Monday, June 15, 2009

World Champion Chicago Cubs...The Pitchers

Here are the cards for the 1908 World Champion Chicago Cubs pitching staff. Times were a bit different back then. These six players were on the mound for 1388 of the teams 1433 innings. That's 97% of the work among six guys! The team ERA was an unheard of 2.14. And they threw 108 complete games, too. I guess the team wasn't too concerned about pitch counts back then.

The ace of the staff was Hall of Famer Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown, who led the team with a 29-9 record and a minuscule 1.47 ERA.

Righty Ed Reulbach went 24-7 with a 2.03 ERA

Orval Overall, who had the best name on the staff, was 15-11 and had a great ERA, 1.92

Jack Pfiester was fourth on the staff in wins, posting a 12-10 record

Chick Fraser was the old man of the staff at age 34. His record was 11-9

The low man on the totem pole was Carl Lundgren, who had the only losing record among the six, going 6-9. His ERA was also a whopping 4.22. Today I would call him Aaron Heilman.


  1. I love them too! Especially the Mordechai Brown one! Didn't know he was a redhead.

  2. Note to Topps - If you were to put out a set featuring players from the early 20th century on the 2009 base set design, I would buy them. However, Wrigley Wax would get to design the Cubs cards.

  3. How amazing would it be if Topps made pre WWII sets, these cards having me wanting to rewatch Ken Burns Baseball. Great job, would love to see more.