The eighth big league season of the modern era began amidst joy, hoopla, and cold, damp weather. After enduring sixty-nine weather‐ related postponements in 1907, owners were understandably concerned about foul weather. But in the days before domed stadia and teams in mild-weather southern and western cities, early-season baseball confined to the northeast quadrant of the United States was more often than not played under less than optimal conditions. The weather was a concern, but fans turned out in numbers because it was opening day, a ritual observance of the eternal optimism of the baseball fan facing a new season.
Opening day also marked a renewal of efforts to clean up the game and eliminate rowdyism. Boston Red Sox President John I. Taylor expressed deep concern over foul language used by players and urged American League President Ban Johnson to take action or at least condemn the practice. 1 Intentionally, and it must be added, ironically, the Cubs posted this sign in the dugouts of West Side Grounds: "Please Use No Profane Language." 2 In Chicago such restrictions lasted only as long as each bench was pleased with the umpires and their calls or until McGraw and his Giants came to town.
The 1908 season opened on April 14, 1908, in New York, Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia in the American League, while the National