1918 World Series

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The 1918 World Series featured the Boston Red Sox, who defeated the Chicago Cubs four games to two. The Series victory for the Red Sox was their fifth in five tries, going back to 1903.

The 1918 Series was played under several metaphorical dark clouds. The Series was held early in September due to the World War I "Work or Fight" order that forced the premature end of the regular season on September 1, and remains the only World Series to be played entirely in September. The Series was marred by players threatening to strike due to low gate receipts. There were also rumors of a "fix",but there was no solid evidence and, with the war dominating the news, nothing came of it. It would be another season before baseball's relationship with gambling would erupt in a major scandal. Pete Alexander of the Cubs did not play in the Series.

The Chicago home games in the series were played at Comiskey Park, which had a greater seating capacity than Weeghman Park, the prior home of the Federal League Chicago Whales that the Cubs were now using and which would be rechristened Wrigley Field in 1925. The Red Sox had played their home games in the 1915 and 1916 World Series in the more expansive Braves Field, but they returned to Fenway Park for the 1918 series.

1918 would be the last Red Sox World Series Championship until 2004. The drought of 86 years was often attributed to the Curse of the Bambino. The alleged curse came to be when the Red Sox traded the superbly talented but troublesome Babe Ruth (who was instrumental in their 1918 victory) to the New York Yankees for cash after the 1919 season.

Through the 2008 season, the Cubs are still waiting to win their next World Series. The Cubs, who last won in 1908, won the National League but lost the Series in 1929, 1932, 1935, 1938, and 1945. The Red Sox, who had won the American League but lost the Series in 1946, 1967, 1975, and 1986, finally won the World Series in 2004 and 2007.


1918 World Series-Game 1

Date Sept. 5th, 1918
Location Comiskey Park
Attendance 19,274

1918 World Series Game 1-Line Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0


1918 World Series Game 1-Box Score

Boston Red Sox 1, Chicago Cubs 0

Boston Red Sox Chicago Cubs
Player ab r h rbi Player ab r h rbi
Hooper rf 4 0 1 0 Flack rf 3 0 1 0
Shean 2b 2 1 1 0 Hollocher ss 3 0 0 0
Strunk cf 3 0 0 0 Mann lf 4 0 1 0
Whiteman lf 4 0 2 0 Paskert cf 4 0 2 0
McInnis 1b 2 0 1 1 Merkle 1b 3 0 1 0
Scott ss 4 0 0 0 Pick 2b 3 0 0 0
Thomas 3b 3 0 0 0 O'Farrell ph 1 0 0 0
Agnew c 3 0 0 0 Deal 3b 4 0 1 0
Ruth p 3 0 0 0 McCabe pr 0 0 0 0
- - - - - Killefer c 4 0 0 0
- - - - - Vaughn p 3 0 0 0
Total 28 1 5 1 Total 32 0 6 0
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Boston Red Sox IP H R ER BB SO
Ruth W(1-0) 9.0 6 0 0 1 4
Total 9.0 6 0 0 1 4
Chicago Cubs IP H R ER BB SO
Vaughn L(0-1) 9.0 5 1 1 3 6
Total 9.0 5 1 1 3 6

E–None. SH–McInnis (1,off Vaughn); Strunk (1,off Vaughn); Hollocher (1,off Ruth). IBB–McInnis (1,by Vaughn). HBP–Flack (1,by Ruth). CS–Hooper (1,2nd base by Vaughn/Killefer). HBP–Ruth (1,Flack). IBB–Vaughn (1,McInnis). U-HP–Hank O'Day (NL), 1B–George Hildebrand (AL), 2B–Bill Klem (NL), 3B–Brick Owens (AL). T–1:50. A–19,274.


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1918 World Series-Game 2

Date Sept. 6th, 1918
Location Comiskey Park
Attendance 20,040

1918 World Series Game 2-Line Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 6 1
Chicago 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 x 3 7 1


1918 World Series Game 2-Box Score

Boston Red Sox 1, Chicago Cubs 3

Boston Red Sox Chicago Cubs
Player ab r h rbi Player ab r h rbi
Hooper rf 3 0 1 0 Flack rf 4 0 2 0
Shean 2b 4 0 1 0 Hollocher ss 4 0 1 0
Strunk cf 4 1 1 0 Mann lf 4 0 0 0
Whiteman lf 3 0 1 1 Paskert cf 4 0 0 0
McInnis 1b 4 0 1 0 Merkle 1b 2 1 1 0
Scott ss 2 0 0 0 Pick 2b 2 1 1 0
Thomas 3b 3 0 0 0 Deal 3b 2 0 0 0
Dubuc ph 1 0 0 0 Killifer c 2 1 1 1
Agnew c 2 0 0 0 Tyler p 3 0 1 2
Schang ph,c 2 0 1 0 - - - - -
Bush p 2 0 0 0 - - - - -
Total 30 1 6 1 Total 27 3 7 3
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 6 1
Chicago 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 x 3 7 1
Boston Red Sox IP H R ER BB SO
Bush L(0-1) 8.0 7 3 3 3 0
Total 8.0 7 3 3 3 0
Chicago Cubs IP H R ER BB SO
Tyler W(1-0) 9.0 6 1 1 4 2
Total 9.0 6 1 1 4 2

E–Whiteman (1), Deal (1). DP–Chicago 2. 2B–Chicago Killefer (1,off Bush). 3B–Boston Strunk (1,off Tyler); Whiteman (1,off Tyler), Chicago Hollocher (1,off Bush). SH–Scott (1,off Tyler); Deal (1,off Bush). CS–Hooper (2,2nd base by Tyler/Killefer); Flack (1,2nd base by Bush/Agnew); Pick (1,2nd base by Bush/Agnew); Merkle (1,2nd base by Bush/Agnew). U-HP–George Hildebrand (AL), 1B–Bill Klem (NL), 2B–Brick Owens (AL), 3B–Hank O'Day (NL). T–1:58. A–20,040.


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1918 World Series-Game 3

Date Sept. 7th, 1918
Location Comiskey Park
Attendance 27,054

1918 World Series Game 3-Line Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 0
Chicago 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 7 1


1918 World Series Game 3-Box Score

Boston Red Sox 2, Chicago Cubs 1

Boston Red Sox Chicago Cubs
Player ab r h rbi Player ab r h rbi
Hooper rf 3 0 1 0 Flack rf 3 0 0 0
Shean 2b 4 0 0 0 Hollocher ss 3 0 0 0
Strunk cf 4 0 0 0 Mann lf 4 0 2 0
Whiteman lf 3 1 1 0 Paskert cf 4 0 1 0
McInnis 1b 4 1 1 0 Merkle 1b 4 0 0 0
Schang c 4 0 2 1 Pick 2b 4 1 2 0
Scott ss 4 0 1 1 Deal 3b 3 0 1 0
Thomas 3b 3 0 1 0 Barber ph 0 0 0 0
Mays p 3 0 0 0 Killefer 3 0 1 1
- - - - - Vaughn p 3 0 0 0
Total 32 2 7 2 Total 31 1 7 1
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 0
Chicago 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 x 2 8 2
Boston Red Sox IP H R ER BB SO
Mays W(1-0) 9.0 7 1 1 1 4
Total 9.0 7 1 1 1 4
Chicago Cubs IP H R ER BB SO
Vaughn L(0-2) 9.0 7 2 2 1 7
Total 9.0 7 2 2 1 7

E–Hollocher (1). DP–Chicago 2. PB–Schang (1). 2B–Chicago Mann (1,off Mays); Pick (1,off Mays). HBP–Whiteman (1,by Vaughn). SH–Hollocher (2,off Mays). SB–Whiteman (1,2nd base off Vaughn/Killefer); Schang (1,2nd base off Vaughn/Killefer); Pick (1,2nd base off Mays/Schang). CS–Killefer (1,2nd base by Mays/Schang). HBP–Vaughn (1,Whiteman). U-HP–Bill Klem (NL), 1B–Brick Owens (AL), 2B–Hank O'Day (NL), 3B–George Hildebrand (AL). T–1:57. A–27,054.


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1918 World Series-Game 4

Date Sept. 9th, 1918
Location Fenway Park
Attendance 22,183

1918 World Series Game 4-Line Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 7 1
Boston 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 x 3 4 0


1918 World Series Game 4-Box Score

Chicago Cubs 2, Boston Red Sox 3

Chicago Cubs Boston Red Sox
Player ab r h rbi Player ab r h rbi
Flack rf 4 0 1 0 Hooper rf 3 0 0 0
Hollocher ss 4 0 0 1 Shean 2b 3 0 1 0
Mann lf 4 0 1 1 Strunk cf 4 0 0 0
Paskert cf 4 0 0 0 Whiteman lf 3 1 0 0
Merkle 1b 3 0 1 0 Bush p 0 0 0 0
Pick 2b 2 0 2 0 McInnis 1b 3 1 1 0
Zeider ph,3b 0 0 0 0 Ruth p,lf 2 0 1 2
Deal 3b 2 0 1 0 Scott ss 3 0 0 0
O'Farrell ph 1 0 0 0 Thomas 3b 3 0 0 0
Wortman 2b 1 0 0 0 Agnew c 2 0 0 0
Killefer c 2 1 0 0 Schang ph,c 1 1 1 0
Barber ph 1 0 0 0 - - - - -
Tyler p 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Hendrix ph 1 0 1 0 - - - - -
McCabe pr 0 1 0 0 - - - - -
Douglas p 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Total 29 2 7 2 Total 27 3 4 2
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 7 1
Boston 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 x 3 4 0
Chicago Cubs IP H R ER BB SO
Tyler 7.0 3 2 2 2 1
Douglas L(0-1) 1.0 1 1 0 0 0
Total 8.0 4 3 2 2 1
Boston Red Sox IP H R ER BB SO
Ruth W(2-0) 8.0 7 2 2 6 0
Bush SV(1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 9.0 7 2 2 6 0

E–Douglas (1). DP–Boston 3. PB–Killefer (1). 2B–Boston Shean (1,off Tyler). 3B–Boston Ruth (1,off Tyler). SH–Ruth (1,off Tyler); Hooper (1,off Douglas). SB–Shean (1,2nd base off Tyler/Killefer). WP–Ruth (1). U-HP–Brick Owens (AL), 1B–Hank O'Day (NL), 2B–George Hildebrand (AL), 3B–Bill Klem (NL). T–1:50. A–22,183.


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1918 World Series-Game 5

Date Sept. 10th, 1918
Location Fenway Park
Attendance 24,694

1918 World Series Game 5-Line Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 7 0
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0

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1918 World Series Game 5-Box Score

Chicago Cubs 3, Boston Red Sox 0

Chicago Cubs Boston Red Sox
Player ab r h rbi Player ab r h rbi
Flack rf 2 1 0 0 Hooper rf 4 0 1 0
Hollocher ss 3 2 3 0 Shean 2b 3 0 1 0
Mann lf 3 0 1 1 Strunk cf 4 0 1 0
Paskert cf 3 0 1 2 Whiteman lf 3 0 1 0
Merkle 1b 3 0 1 0 McInnis 1b 3 0 0 0
Pick 2b 4 0 1 0 Scott ss 3 0 0 0
Deal 3b 4 0 0 0 Thomas 3b 3 0 1 0
Killefer c 4 0 0 0 Agnew c 2 0 0 0
Vaughn p 4 0 0 0 Schang ph,c 1 0 0 0
- - - - - Jones p 1 0 0 0
- - - - - Miller ph 1 0 0 0
Total 30 3 7 3 Total 28 0 5 0
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 7 0
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Chicago Cubs IP H R ER BB SO
Vaughn W(1-2) 9.0 5 0 0 1 4
Total 9.0 5 0 0 1 4
Boston Red Sox IP H R ER BB SO
Jones L(0-1) 9.0 7 3 3 5 5
Total 9.0 7 3 3 5 5

E–None. DP–Chicago 3, Boston 1. 2B–Chicago Mann (2,off Jones); Paskert (1,off Jones), Boston Strunk (1,off Vaughn). SH–Mann (1,off Jones); Shean (1,off Vaughn). SB–Hollocher (1,2nd base off Jones/Agnew). U-HP–Hank O'Day (NL), 1B–George Hildebrand (AL), 2B–Bill Klem (NL), 3B–Brick Owens (AL). T–1:42. A–24,694.


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1918 World Series-Game 6

Date Sept. 11th, 1918
Location Fenway Park
Attendance 15,238

1918 World Series Game 6-Line Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2
Boston 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 x 2 5 0

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1918 World Series Game 6-Box Score

Chicago Cubs 1, Boston Red Sox 2

Chicago Cubs Boston Red Sox
Player ab r h rbi Player ab r h rbi
Flack rf 3 1 1 0 Hooper rf 3 0 0 0
Hollocher ss 4 0 0 0 Shean 2b 3 1 0 0
Mann lf 3 0 0 0 Strunk cf 4 0 2 0
Paskert cf 2 0 0 0 Whiteman lf 4 0 0 0
Merkle 1b 3 0 1 1 Ruth lf 0 0 0 0
Pick 2b 3 0 1 0 McInnis 1b 4 0 1 0
Deal 3b 2 0 0 0 Scott ss 4 0 1 0
Barber ph 1 0 0 0 Thomas 3b 2 0 0 0
Zeider 3b 0 0 0 0 Schang c 1 0 0 0
Killefer c 2 0 0 0 Mays p 2 1 1 0
O'Farrell ph,c 1 0 0 0 - - - - -
Tyler p 2 0 0 0 - - - - -
McCabe ph 1 0 0 0 - - - - -
Hendrix p 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Total 27 1 3 1 Total 27 2 5 0
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2
Boston 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 x 2 5 0
Chicago Cubs IP H R ER BB SO
Tyler L(1-1) 7.0 5 2 0 5 1
Hendrix 1.0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 8.0 5 2 0 5 1
Boston Red Sox IP H R ER BB SO
Mays W(2-0) 9.0 3 1 1 2 1
Total 9.0 3 1 1 2 1

E–Flack (1), Tyler (1). HBP–Mann (1,by Mays). SH–Hooper (2,off Tyler); Thomas (1,off Tyler). SB–Flack (1,3rd base off Mays/Schang). CS–Mann (1,2nd base by Mays/Schang); Schang (1,2nd base by Tyler/Killefer). HBP–Mays (1,Mann). U-HP–George Hildebrand (AL), 1B–Bill Klem (NL), 2B–Brick Owens (AL), 3B–Hank O'Day (NL). T–1:46. A–15,238.


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Boston Red Sox Team Hitting Stats

Players Name Pos GM AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI Avg BB SO SB
Sam Agnew c 4 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1 0 0
Joe Bush p 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Jean Dubuc ph 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 1 0
Harry Hooper of 6 20 4 0 0 0 0 0 .200 2 2 0
Sam Jones p 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1 0 0
Carl Mays p 2 5 1 0 0 0 1 0 .200 1 0 0
Stuffy McInnis 1b 6 20 5 0 0 0 2 1 .250 1 1 0
Hack Miller ph 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Babe Ruth p,of 3 5 1 0 1 0 0 2 .200 0 2 0
Wally Schang c 5 9 4 0 0 0 1 1 .444 2 3 1
Everett Scott ss 6 20 2 0 0 0 0 1 .100 1 1 0
Dave Shean 2b 6 19 4 1 0 0 2 0 .211 4 3 1
Amos Strunk of 6 23 4 1 1 0 1 0 .174 0 5 0
Fred Thomas 3b 6 17 2 0 0 0 0 0 .118 1 2 0
George Whiteman of 6 20 5 0 1 0 2 1 .250 2 1 1
AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI Avg BB SO SB
Total 172 32 2 3 0 9 6 .186 16 21 3

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Boston Red Sox Team Pitching Stats

Players Name W L G GS CG S SH IP ERA H SO ER BB
Joe Bush 0 1 2 1 1 1 0 9.0 3.00 7 0 3 3
Sam Jones 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 9.0 3.00 7 5 3 5
Carl Mays 2 0 2 2 2 0 0 18.0 1.00 10 5 2 3
Babe Ruth 2 0 2 2 1 0 1 17.0 1.06 13 4 2 7
W L G GS CG S SH IP ERA H SO ER BB
Total 4 2 7 6 5 1 1 53.0 1.70 37 14 10 18

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Chicago Cubs Team Hitting Stats

Players Name Pos G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI Avg BB SO SB
Turner Barber ph 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Charlie Deal 3b 6 17 3 0 0 0 0 0 .176 0 1 0
Phil Douglas p 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Max Flack of 6 19 5 0 0 0 2 0 .263 4 1 0
Claude Hendrix p 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 1
Charlie Hollocher ss 6 21 4 0 1 0 2 1 .190 1 1 0
Bill Killefer c 6 17 2 1 0 0 2 2 .118 2 0 1
Les Mann of 6 22 5 2 0 0 0 2 .227 0 0 0
Bill McCabe ph 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 0 0 0
Fred Merkle 1b 6 18 5 0 0 0 1 1 .278 4 3 0
Bob O'Farrell c 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Dode Paskert of 6 21 4 1 0 0 0 2 .190 2 2 0
Charlie Pick 2b 6 18 7 1 0 0 2 0 .389 1 1 1
Lefty Tyler p 3 5 1 0 0 0 0 2 .200 2 0 0
Hippo Vaughn p 3 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 5 0
Chuck Wortman 2b 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Rollie Zeider 3b 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 2 0 0
Pos G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI Avg BB SO SB
Total 197 54 6 0 1 21 17 .274 11 28 6

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1918 World Series

Chicago Cubs Team Pitching Stats

Players Name W L G GS CG S SH IP ERA H SO ER BB
Phil Douglas 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1.0 0.00 1 0 0 0
Claude Hendrix 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1.0 0.00 0 0 0 0
Lefty Tyler 1 1 3 3 1 0 0 23.0 1.17 14 4 3 4
Hippo Vaughn 1 2 3 3 3 0 1 27.0 1.00 17 17 3 17
W L G GS CG S SH IP ERA H SO ER BB
Total 4 2 10 6 4 0 0 52.0 2.77 51 27 16 6

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