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The 1907 World Series featured the Chicago Cubs and the Detroit Tigers, with the Cubs winning the Series four games to none (with one tie) for their first championship.

The Cubs came back strong from their shocking loss in the 1906 World Series. The Tigers' young star Ty Cobb came into the Series with the first of his many league batting championships. With pitching dominance over the Tigers and Cobb, the Cubs allowed only three runs in the four games they won, while stealing 18 bases off the rattled Tigers.

Tigers pitcher Bill Donovan struck out 12 Cubs in Game 1. Although that matched Ed Walsh's total in Game 3 against the Cubs in 1906, it was across 12 innings. Donovan struck out just 10 Cubs in the first 9 innings of the game.

Records: Chicago Cubs (W: 107, L: 45, Pct: .704, GA: 17) - Detroit Tigers (W: 92, L: 58, Pct: .613, GA: 1 ½)

Managers: Frank Chance (Chicago), Hughie Jennings (Detroit)

Umpires: Hank O'Day (NL), Jack Sheridan (AL)

SummaryEdit

NL Chicago Cubs (4) vs AL Detroit Tigers (0)

GameScoreDateLocationAttendance
1Tigers - 3, Cubs - 3 (12 innings)October 8West Side Park24,377
2Tigers - 1, Cubs - 3October 9West Side Park21,901
3Tigers - 1, Cubs - 5October 10West Side Park13,114
4Cubs - 6, Tigers - 1October 11Bennett Park11,306
5Cubs - 2, Tigers - 1October 12Bennett Park7,370

MatchupsEdit

Game 1Edit

October 8, 1907 at West Side Park in Chicago, Illinois

The Tigers scored 3 runs, in large part to 3 Chicago errors, in the 8th inning and held a 3-1 lead going into the bottom of the 9th. The Cubs loaded the bases on a single, walk and infield error with 1 out. Detroit conceded a run on a ground ball for the second out and Cub player-manager Frank Chance then used pinch-hitter Del Howard to bat for Joe Tinker. Howard struck out against "Wild" Bill Donovan (25-4 in the regular season) but the ball got away from catcher Boss Schmidt, allowing Harry Steinfeldt to score the tying run. Donovan got the next batter but the damage to Detroit has been done. The teams then played 3 scoreless innings before the game was called on account of darkness and declared a tie, a first for the World Series. The Cubs commit 5 errors and strike out 12 times in the game, but 9 stolen base attempts (7 successful) and 5 bunts (2 for hits) set an aggressive offensive tone that will pressure the Tigers for the remainder of the series.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Detroit 000 000 030 000 393
Chicago 000 100 002 000 3105

Game 2Edit

October 9, 1907 at West Side Park in Chicago, Illinois

George Mullin, a 20 game winner and loser for Detroit in 1907 and who had walked over 100 batters in each of his last 5 seasons, issues a bases-loaded walk in the 2nd inning to tie the game at 1-1. Chicago scores 2 more in the 4th on a single, sacrifice bunt, RBI single, stolen base and double to take a 3-1 lead. Jack Pfiester, while allowing 10 hits, benefits from 2 double plays and battery-mate Johnny Kling throwing out 3 base stealers in gaining the win for the Cubs. Joe Tinker had a run scored and an RBI for Chicago, after being pinch-hit for in the 9th inning of game 1.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit 010 000 000 1101
Chicago 010 200 00X 381
W: Jack Pfiester (1-0)  L: George Mullin (0-1)

Game 3Edit

October 10, 1907 at West Side Park in Chicago, Illinois

Cub pitcher Ed Reulbach scatters 6 hits as Chicago jumps on Tiger starter Ed Siever for 4 runs on 7 hits in only 4 innings in route to the victory. Johnny Evers has 3 hits, including 2 doubles, as the Cubs take a 2-0 lead in the series.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit 000 001 000 161
Chicago 010 310 00X 5101
W: Ed Reulbach (1-0)  L: Ed Siever (0-1)

Game 4Edit

October 11, 1907 at Bennett Park in Detroit, Michigan

Detroit held a 1-0 lead on a triple by 20 year old batting champion Ty Cobb and an RBI single by Claude Rossman before a rain delay in the 5th inning. When play resumed, Chicago baserunners reached via an error and a walk. After Joe Tinker sacrificed, pitcher Orval Overall drove both runners home on a single to right field. The Cubs scored 3 more in the 7th without hitting the ball out of the infield on 4 bunts (2 for hits) and 2 ground balls. 23 game winner Overall was masterful after the rain delay, allowing only 1 hit in Detroit's final 5 at-bats, giving Chicago a commanding 3-0 lead in the series .

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 000 020 301 672
Detroit 000 100 000 152
W: Orval Overall (1-0)  L: Bill Donovan (0-1)

Game 5Edit

October 12, 1907 at Bennett Park in Detroit, Michigan

Chicago wrapped up the series with a 2-0 victory as Mordecai Brown pitched a 7-hit shutout. The Cubs scored a run in the first inning on a walk, stolen base and RBI single by Harry Steinfeldt and scored again in the 2nd on an error, a single, a double-steal and a ground ball out to drive in the final run. Detroit had runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out in the 4th inning, but could not score and never seriously threatened after that.

This Series would be the closest to a four-game sweep until the first true Series sweep in 1914.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 110 000 000 271
Detroit 000 000 000 072
W: Mordecai Brown (1-0)  L: George Mullin (0-2)

Composite BoxEdit

1907 World Series (4-0-1): Chicago Cubs (N.L.) over Detroit Tigers (A.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Chicago Cubs 130 630 303 000 194310
Detroit Tigers 010 101 030 000 6369
Total Attendance: 78,068   Average Attendance: 15,614
Winning Player’s Share: – $2,143   Losing Player’s Share – $1,946

Reference(s)Edit

Neft, David S., and Richard M. Cohen. The World Series. 1st ed. New York: St Martins, 1990. (Neft and Cohen 18-22)

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