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Detroit, Mich.--When Overall shut out Detroit's Tigers 2 to 0 today in the fifth and final game of the 1908 world's series he drove the final nail into the greatest honors that ever fell to one baseball club--two straight world's championship pennants flaunting on top of three straight league championship emblems.
Cap Anson's old White Stockings were at their best in the middle of the '80's and once again when Cap Chance developed and led an even greater team in the young years of the twentieth century.
Boston, Baltimore and Pittsburgh share with Chicago the honor of having won three consecutive National league pennants. Never has any club been able to add to those laurels the winning of two world's pennants. Nor is that the end of Chicago's laurels, for Chance's men today gave the great metropolis of baseball its third consecutive world's championship, including that won by the White Sox in 1906.
All Glory to the Cubs
Not in the memory of this generation of fans has any team ever won its honors with greater credit than that which belongs to Frank Chance's warriors. Not in a thousand years has a team been compelled to fight as hard for its titles as the Chicago team, which won the National league pennant twice inside of five days under the most trying circumstances. But, once assured of the National league's banner, the rest proved comparatively easy, just as Chance's men and their admirers have contended. For the same reason undoubtedly today's crowd of the year was the smallest that has watched a world's series battle under modern conditions, the official count showing only a little over 6,000 fans present despite ideal conditions.
Overall was the final selection for the game that was to end the series, and Overall was extremely right. That was shown in the first inning, when he struck out four men, thereby establishing a new strikeout record for the majors. Before he was through whiffing for the day, Big Jeff had the scalps of ten batsmen dangling at his belt and seven of these strikeouts were put over when there were men on bases. Three hits were all the Tigers could get off Overall, yet two of these coming together in a single round made the outcome of the game doubtful for the actual space of five minutes. In that time the tall Californian disposed of the two batsmen who stood between him and victory.
Overall vs. Donovan
Against Overall was pitted "Wild Bill" Donovan, who came back for a second pitched battle with Jeff in an effort to win one more game in the series. The spectators settled back to watch a contest such as electrified the west side crowd for seven innings last Sunday, but it was only a minute or two before it was shown that "Wild Bill" was not nearly as fit as in his previous battle, for the Cubs batted him hard in the first inning and actually settled the game right there.
One Cub run was made with three hits in the opener, and with that Overall could have won his spurs, for with his grand pitching the Tigers had no real chance to score, although on two occasions they threatened rather seriously. After the fifth inning, when the Cubs scored their second run off Donovan and the Tigers failed in their bitterest rally because Overall struck out the slugger Crawford in the pinch, it was an easy task for Overall. He finished the string out as strongly as he began and registered his second victory over Donovan in the series.
Cub Rooters Jubilant
As Kling camped under a high foul from Schmidt's bat in the ninth inning and caught it for the twenty-seventh out the band of Cub rooters gathered in the grand stand let out a wild and prolonged yell, while the Tiger adherents folder their banners and hid their megaphones under their coats in the double distress of having watched their idols humiliated for the second year in succession after nosing out the the American league pennant.
Gamely Jennings' men trotted over to the Cub bench and congratulated Chance and his men on their triumph and the two time world champions hurried away to their camp to dodge the wildly enthusiastic fans who tried to head them off and make them a feature of a parade down town.
What those gray clad modest young warriors have accomplished will be remembered longer than any of them lives. For in this series, as never before, they have demonstrated their perfection of their machinery. Flawless, save for Kling's failure to make an almost impossible play when Rossman struck out in the first inning on a ball so low that it hit the ground, was the work of that machine today, and even the dismally disappointed Detroit fans were compelled by sheer force of its excellence to acknowledge they never have seen anything like the airtight baseball of which the Cubs have given them two demonstrations in as many days.
Our Stonewall Infield
That stonewall infield has never been better, and Chance, Evers, Tinker and Steinfeldt have written their names above those of Anson, Pfeffer, Williamson, and Burns, Chicago's original and long famous stonewall defenders. That lightning fast outfield, Schulte, Hofman, and Sheckard, has nothing to ask or learn from the fastest that ever won three pennants before. And in the batteries there is nothing in stonewall history in Chicago or elsewhere to equal the gameness and cunning that have been exhibited by those Cub twirlers who have borne the severest burdens of the battle, Brown, Overall, and Reulbach, with the help of John Kling and Patty Moran.
Today brought out the defensive excellence of Chance's magnificent machine in greater prominence than ever before, for the Tigers were desperate and were battling desperately to stave off the final defeat for another day if possible. They were at Overall's delivery with all their might and strength and when they did not strike out breaking their backs after his phenomenally fast drop curve, they hit the ball on the nose occasionally, giving the Cubs' fielders some difficult chances.
Evers Gobbles 'Em Up
To Evers fell the lot of accepting the hardest of the opportunities offered, and twice he helped Overall keep the hits down to three by reeling off the copyrighted stabs and throws on sharp grounders which were tabbed for hits. Once Hofman barely missed a sensational diving catch which would have kept the hits down to a measly two.
Cubs 2, Tigers 0
Cubs supreme in baseball world
Overall holds the Jungle Men to three hits, while the Little Bears pound "Wild Bill" Donovan
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