A brief bit of musing about the 1906 Cubs
You know how good the Red Sox are this year, right? They are playing unheard-of .700 ball and are more than ten games better than the next best team in the majors.
Well get this: in order to equal the record of the 1906 Cubs, the Sox would have to win their next 29 games in a row!
In today’s market, it is unlikely that anyone could assemble a team as good as those Cubbies. They had the best player in the league at six of the eight positions. Their other two guys were a Hall of Famer in his prime (Joe Tinker) and a young guy who would develop into stardom (Circus Solly Hoffman, who would be the league’s best centerfielder by 1910). Their pitching staff had an ERA of 1.75. Their worst pitcher was Carl Lundgren, who was 17-6 with a 2.21 ERA. Their best pitcher, Three-Finger Brown, had an ERA of 1.04, which is still the National League record at the modern pitching distance.
And they lost the World Series! To make matters worse – they lost that series to the crosstown White Sox. Oh, the shame.