Chicago Cubs: The all-time tournament

ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 27: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs holds up the 'W' flag after winning the National League Central title against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on September 27, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 27: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs holds up the 'W' flag after winning the National League Central title against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on September 27, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) /
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Player-manager Frank Chance bats at old West Side Park, home to the Cubs from 1885 through 1915.
Player-manager Frank Chance bats at old West Side Park, home to the Cubs from 1885 through 1915. /

Chicago Cubs: The All-Time Tournament

1906 Cubs vs. 1907 Cubs

Game 1: The 1906 Cubs, at .763, are unbeatable, even against the 1907 Cubs (.704). The 1906 team went 116-36-2, the 1907 club’s regular-season record was 107-45.

Game 2: This one goes to the 1907 Cubs (1.000) over the 1906 Cubs (.333). The 1907 Cubs beat Detroit four straight with one game ending in a tie. The 1906 club lost one of the great upsets in sports history, falling in six games to the heavy underdog Chicago White Sox.

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Game 3: The 1906 Cubs (103-92 OPS+) had the superior offense. Chance (158) and Steinfeldt (151) both delivered OPS+ in excess of 150.

Game 4: Nobody touches the 1906 champions in staff ERA+. With Brown at a sky-high 253, and Pfeister and Reulbach both topping 150, the staff ERA+ plus checks in at 151. The 1907 team loses despite a 143 staff ERA+.

Game 5: In team WAR, the edge goes to the 1906 team by a margin of 56-5-48.1. Brown (7.4) and Chance (7.3) are the leaders, although the real key is depth. The 1906 Cubs rostered 10 players whose combined batting and pitching WARS exceeded +3.0, but only two with negative WARs. Those two, a couple of reserve pitchers, worked a combined 142 innings all season.

That gives the all-time Chicago Cubs tournament bracket championship to the 1906 team in five games.

For the record, the 1906 club also slightly out-fielded the 1907 team .967-.964. (Defensive runs saved have not been retroactively calculated for either team.)

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On the matter of Hall of Famers, both clubs have the identical four: Chance, Evers, Tinker and Brown.