1908 was the year of the pitcher as major league players batted .239 against the likes of Big Ed Walsh (40 wins) and Christy Mathewson (37 wins). Both leagues featured tight pennant races, with Chicago edging New York and Pittsburgh, and Detroit besting Chicago and Cleveland by a whisker in the Junior Circuit. The National League race is remembered for "Merkle's Blunder". "The Unforgettable Season" by G.H. Fleming is a wonderful telling of the National League race.
The World Series was a rematch of the 1907 classic, as Chicago again made short work of Detroit. Ty Cobb hit a bit better than during the 1907 series but still only managed one extra-base hit. With Three Finger Brown on the mound, and Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance behind him, pitching and defense ruled the baseball world.
The 1909 Senior League Bucs used winning streaks of 16 and 14 games to best a determined Chicago team. Chicago pushed Pittsburgh to the second most victories in league history, but could not make up ground lost during catcher Johnny Kling's hold out and second sacker Johnny Evers' nervous breakdown.
The Junior League Bengals overcame a mid-season slump to ease past the young Philadelphia squad on the strength of scrappy veterans plus a ferocious pitching staff of George Mullin and Ed Willett.
In the Fall Classic Wagner outhit Cobb .333 to .231 as the Tigers made 19 errors and the Bucs stole a record-tying 18 bases. First game starter rookie Babe Adams turned in three victories leading Pittsburgh past Detroit in seven games.
This set includes every player who appeared in the regular season.