Question Of The Day: Was Baseball Better Back In 1908?

Andrew NasonContributor IMarch 13, 2009

Let's take a look at a simulated game, courtesy of, that puts the 1908 World Champion Chicago Cubs against the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies.


1908 Chicago Cubs

Starting Pitcher: Mordecai Brown—1.47 ERA


1. Frank Chance 1B

2. Jimmy Shekherd LF

3. Johnny Evers 2B

4. Joe Tinker SS

5. Johnny Kling C

6. Harry Steinfeldt 3B

7. Frank Schulte RF

8. Jimmy Slagle CF

9. Mordecai Brown P


2008 Philadelphia Phillies

Pitcher: Cole Hamels—3.09 ERA


1. Jimmy Rollins SS

2. Shane Victorino CF

3. Chase Utley 2B

4. Ryan Howard 1B

5. Pat Burrell LF

6. Jayson Werth RF

7. Pedro Feliz 3B

8. Chris Coste C

9. Cole Hamels P


Final score: Cubs 8, Phillies 2.


If you want to see how this simulated game played out, check out the game's box score.



Brown throws a complete game to earn the victory at Citizen's Bank Ballpark


With the steroid issue, the paparazzi, the scandals, etc. I think baseball was way better back in 1908.

But, hey, I'm just a stupid 12-year-old kid.

Why don't you try it?