The first indication that the 1908 pennant races were to be noteworthy emerged in June. By month's end the Highlanders, Tigers, and Cubs would not be leading their respective leagues as they did in May. During June the New York Highlanders were in the midst of one of the most dreadful swoons in baseball history. Detroit and Chicago played steady if not spectacular baseball, but they couldn't keep pace with opponents who played better ball during the month. June 1908 was full of significance for nearly every team in the American League.
For Washington, which had lost twenty of its last twenty-five games, the good news was the return of Walter Johnson on June 11. He lost his first start 6-3 to the Browns. But as he pitched himself into shape, the Nationals could no longer be taken for granted. Cleveland was discovering that Washington could be tougher than league standings justified, and the Naps' 8-14 season record against the Nats cost Cleveland the pennant.
The Philadelphia Athletics tasted the fruits of first place for the last time on June 6 on the force of Eddie Plank's three-hit shutout of St. Louis. The Athletics finished the month at .500, a mark the team would not reach again during the rest of the season.
The Red Sox were 14-8 for the month, but the red hot mark went unnoticed in the standings due to the team's horrific start. The bright