It’s been a long, long time.

On Oct. 14, 1908, the Chicago Cubs beat the Detroit Tigers 2-0 in front of just 6,210 spectators at Detroit’s Bennett Park to win their second World Series.

Orval Overall tossed a complete-game three-hitter and struck out 10. The winning run scored in the first inning, when first baseman/manager and future Hall of Famer Frank Chance drove in fellow future inductee Johnny Evers with an RBI single off “Wild” Bill Donovan.

It only took the Cubs another 108 years – 39,466 days to be exact – plus one extra inning to do it again, on Nov. 2, 2016 at Cleveland’s Progressive Field. Since it’s been so bloody long, let’s get in our time machine and recall life in 1908

Baseball

  • There was no commissioner of baseball. The AL and NL had separate league presidents, and were overseen by the “National Commission.”
  • Teams did not have minor-league affiliates, and the first affiliation agreement wouldn’t happen until 1919.
  • No annual awards existed in 1908. The “Chalmers Award,” a forerunner to the modern-day MVP, wouldn’t be handed out until 1911.
  • “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” – a song that’s become synonymous with the Cubs – was written by Jack Norworth in 1908. The first recorded version – by Billy Murray and the Haydn Quintet – was released that September; Eddie Meeker’s version was the first to chart, three days after the Cubs won the World Series.