1918 BOSTON RED SOX
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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|
|03/29/1918||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|
|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|
|04/19/1918||4-0||1st||+1 1/2||New York Yankees||W||2-1||Joe Bush||1-0|
|04/20/1918||6-0||1st||+2||New York Yankees||W||4-3||Carl Mays||2-0|
|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|
|04/30/1918||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|
|05/13/1918||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|
|05/20/1918||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|
|05/27/1918||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|
|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||
|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|
|06/19/1918||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|
|06/23/1918||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|
|07/02/1918||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|
|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|
|07/08/1918||43-31||1st||+1 1/2||Cleveland Indians||W||1-0||Sam Jones||7-3|
|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|
|07/15/1918||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|
|07/22/1918||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|
|07/25/1918||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|
|08/06/1918||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|
|08/10/1918||63-42||1st||+3 1/2||New York Yankees||L||5-1||Joe Bush||14-12|
|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|
|08/14/1918||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|
|08/26/1918||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|
|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|
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|
Players receive their checks and autograph many baseballs before heading home
|1918 RED SOX BATTING & PITCHING|
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.