The Cubs expanded their lead to 3 1/2 games with a 15-10 record in the month, while the Giants were 11-10 and the Pirates 11-12.
May 2: Orval Overall tosses a two-hitter to defeat the Cardinals, 3-2, at Chicago's West Side Grounds. Overall's performance is the first of 19 games in which Cubs pitchers toss a complete game yet are charged with three or fewer hits.
May 17: Mordecai Brown tosses a one-hit gem to beat the Dodgers, 5-0, at West Side Grounds. Brooklyn's only hit is a third inning single by Bill Bergen, who would finish the year batting .175. Brown faced only 28 batters in the win.
May 21: The Cubs raise the 1907 World Series championship banner prior to the game versus the Braves.
May 25 The Cubs finally hit their first home run of the year -- in their 28th game of the season -- as Frank "Wildfire" Schulte connects off the Giants' Christy Mathewson. The Cubs beat the Giants, 8-7, in 10 innings. The Cubs, however, drop three out of four in their first series of the year against the Giants.
National League Standings -- May 31, 1908
|NOTE: Standings are based on winning percentage and not games back, so even though Brooklyn was fewer games behind the Cardinals, they were in last based on winning percentage.|
Johnny Kling (23-for-72, .319) and Del Howard (11-for-35, .314) led the Cubs in hitting for the month. Mordecai Brown went 6-1 in May, limiting opponents to a .160 batting average for the month.
May events: Did you know Mother's Day was observed for the first time on May 10, 1908, in Philadelphia? Jimmy Stewart was born May 20, 1908, in Indiana, Pa., and the horror movie "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" premiered the next day in Chicago.
On May 28, 1908, Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond series, was born in London, England, and two days later, Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny, was born in San Francisco.