This Week in 1908 (September 22–September 28)

    By Rick Kaempfer
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    Sep 22nd, 2017
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    How long ago was 1908?

    The Cubs are in New York to play the biggest series of the year. If they lose the series against the Giants, they will be all but eliminated from the race, and the Giants will win the pennant. The Cubs win a double header on September 22nd. Mordecai Brown saves one game, and wins the other. Then…the most memorable game in Chicago Cubs history occurs the following day. It’s impossible to sum up in a paragraph or two, but this video explains it nicely.

    Before leaving New York, the Cubs sweep another series against Brooklyn. Big Ed Reulbach throws two shutouts on the same day, (He remains the only pitcher to ever accomplish this feat), and by the time the Cubs leave town, they only need to win one more game in Cincinnati to reclaim first place.

    In other news this week

    1908 ad for original theatrical production of Wizard of Oz - Copy*The original theatrical production of “The Wizard of Oz” is performed in Iowa (Sept 27)

    *An ad for Edison Phonographs in the Saturday Evening Post includes recordings of the two presidential candidates, Taft and Bryan. (Sept 26) This is the first time that many Americans hear the voices of the men running for president.

    *Austria Hungary annexes Bosnia/Herzogovenia setting the stage for unrest that leads to the assassination of Arch Duke Ferdinand, and the beginning of World War 1. (Sept 28)

    Birthdays

    *Little Orvon Gene Autry is a precocious 1-year-old (Sept 30) celebrating a birthday in Texas.

    *Jacob Gerschowitz turns 10 in Brooklyn on September 26th. Within five years he will be a professional composer known as George Gershwin.

    *Little Eddie Sullivan turns 7 (Sept 27) in New York. He will become a boxer, a sportwriter, a theatre critic and a gossip columnist before becoming one of the most famous TV hosts in American history.

    *Maybe there is something to this Zodiac thing after all. For the second straight week, three famous future writers celebrate a birthday: William Faulkner (Sept 25) and F. Scott Fitzgerald (Sept 24) turn 11 and 12 respectively, while Poet T.S Eliot (Sept 26) turns 20.

    Price Check: A large-size Ouija (or Egyptian Luck) Board goes for 75 cents.

    If you travel back in time, and go to get your hair done at the beauty salon, don’t look for the hair dryers. They won’t be invented until 1920.

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