1918 BOSTON RED SOX
THE LAST ONE FOR 86 YEARS ...

 

Eddie Grant
Died: Oct 5th
Jack Kramer   Bobby Doerr   Ted Williams   Leon Culberson
Born: Jan 5th   Born: April 7th   Born: Aug 30th   Born: Aug 6th
Mickey Vernon   Pee Wee Reese   Bob Feller   Eddie Pellagrini
Born: April 22nd   Born: July 23rd   Born: Nov 3rd   Born: March 13th

 

The United States of America had been at war for a year, and its citizens were beginning to wonder if baseball was getting its priorities straight. A single gunshot had assassinated the Archduke of Austria-Hungary four years earlier, igniting the Great War and plunging Europe into total armed conflict. America had remained neutral on the other side of the Atlantic, but when German U-boats began to indiscriminately strike at ships with Americans on it, the U.S. declared war on Germany, just days before baseball began its 1917 campaign.

While most minor leagues closed up shop, the majors went forward with their full schedule. Only a handful of players had been drafted into the military; fewer enlisted. Those who continued to play took part in token military “drills” to show their support for the boys overseas. Owners donated fair amounts of cash to the war effort, and rounded up baseball gear for the soldiers—whenever they had time off from the brutal trench warfare.

The American public was not enamored. The majors were hounded to be more active with the war effort, to make truer sacrifices. The owners addressed some of the criticism. They offered that the game’s benefaction to the war effort went beyond bucks and bats; as the national pastime, baseball was keeping stateside spirits and patriotism high.

Just a month into the 1918 season, the owners found a critic they couldn’t ignore.  He was Provost Marshall General Enoch Crowder, the director of the military draft. He decreed that by July 1, all draft-eligible men employed in “non-essential” occupations must apply for work directly related to the war, or gamble being called into military service. Despite pleas for leniency from baseball’s owners, Secretary of War Newton D. Baker agreed with Crowder that life as a ballplayer was non-essential. Enlist to help stateside, or risk going to the front lines of Europe.

Baseball was given a reprieve of sorts; the “Work or Fight” deadline was delayed two months to September 1st and even then, the owners had to furiously lobby for a deadline extension for World Series participants. The government reluctantly gave it to them. So while the season would be shortened by another two weeks, it wouldn’t be killed in midstride. But with the vast number of players, an average of 15 per team, drafted or enlisted before the deadline, teams scrambled to replace veteran players with others of lesser quality and experience.  Who left and who remained shaped up the balance of power in both pennant races.

The Red Sox looked forward to reclaiming top league honors in 1918.  Eleven Sox players were called up for active military duty, including Duffy Lewis, Herb Pennock, Ernie Shore and Jack Barry.

SAM JONES, CARL MAYS,
BABE RUTH & JOE BUSH

To make up for the talent shortfall, President Harry Frazee, embarked on an aggressive player acquisition program.  The Boston owner swung a pair of deals with Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics to acquire firstbaseman John “Stuffy” McInnis, outfielder Amos Strunk, pitcher “Bullet” Joe Bush, and catcher Wally Schang.  In return, Frazee gave up very little, apart from a declining Larry Gardner, several reserve players, and $60,000 in cash.  He then traded for Cincinnati Reds veteran Dave Shean, a good infielder, and bought George Whiteman, a career minor leaguer.

As for the managerial vacancy created by Jack Barry’s departure, he turned to Ed Barrow, a personal friend, who had served as president of the International League from 1911 to 1917.

The Red Sox bolted out of the blocks, going a franchise best 11-2 in April, and easily securing first place.  Coming off back-to-back twenty win seasons, Babe Ruth was posed for another standout year.  He mesmerized Philadelphia on April 15th with a 7-1 gem at Fenway Park, to start his year. 

The Red Sox, like many other teams, lost valuable players during the season.  On June 20th star pitcher Dutch Leonard, who had pitched a no-hitter just a few weeks earlier, had his classification in the military draft changed. Leonard quit the team to take a job at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Playing the most games at third base was 25-year old Fred Thomas. Thomas had arguably the most interesting season of any member of the Red Sox. In early July he left the team and was at his Wisconsin home for his pre-induction physical.  He went to Great Lakes Naval Air Station as a sailor.  The base was located in Chicago, and its commander, Captain William Moffett, was a baseball fan. Thomas later said the command was attractive to a large number of talented players. He was a member of two championship teams, the Red Sox and his Great Lakes team took the Navy Championship

Team Captain, Dick Hoblitzell was declared eligible for the military draft and passed an examination for the U.S. Army Dental Corps in March. He received his commission as a first lieutenant on June 6 and left the Red Sox three days later.  Dick never played another game in the majors.

Because of the shortage of players, the Red Sox were forced to play college and minor league players.  Players with names like Jack Stansbury, George Cochran, Eusebio Gonzalez, and Red Bluhm appeared in 1918 and were never heard of again.

BABE RUTH

Feeling that he had the skills to play every day, the Babe Ruth badgered Barrow to put him in games as an outfielder.  Since it was a make-shift war season, Barrow inserted the left-handed hitting Ruth in the lineup against right-handers at first.  The gamble paid off.  Ruth would go on to hit .300, with 66 RBIs in 317 at bats for Boston, while tying for the league lead in home runs with eleven.  In his first three full years at Boston, Ruth averaged a home run every 39 at-bats, while it took 457 for his teammates to eke one out.

Ruth was a one-man wrecking crew in 1918.  His home runs came in bunches and he hit them further than anyone had ever seen. On May 4th at the Polo Grounds, he hit a ball into the grandstand against the Yankees. Two days later, on May 6th, he again hit one into the upper deck at the Polo Grounds. And the next day in Washington, he hit one over the right field wall.

In June, Babe went on a tear, he hit eight home runs. In Detroit on June 2nd he hit one into the right field bleachers at Navin Field. He did it again the next two days, on June 3rd and 4th. Same spot, the right field bleachers. On June 5th the Sox traveled to Cleveland and Babe's fourth home run in four days, went into the right field screen at Dunn Field. On June 15th, the Sox played at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, and he had four chances to drive in runs and did so on three trips to the plate, including a homer into the bleachers in right.  Back at the Polo Grounds on June 25th, where Babe hit another home run. It was his third one there of the year. On June 28th another one was launched over the right field wall of National Park in Washington. His final home run of the year came two days later. On June 30th he hit the longest home run ever hit at the ballpark in Washington up until that time. It gave the Sox a 3-1 victory over Walter Johnson. All of Babe Ruth's home runs were on the road. He never was credited for a home run at Fenway Park in 1918.

Babe's home run production stopped after that, but even though he kept the ball in the park, he was a one-man wrecking crew. On July 6th the Sox were two behind, with two on and none out, Babe hit a smash to the right-field corner for a triple and gave the Sox a 5 to 4 victory. Against the Indians on July 8th, he hit a ball in the 10th inning 3/4 of the way up into the right field bleachers at Fenway Park for a walk-off Red Sox 1-0 victory. The blast into the bleachers was not considered a home run, because Amos Strunk was on first. By the rules in 1918, Babe's smash into the bleachers was only a triple. If it hadn't ended the game, it would have been a home run in any other inning. Two days later on July 10th he hit a triple to win the ballgame, 2-0 against the same Indians. Then on July 11th the Chicago White Sox lost to the Red Sox and all he did was hit the ball to left field three times, each one for a double. The next day on July 12th, two triples and a double, in four times at bat, was his production, in a 6-3 victory over the White Sox.

Babe was also one of the Red Sox best pitchers. He was 13-7 with a 2.22 ERA. Down the pennant stretch run however in the month of August, he pitched eight times and won six of those games. Five of the six wins were games where he only allowed one run for a 1.24 ERA.  When Babe Ruth hit his 10th home run of the year, he became the only player to hit at least 10 homers and win at least 10 games as a pitcher in the same season. 

But with his success came problems.  With every home run he hit, the Babe’s ego swelled.  Never one to adhere to the rules, the thrill-seeking slugger now seemed worse, drinking, gambling and whoring most of his nights away.  He made more money that anyone in baseball had ever made and it became inevitable that he would clash with his straight-laced manager. Things came to a head on July 2 between Ruth and Barrow when Ruth threatened to quit the team and play semi-pro ball in Chester, PA.  Owner Harry Frazee was not amused and threatened Ruth with court action since he owned Ruth’s contract.  The Babe sheepishly rejoined the team on July 4th.

After having led the American League for most of the season, the team had slipped behind Tris Speaker’s Cleveland Indians.  But with the chastened Babe Ruth back with the team, the Red Sox started winning again.  The Sox proceeded to take four of five from the Indians at home.  Babe put on an offensive display, winning three of the games single-handedly. 

CARL MAYS

The Red Sox had outstanding pitching led by Carl Mays, who went 21-13 (including victories in both games of an August 30 doubleheader against the visiting Athletics). Sam Jones had the best winning percentage on the team, going 16-5 with a 2.25 ERA, while Ruth finished 13-7 with a 2.22 ERA.

Joe Bush won fifteen games and posted a 2.11 ERA with seven shutouts.  Wally Schang proved a highly dependable catcher, and Stuffy McInnis finished second to Ruth in team RBIs with fifty six.

The Red Sox held on the rest of the way to win the league by a comfortable margin over the Indians.

In response to a directive by the Secretary of War, Newton Baker on July 19th, that said all ballplayers of eligible draft age must "Work or Fight" in war related enterprises.  Immediately after the directive, most of the minor leagues ended their seasons.  Major League teams scrambled to sign the players.  Meanwhile, major league players, such as Babe Ruth, fielded offers to play for the company sponsored teams of war related industries.  American League President Ban Johnson, National League President John Tenner, and the owners of the teams, worked out a compromise with the War Department to shorten the season and end it at Labor Day, with the World Series held right after.

The Cubs, led by Jim “Hippo” Vaughn and George “Lefty” Tyler won the National League, in spite of a late season challenge by the New York Giants.  The earliest World Series on record kicked off on September 5th at Weeghman Park in Chicago. 

The Red Sox, behind Babe Ruth secured a 1-0 victory in Game #1.  During the seventh inning break, on a whim, a patriotic move was started by a brass band that struck up “The Star Spangled Banner” to the express delight of the fans and players. And thus, a time-honored tradition was born at baseball games forever after.

Joe Bush was given the starting assignment for Game #2 against “Lefty” Tyler.  The two dueled each other brilliantly with Tyler coming out on the end of a 3-1 victory for the Cubs.  In Game #3, working on short rest, “Hippo” Vaughn pitched well enough to win, but was let down by an anemic offense in a 2-1 loss to Carl Mays

Having taken two out of three in Chicago, the Red Sox were confident when they came to Boston for Game #4. The excitement stopped when Babe Ruth injured his hand on the train rough-housing with Walt Kinney.  In spite of his injury Ruth took the mound and battled “Lefty” Tyler.  Ruth pitched seven shutout innings, in spite of not being able to grip the ball tight enough to pitch an effective curve.  The Cubs wasted another of his fine pitching performance by Tyler to lose the fourth game by a 3-2 score.

In a move precipitated by greed, the league decided to announce that they would have to give the players a smaller share of the money generated by the World Series.  Both the Red Sox and Cubs players decided to stage a boycott against the owners before Game #5.  The players finally agreed to play the game for the sake of the fans.

When the players came out on the field an hour late, they were booed by the crowd.  Only the actions of the mayor, John “Honey Fitz” Fitgerald, who came out on the field with a megaphone, telling the crowd that it was the players who agreed to compete for the fans, did the boos turn to cheers.  The game progressed and it was “Hippo” Vaughn, who finally prevailed and shutout the Red Sox, winning the game 3-0, on five hits.

For Game #6, the crowd was small in response to the antics of the day before.  Despite their lack of hometown support, the Red Sox took the game by a 2-1 score, thus earning the World Champion title for the fourth time in seven years.  It would be the last time the Red Sox would win the World Series for 86 years.

The week after the season ended, Babe Ruth refereed a local boxing tournament and attended the George Cheney – Lew Tendler fight in Philadelphia on September 18th. The Babe mulled over at least seven shipyard offers and a motion picture producer contacted him about a possible film with him offering baseball tips.

Ruth turned down an offer to play ball in California's War Service League, but did grab his bat and glove for a few games in New England. On September 15 he pitched a 1 to 0 shutout for the Polish Club before a huge crowd in Hartford, Connecticut. Reports of how much Ruth was paid varied from $350-$1300.

A week later, the Babe relieved Walter Johnson in an exhibition game against the New Haven Colonials. Ruth wasn't the only Red Sox player playing in exhibition games. Joe Bush, Wally Schang, Wally Mayer, Amos Strunk, Sam Jones, Everett Scott, Sam Agnew and Hack Miller formed a barnstorming club with several other major league players. The team was advertised as the "Red Sox". After a loss to the Baltimore Dry-docks and Shipbuilding Company, Harry Frazee caught wind of the operation and demanded that they stop using the name Red Sox.

On September 25, Babe Ruth accepted a job with the Bethlehem Steel Company. He and his wife relocated to Lebanon, Pennsylvania. The "Red Sox" now billing themselves as the "All-Stars", played the Babe and his Lebanon mates in a barnstorming game. Babe played first base, batted fourth and struck out twice against Joe Bush, who three hit the Lebanon team, and won 4 to 2.

The sudden influx of it players into the shipyard industry wasn't helpful. Many were hired as ringers, just the play on company teams and assigned nominal duties such as carrying blueprints or paint cans from one spot to another. More than 2000 workers at the Camps Shipyard near Philadelphia, went on strike, protesting that ballplayers and actors had been given supervisory jobs and never really worked.

 

11/16/1917  Jack Barry, Chick Shorten, Mike McNally and Ernie Shore report to the Charlestown Navy Yard
11/27/1917  Del Gainor joins the Navy
12/02/1917  Hal Janvrin joins the Army Signal Corps
12/14/1917  Herb Pennock and Lore Bader join the Navy
12/15/1917  Joe Bush, Amos Strunk, and Wally Schang are traded from the Athletics to the Red Sox
12/23/1917  Sam Jones joins the Army
01/09/1918  Stuffy McInnis is sold to the Red Sox by the Philadelphia Athletics
01/30/1918  Jimmy Walsh joins the Navy
02/08/1918  The Red Sox resign Everett Scott
02/12/1918  Ed Barrow is hired to be Red Sox manager
02/14/1918  Johnny Evers signs with the Red Sox
03/01/1918  Larry Gardner, Hick Cady and Tilly Walker are sent to the Philadelphia Athletics
03/02/1918  The Red Sox purchase Hank Eibel from Richmond
03/06/1918  Dick Hoblitzell will play with the Red Sox
 
 SPRING TRAINING DIARY
03/10/1918  The Red Sox leave for Hot Springs
03/11/1918  The Red Sox arrive in Hot Springs
03/12/1918  First workout at Majestic Park
03/13/1918  Practice with 90 deg temps
03/14/1918  Wally Schang plays at third base
03/15/1918  Bob Fisher arrives in camp
03/16/1918  Johnny Evers plays shortstop with pep ... Scott, Whiteman, Smith, Strunk and Thomas arrive
03/17/1918  Brooklyn Robins W 11-1  Babe Ruth homers twice
03/18/1918  Harry Hooper arrives in camp
03/19/1918  Workout at Majestic Park ... Babe Ruth hits two more home runs
03/20/1918  Dick Hoblitzell arrives in camp
03/21/1918  Dutch Leonard arrives in camp ... Babe Ruth hits four home runs
03/22/1918  Regulars vs Yannigans game rained out
03/23/1918  Dick Hoblitzell is named team captain
03/24/1918  Brooklyn Robins Rookies W 18-8  Red Sox Yannigans romp
03/25/1918  Ed Barrow initiates a hand signal system
03/26/1918  Red Sox start calisthenics program ... Sam Jones rejoins the team
03/27/1918  Brooklyn Robins L 3-2  
03/28/1918  Yannigans W 2-1  
03/29/1918  Red Sox lease on Majestic Park is cancelled for 1919
03/30/1918  Brooklyn Robins W 4-3  Babe Ruth with a walk-off
03/31/1918  Brooklyn Robins at Little Rock, AK W 7-4  
04/01/1918  Brooklyn Robins at Little Rock, AK W 3-2  Sox trade for Dave Shean
04/02/1918  Brooklyn Robins at Dallas, TX W 7-6  18 innings
04/03/1918  Bill Carrigan denies rumors that he will join the Red Sox as a pitching coach
04/04/1918  Brooklyn Robins at Austin, TX W 10-4  Dave Shean goes 5 for 5
04/05/1918  Brooklyn Robins at Austin, TX L 5-3  
04/06/1918  Brooklyn Robins at New Orleans, LA pp

 

04/07/1918  Brooklyn Robins at New Orleans, LA L 4-3  13 innings
04/08/1918  Brooklyn Robins at Mobile, AL T 6-6  
04/09/1918  Brooklyn Robins at Birmingham, AL L 3-1  
04/10/1918  The Red Sox leave Chattanooga and head home
04/12/1918  The Red Sox arrive home in Boston and are greeted by a snowstorm
04/13/1918  The Sox work out in the Harvard cage ... Johnny Evers is offered a manager's job in Jersey City
 
GAME LOG
  RECORD PLACE GB/GF OPPONENT   SCORE  PITCHER W/L
04/15/1918 1-0 1st -  Philadelphia Athletics W 7-1 Babe Ruth 1-0
04/16/1918 2-0 1st +1/2  Philadelphia Athletics W 1-0 Carl Mays 1-0
04/17/1918 3-0 1st +1  Philadelphia Athletics W 5-4 Dutch Leonard 1-0
04/18/1918 3-0 1st +1  
04/19/1918 4-0 1st +1 1/2  New York Yankees W 2-1 Joe Bush 1-0
5-0 1st +2 W 9-5 Babe Ruth 2-0
04/20/1918 6-0 1st +2  New York Yankees W 4-3 Carl Mays 2-0
04/21/1918 6-0 1st +2 1/2  
04/22/1918 6-1 1st +1 1/2  New York Yankees L 11-4 Dutch Leonard 1-1
04/23/1918 7-1 1st +1 1/2  New York Yankees W 1-0 Joe Bush 2-0
04/24/1918 7-2 1st +1 1/2  at Philadelphia Athletics L 3-0 Babe Ruth 2-1
04/25/1918 8-2 1st +1 1/2  at Philadelphia Athletics W 6-1 Carl Mays 3-0
04/26/1918 9-2 1st +2  at Philadelphia Athletics W 2-1 Dutch Leonard 2-1
04/27/1918 10-2 1st +2  at Philadelphia Athletics W 4-1 Joe Bush 3-0
04/28/1918 10-2 1st +2  at Bridgeport All Stars W 7-0  
04/29/1918 10-2 1st +2  Washington Nationals pp  
04/30/1918 11-2 1st +3  Washington Nationals W 8-1 Babe Ruth 3-1
05/01/1918 11-3 1st +2 1/2  Washington Nationals L 5-0 Carl Mays 3-1
05/02/1918 12-3 1st +2 1/2  Washington Nationals W 8-1 Dutch Leonard 3-1
05/03/1918 12-4 1st +1 1/2  at New York Yankees L 3-2 Joe Bush 3-1
05/04/1918 12-5 1st +1 1/2  at New York Yankees L 5-4 Babe Ruth 3-2
05/05/1918 12-5 1st 1 1/2  at Doherty Silk Sox W 5-1  
05/06/1918 12-6 1st +2  at New York Yankees L 10-3 Carl Mays 3-2
05/07/1918 12-7 1st +1  at Washington Nationals L 7-2 Dutch Leonard 3-2
05/08/1918 12-8 1st +1  at Washington Nationals L 14-4 Joe Bush 3-2
05/09/1918 12-9 2nd -  at Washington Nationals L 4-3 Babe Ruth 3-3
05/10/1918 13-9 2nd -  St. Louis Browns W 4-1 Carl Mays 4-2
05/11/1918 13-10 2nd -  St. Louis Browns L 4-2 Dutch Leonard 3-3
05/12/1918 13-10 1st +1/2  
05/13/1918 14-10 1st +1/2  St. Louis Browns W 7-5 Joe Bush 4-2
05/14/1918 14-10 1st +1/2  St. Louis Browns pp  
05/15/1918 15-10 1st +1 1/2  Detroit Tigers W 5-4 Babe Ruth 4-3
05/16/1918 16-10 1st +1 1/2  Detroit Tigers W 7-2 Carl Mays 5-2
05/17/1918 17-10 1st +1 1/2  Detroit Tigers W 11-8 Dutch Leonard 3-4
05/18/1918 18-10 1st +2 1/2  Detroit Tigers W 3-1 Joe Bush 5-2
05/19/1918 18-10 1st +2 1/2  
05/20/1918 19-10 1st +3  Cleveland Indians W 11-1 Carl Mays 6-2
05/21/1918 19-11 1st +2 1/2  Cleveland Indians L 6-5 Dutch Leonard 4-4
05/22/1918 19-11 1st +2 1/2  Cleveland Indians pp  
05/23/1918 19-12 1st +2  Cleveland Indians L 1-0 Sam Jones 0-1
05/24/1918 20-12 1st +2  Chicago White Sox W 5-4 Joe Bush 6-2
05/25/1918 21-12 1st +3  Chicago White Sox W 3-2 Carl Mays 7-2
05/26/1918 21-12 1st +2 1/2  
05/27/1918 21-13 1st +1 /12  Chicago White Sox L 6-4 Dutch Leonard 4-5
05/28/1918 22-13 1st +2 /12  Chicago White Sox W 1-0 Joe Bush 7-2
05/29/1918 23-13 1st +2 /12  Washington Nationals W 4-2 Carl Mays 8-2
24-13 1st +2 /12 W 3-0 Sam Jones 1-1
05/30/1918 25-13 1st +2 /12  Washington Nationals W 9-1 Dutch Leonard 5-5
25-14 1st +2 L 4-0 Dick McCabe 0-1
05/31/1918 25-14 1st +2  
06/01/1918 25-15 1st +1  at Detroit Tigers L 4-3 Carl Mays 8-3
06/02/1918 25-16 1st +1  at Detroit Tigers L 4-3 Babe Ruth 4-4
06/03/1918 26-16 1st +2  at Detroit Tigers W 5-0 Dutch Leonard
(no-hitter)
6-5
06/04/1918 27-16 1st +3  at Detroit Tigers W 7-6 Carl Mays 9-3
06/05/1918 27-17 1st +2  at Cleveland Indians L 5-4 Joe Bush 7-3
06/06/1918 28-17 1st +2  at Cleveland Indians W 1-0 Sam Jones 2-1
06/07/1918 28-18 1st +1  at Cleveland Indians L 14-7 Babe Ruth 4-5
06/08/1918 28-19 2nd -  at Cleveland Indians L 3-1 Carl Mays 9-4
06/09/1918 29-19 1st +1  at Cleveland Indians W 2-0 Dutch Leonard 7-5
06/10/1918 30-19 1st +1 1/2  at Chicago White Sox W 1-0 Joe Bush 8-3
06/11/1918 30-20 1st +1 1/2  at Chicago White Sox L 4-1 Sam Jones 2-2
06/12/1918 31-20 1st +2 1/2  at Chicago White Sox W 7-0 Carl Mays 10-4
06/13/1918 32-20 1st +2 1/2  at Chicago White Sox W 6-0 Dutch Leonard 8-5
06/14/1918 32-21 1st +1 1/2  at St. Louis Browns L 5-4 Joe Bush 8-4
06/15/1918 33-21 1st +2 1/2  at St. Louis Browns W 8-4 Sam Jones 3-2
06/16/1918 33-22 1st +1 1/2  at St. Louis Browns L 2-1 Dutch Leonard 8-6
06/17/1918 34-22 1st +2  at St. Louis Browns W 8-0 Carl Mays 11-4
06/18/1918 34-22 1st +2  
06/19/1918 34-23 1st +1  Philadelphia Athletics L 5-0 Joe Bush 8-5
06/20/1918 34-24 1st +1  Philadelphia Athletics L 2-0 Sam Jones 3-3
35-24 1st +1 1/2 W 3-0 Vince Molyneaux 1-0
06/21/1918 36-24 1st +2 1/2  Philadelphia Athletics W 13-0 Carl Mays 12-4
06/22/1918 36-24 1st +2  
06/23/1918 36-24 1st +2  at Hartford Senators pp  
06/24/1918 36-25 1st +1  at New York Yankees L 3-2 Joe Bush 8-6
06/25/1918 37-25 1st +2  at New York Yankees W 7-3 Sam Jones 4-3
06/26/1918 37-26 1st +1  at New York Yankees L 3-1 Carl Mays 12-5
06/27/1918 37-27 2nd -  at New York Yankees L 7-5 Joe Bush 8-7
06/28/1918 37-28 2nd -1  at Washington Nationals L 3-1 Lore Bader 0-1
06/29/1918 38-28 2nd -  at Washington Nationals W 3-1 Sam Jones 5-3
06/30/1918 39-28 1st +1/2  at Washington Nationals W 3-1 Carl Mays 13-5
07/01/1918 39-28 2nd -  
07/02/1918 39-29 2nd -  at Washington Nationals L 3-0 Joe Bush 8-8
07/03/1918 39-30 2nd -  at Philadelphia Athletics L 6-0 Lore Bader 0-2
07/04/1918 40-30 2nd -  at Philadelphia Athletics W 11-9 Sam Jones 6-3
40-31 2nd -1 L 2-1 Carl Mays 13-6
07/05/1918 41-31 2nd -1/2  at Philadelphia Athletics W 4-3 Babe Ruth 5-5
07/06/1918 42-31 1st +1/2  Cleveland Indians W 5-4 Joe Bush 9-8
07/07/1918 42-31 1st +1/2  
07/08/1918 43-31 1st +1 1/2  Cleveland Indians W 1-0 Sam Jones 7-3
43-32 1st +1/2 L 4-3 Carl Mays 13-7
07/09/1918 44-32 1st +1 1/2  Cleveland Indians W 1-0 Joe Bush 10-8
07/10/1918 45-32 1st +2 1/2  Cleveland Indians W 2-0 Lore Bader 1-2
07/11/1918 46-32 1st +2 1/2  Chicago White Sox W 4-0 Carl Mays 14-7
07/12/1918 47-32 1st +3 1/2  Chicago White Sox W 6-3 Sam Jones 8-3
07/13/1918 47-33 1st +2 1/2  Chicago White Sox L 5-0 Joe Bush 10-9
07/14/1918 47-33 1st +2  Queen Quality W 5-2  
07/15/1918 48-33 1st +3  Chicago White Sox W 3-1 Carl Mays 15-7
07/16/1918 49-33 1st +4  St. Louis Browns W 2-1 Sam Jones 9-3
07/17/1918 50-33 1st +5  St. Louis Browns W 7-0 Joe Bush 11-9
51-33 1st +5 1/2 W 4-0 Babe Ruth 6-5
07/18/1918 51-34 1st +4 1/2  St. Louis Browns L 6-3 Lore Bader 1-3
07/19/1918 52-34 1st +5 1/2  Detroit Tigers W 3-1 Carl Mays 16-7
07/20/1918 53-34 1st +6  Detroit Tigers W 5-1 Sam Jones 10-3
07/21/1918 53-34 1st +5 1/2          
07/22/1918 54-34 1st +6  Detroit Tigers W 1-0 Joe Bush 12-9
55-34 1st +6 1/2 W 3-0 Carl Mays 17-7
07/23/1918 55-34 1st +6 1/2  
07/24/1918 55-34 1st +6 1/2  
07/25/1918 55-35 1st +6  at Chicago White Sox L 4-2 Carl Mays 17-8
07/26/1918 55-36 1st +5  at Chicago White Sox L 7-2 Sam Jones 10-4
07/27/1918 56-36 1st +5  at Chicago White Sox W 6-4 Joe Bush 13-9
07/28/1918 56-37 1st +4 1/2  at Chicago White Sox L 8-0 Carl Mays 17-9
07/29/1918 57-37 1st +5  at St. Louis Browns W 3-2 Babe Ruth 7-5
07/30/1918 58-37 1st +4 1/2  at St. Louis Browns W 14-4 Sam Jones 11-4
07/31/1918 59-37 1st +4 1/2  at St. Louis Browns W 8-4 Joe Bush 14-9
08/01/1918 60-37 1st +5 1/2  at St. Louis Browns W 2-1 Babe Ruth 8-5
08/02/1918 60-38 1st +4 1/2  at Cleveland Indians L 6-3 Carl Mays 17-10
08/03/1918 60-39 1st +3 1/2  at Cleveland Indians L 5-1 Sam Jones 11-5
08/04/1918 61-39 1st +4 1/2  at Cleveland Indians W 2-1 Babe Ruth 9-5
61-40 1st +3 1/2 L 2-0 Joe Bush 14-10
08/05/1918 61-40 1st +3 1/2  
08/06/1918 62-40 1st +3 1/2  at Detroit Tigers W 7-5 Carl Mays 18-10
08/07/1918 62-41 1st +3 1/2  at Detroit Tigers L 11-9 Joe Bush 14-11
08/08/1918 63-41 1st +3 1/2  at Detroit Tigers W 4-1 Babe Ruth 10-5
08/09/1918 63-41 1st +3 1/2  
08/10/1918 63-42 1st +3 1/2  New York Yankees L 5-1 Joe Bush 14-12
63-43 1st +3 L 4-1 Carl Mays 18-11
08/11/1918 63-43 1st +3  New York Yankees pp  
08/12/1918 63-44 1st +2  New York Yankees L 2-1 Babe Ruth 10-6
08/13/1918 63-44 1st +2  
08/14/1918 64-44 1st +2  Chicago White Sox W 5-3 Sam Jones 12-5
08/15/1918 64-45 1st +2  Chicago White Sox L 6-2 Carl Mays 18-12
08/16/1918 65-45 1st +2  Chicago White Sox W 2-0 Joe Bush 15-12
08/17/1918 66-45 1st +3  Cleveland Indians W 4-2 Babe Ruth 11-6
08/18/1918 66-45 1st +3  at New Haven Colonials W 4-3  
08/19/1918 67-45 1st +4  Cleveland Indians W 6-0 Sam Jones 13-5
08/20/1918 67-46 1st +3  Cleveland Indians L 8-4 Babe Ruth 11-7
08/21/1918 68-46 1st +3  St. Louis Browns W 4-1 Carl Mays 19-12
08/22/1918 68-47 1st +3  St. Louis Browns L 1-0 Joe Bush 15-13
08/23/1918 69-47 1st +3  St. Louis Browns W 6-5 Sam Jones 14-5
08/24/1918 70-47 1st +4  St. Louis Browns W 3-1 Babe Ruth 12-7
08/25/1918 70-47 1st +4  
08/26/1918 70-48 1st +3 1/2  Detroit Tigers L 6-3 Carl Mays 19-13
08/27/1918 70-49 1st +2 1/2  Detroit Tigers L 2-1 Joe Bush 15-14
08/28/1918 71-49 1st +3 1/2  Detroit Tigers W 3-0 Sam Jones 15-5
08/29/1918 71-49 1st +3 1/2  Philadelphia Athletics pp  
08/30/1918 72-49 1st +3 1/2  Philadelphia Athletics W 12-0 Carl Mays 20-13
73-49 1st +3 1/2 W 4-1 Carl Mays 21-13
08/31/1918 74-49 1st +3 1/2  Philadelphia Athletics W 6-1 Babe Ruth 13-7
74-50 1st +3 L 1-0 Joe Bush 15-15
09/01/1918 74-50 1st +2 1/2  
09/02/1918 75-50 1st +3  at New York Yankees W 3-2 Sam Jones 16-5
75-51 1st +2 1/2 L 4-3 Jean Dubuc 0-1
   
THE WORLD SERIES
09/04/1918  Game #1 rained out
09/05/1918 1-0 Game #1  at Chicago Cubs W 1-0 Babe Ruth 1-0
09/06/1918 1-1 Game #2  at Chicago Cubs L 3-1 Joe Bush 0-1
09/07/1918 2-1 Game #3  at Chicago Cubs W 2-1 Carl Mays 1-0
09/08/1918

 Players hold meetings to question their largely reduced share of World Series money

09/09/1918 3-1 Game #4  Chicago Cubs W 3-2 Babe Ruth 2-0
09/10/1918 3-2 Game #5  Chicago Cubs L 3-0 Sam Jones 0-1
09/11/1918 4-2 Game #6  Chicago Cubs W 2-1 Carl Mays 2-0
09/12/1918

 Players receive their checks and autograph many baseballs before heading home

   
1918 RED SOX BATTING & PITCHING
 
 

 

 

FINAL 1918 STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

75 51 -

 

 

Cleveland Naps 73 54 2 1/2

 

 

Washington Nationals 72 56 4

 

 

New York Yankees 60 63 13 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 58 64 15

 

 

Chicago White Sox 57 67 17

 

 

Detroit Tigers 55 71 20

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 52 76 24

 

 

 
1917 RED SOX 1919 RED SOX
 

EDDIE GRANT MEMORIAL
AT THE POLO GROUNDS

While many players performing stateside duties were accused of receiving preferential treatment, others in Europe clearly were not.  Grover Cleveland Alexander, one of the game’s best pitchers of the day, served the front lines of France and suffered from shellshock, loss of hearing, and developed symptoms of epilepsy that later would drive him toward alcohol abuse.

Ty Cobb and Christy Mathewson were part of a gas defense drill gone horribly wrong; Cobb escaped unharmed, but Mathewson inhaled a fair amount of poison gas. He gradually deteriorated and died of tuberculosis seven years later at the age of 45.  Five men with major league experience died in battle, including Eddie Grant, a veteran National League infielder.

Rumor abounded that if war continued into 1919, the majors would cease operations completely. It became a moot point when Germany formally surrendered on November 11, 1918, ending the Great War (World War I)

Major league owners had already done what they could to recoup their losses from the war-shortened campaign of 1918. When the season ended on September 1st, they released al players as free agents, and then with a wink and a nod to one another, signed them back to the same teams for the 1919 season, in effect saving $200,000 in player salaries they otherwise would have had to pay.  When the ballplayers returned to life as normal, they fumed over the lost wages again setting the stage for the Chicago "Black" Sox scandal.