecap.

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6/1/1908 – In the top of the eigth of the second game of a double header, the Cardinals Ed Konetchy was picked off the third to end the inning with Billy Gilbert at the plate. Gilbert should have started the top of the ninth, but Irv Higgenbothman came up instead and singled. The Reds objected, and Gilbert was correctly called out and Higgenbotham batted again, grounding out this time.

6/1/1908 – In the top of the eigth of the second game of a double header, the Cardinals Ed Konetchy was picked off the third to end the inning with Billy Gilbert at the plate. Gilbert should have started the top of the ninth, but Irv Higgenbothman came up instead and singled. The Reds objected, and Gilbert was correctly called out and Higgenbotham batted again, grounding out this time.

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5/25/1908 – The Cubs hit out of turn in the first inning against the Giants in Chicago. Pat Moran was listed seventh and Joe Tinker eighth in the lineup. However, when the seventh spot came up with two out in the bottom of the first, Tinker strode to the plate and made the third out. Moran then led off the bottom of the second with a single to center and eventually scored. In the third inning, the batters hit in the correct order and the Giants objected. However, umpire Bob Emslie showed John McGraw the lineup sheet and that was the end of that. The Cubs won the contest in 10 innings, 8-7.

5/25/1908 – The Cubs hit out of turn in the first inning against the Giants in Chicago. Pat Moran was listed seventh and Joe Tinker eighth in the lineup. However, when the seventh spot came up with two out in the bottom of the first, Tinker strode to the plate and made the third out. Moran then led off the bottom of the second with a single to center and eventually scored. In the third inning, the batters hit in the correct order and the Giants objected. However, umpire Bob Emslie showed John McGraw the lineup sheet and that was the end of that. The Cubs won the contest in 10 innings, 8-7.

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Art Devlin cracks a 1st-inning double with the bases loaded and the New York Giants score seven runs off Irv Young in the first two innings. Christy Mathewson scatters 10 Doves hits in coasting to a 7 – 3 win.

Art Devlin cracks a 1st-inning double with the bases loaded and the New York Giants score seven runs off Irv Young in the first two innings. Christy Mathewson scatters 10 Doves hits in coasting to a 7 – 3 win.

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In the New York Giants home opener, 25,000 fans watch the Brooklyn Superbas take a 2 – 1 lead into the 9th inning against Christy Mathewson. But in the bottom, with Fred Tenney on first base, Mike Donlin hits a walk-off home run to give the Giants a 3 – 2 win.

In the New York Giants home opener, 25,000 fans watch the Brooklyn Superbas take a 2 – 1 lead into the 9th inning against Christy Mathewson. But in the bottom, with Fred Tenney on first base, Mike Donlin hits a walk-off home run to give the Giants a 3 – 2 win.

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Doubleday did create baseball

On April 2, 1908, the Mills Commission determines that Abner Doubleday originated the game of baseball. In its final report, the seven-man commission states that, “The first scheme for playing baseball, according to the best evidence obtainable to date, was devised by Abner Doubleday at Cooperstown, NY, in 1839.”…

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1908 – The Mills Commission determines that Abner Doubleday originated the game of baseball. In its final report, the seven-man commission states that: “The first scheme for playing baseball, according to the best evidence obtainable to date, was devised by Abner Doubleday at Cooperstown, NY, in 1839.”

1908 – The Mills Commission determines that Abner Doubleday originated the game of baseball. In its final report, the seven-man commission states that: “The first scheme for playing baseball, according to the best evidence obtainable to date, was devised by Abner Doubleday at Cooperstown, NY, in 1839.”

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 Ty Cobb signs with the Detroit Tigers for $4,000 plus an $800 bonus if he hits over .300. He will collect the bonus with a league-leading .324 average, becoming one of only three American League regulars to top .300 this year – the National League will have five.

1908 – Ty Cobb signs with the Detroit Tigers for $4,000 plus an $800 bonus if he hits over .300. He will collect the bonus with a league-leading .324 average, becoming one of only three American League regulars to top .300 this year – the National League will have five.

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 Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Honus Wagner, at age 34, announces his retirement. An annual rite of spring, it will not keep him from playing in 151 games, more than in any of the past 10 years, and leading the National League in batting average (for the sixth time), hits, total bases, doubles, triples, slugging, runs batted in, and stolen bases. He will miss the Triple Crown by hitting two fewer home runs than Tim Jordan’s 12.

1908 – Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Honus Wagner, at age 34, announces his retirement. An annual rite of spring, it will not keep him from playing in 151 games, more than in any of the past 10 years, and leading the National League in batting average (for the sixth time), hits, total bases, doubles, triples, slugging, runs batted in, and stolen bases. He will miss the Triple Crown by hitting two fewer home runs than Tim Jordan’s 12.

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1908 – Near Lexington, Kentucky, the train carrying the Cleveland Naps is struck by two bricks, shattering windows. Elmer Flick, Bill Bradley, and Harry Bay are hit by the flying glass while playing euchre, but no injuries occur. Tomorrow, the team will arrive safely in Macon, Georgia for spring training.

1908 – Near Lexington, Kentucky, the train carrying the Cleveland Naps is struck by two bricks, shattering windows. Elmer Flick, Bill Bradley, and Harry Bay are hit by the flying glass while playing euchre, but no injuries occur. Tomorrow, the team will arrive safely in Macon, Georgia for spring training.

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In Fullerton, California, Washington Senators pitcher Walter Johnson is operated on for an infection of the mastoid area behind the right ear. The doctors remove a section of the bone, and the recuperation will keep Johnson sidelined until late May.

In Fullerton, California, Washington Senators pitcher Walter Johnson is operated on for an infection of the mastoid area behind the right ear. The doctors remove a section of the bone, and the recuperation will keep Johnson sidelined until late May.

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The sacrifice fly rule is adopted. No time at bat is charged if a run scores after the catch of a fly ball. The rule will be repealed in 1931, then reinstated (or changed) several times before gaining permanent acceptance in 1954.

The sacrifice fly rule is adopted. No time at bat is charged if a run scores after the catch of a fly ball. The rule will be repealed in 1931, then reinstated (or changed) several times before gaining permanent acceptance in 1954.

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