"100 Years of Hope": May 1908

Today's off day brought us the Muskrat's second installment of the "100 Years of Hope" series running on Cubs.com. The series is a monthly look at the Cubs team of 100 years ago. I think something important happened to the team in 1908, but I haven't heard anything about it.

Of note this time around...the Cubs apparently had a pitcher named, seriously, Orval Overall who threw a 2 hitter on May 2, 1908. Overall is apparently the only man ever to strike out 4, count 'em, 4 batters in a single inning in the World Series (I'm guessing a dropped 3rd strike allowed a strikeout victim to reach base and extend the inning?). Let's learn a bit more about Overall's pretty damn impressive career, courtesy of BaseballLibrary.com:
Though Overall's career lasted just seven years, it was brilliant, as his 2.24 lifetime ERA, eighth best in major league history, indicates. Traded to the Cubs in July 1906, after a year and a half in Cincinnati, Overall emerged as Chicago's top pitcher in 1907, going 23-8 (1.70) and tying Christy Mathewson for the league lead with eight shutouts. In World Series competition, he beat the Tigers once in 1907 and twice in 1908 - including a Series-clinching three-hit shutout in Game Five in which he struck out four men in an inning (the first inning), the only man to do so in WS history. Posting a 1.42 ERA in 1909, he went 20-11, and led the NL with nine shutouts and 205 strikeouts. He had a sore arm in 1910, and in his final WS start was knocked out after allowing the A's three runs in three innings. He retired for two years, then failed to crack the Cubs' excellent staff when he attempted a comeback in 1913. (ARA)

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