THE LAST ONE FOR 86 YEARS
The Red Sox win the American League Pennant
August 31, 1918 ...
A 6 to 1 victory over the Philadelphia Athletics in the first half of a doubleheader, brought the American League championship back to Boston. They lost the second game 1-0 with Jack "Mule" Watson holding the Sox to only one hit, that by Sam Sam Agnew in the sixth inning. They were two great contests
to watch. Sensational plays followed each other rapidly.
Babe Ruth pitched in the opener for the Red Sox and held Philly three blows, and they rung up to of those in the opening inning when they were making their one run. After that, the Babe was invincible. After resting for the first few innings of the second game he went
in to play centerfield. In the first game he pasted one to deep center field which Merlito Acosta dropped up against the fence.
The Sox hit Watson hard in the first game, Stuffy McInnis getting to him for three hits, but in the second game he pitched again and held them in the palm of his hand. Joe Bush pitched the first six innings for the Sox and the Macks scored their run off him.
As the second contest progressed manager Ed Barrow started making changes using 15 different players. The Athletics scored in the sixth on hits by Merlin Kopp and Acosta, and errors by Joe Bush and Jack Coffey.
At 7 o'clock tonight, under orders from manager Ed Barrow, Carl Mays, Joe Bush and Sam Agnew left Boston for Pittsburgh, where they will scout the Cubs during the games they play against the Pirates. Barrow and Heinie Wagner left for New York, and when asked about the
possibility of using Fred Thomas to play third base, because he expects to obtain a furlough to play in the World Series, Barrow had no comment.