THE LAST ONE FOR 86 YEARS
Carl Mays takes the Sox to the brink of winning it all
August 30, 1918 ...
It was Carl Mays day at Fenway Park, and almost 5000 fans saw his submarine ball dominate the Athletics. The first game was a romp, the Sox registering a 12 to 0 victory. The second game they copped 4 to 1. It was plain to see before the first game got going, that the Macks would never
catch the boys from Fenway and Mays just stuck the ball over the plate, taking it easy, and grooming himself for the encore in the afternoon, when he faced Scott Perry.
Mays had a fine day, pitching and hitting well, fielding his position with his normal class. He now has turned 21 victories and will probably not work anymore games between now and the World Series. Ed Barrow is reserving him to battle Hippo Vaughn in the opening joust
The first game was a crazy sort of an affair, with Philly making eight errors and numerous mental slips. Young Roy Johnson pitched the first two innings and then Connie Mack commandeered right fielder Charlie Jamieson for pitching service. After Scott Perry worked seven
innings in the second game, he was sent to the showers and Johnson was again called upon.
Babe Ruth returned today and his double in the first inning of the first game pushed two runs over. He made some good catches, and in fact, the entire Sox club played smartly in the field all day. Everett Scott had his usual particular shining performance.
In the first game it was just one run after another and between the wildness of the A's pitchers and the errors, the Sox did not have to hit the ball to win, but they smashed the ball safely 11 times.
One more Red Sox victory or Cleveland loss will give them the American League pennant. Baseball is picking up in its contribution prominent players for war service, with men such as Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, Tris Speaker, and Eddie Collins, going into the service
recently joining Hank Gowdy, Grover Alexander, Hal Janvrin and the many others who are doing their bit over there.