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1918 Boston Red Sox season

1918 Boston Red Sox
1918 World Series Champions
1918 American League Champions
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Owner(s) Harry Frazee
Manager(s) Ed Barrow
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The 1918 Boston Red Sox season involved the Red Sox finishing 1st in the American League with a record of 75 wins and 51 losses. The season was cut short due to World War I. They defeated the Chicago Cubs in 6 games in the World Series. This would be the last World Series victory for the Red Sox until 2004, losing in the World Series in 1946, 1967, 1975, and 1986. It would be the last World Series victory for the Red Sox at Fenway Park until winning the Championship at home in 2013.

Their pitching staff, led by Carl Mays and Bullet Joe Bush, allowed the fewest runs in the league. Babe Ruth was the fourth starter and also spent significant time in the outfield, as he was the best hitter on the team. He led the AL in home runs and slugging percentage.

Regular season

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Red Sox 75 51 0.595 49–21 26–30
Cleveland Indians 73 54 0.575 38–22 35–32
Washington Senators 72 56 0.563 4 41–32 31–24
New York Yankees 60 63 0.488 13½ 37–29 23–34
St. Louis Browns 58 64 0.475 15 23–30 35–34
Chicago White Sox 57 67 0.460 17 30–26 27–41
Detroit Tigers 55 71 0.437 20 28–29 27–42
Philadelphia Athletics 52 76 0.406 24 35–32 17–44


Opening Day lineup

Harry Hooper RF
Dave Shean 2B
Amos Strunk CF
Dick Hoblitzel 1B
Stuffy McInnis 3B
George Whiteman LF
Everett Scott SS
Sam Agnew C
Babe Ruth P

Roster

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
2B Shean, DaveDave Shean 115 425 112 .264 0 34
OF Strunk, AmosAmos Strunk 114 413 106 .257 0 35
OF Hooper, HarryHarry Hooper 126 474 137 .289 1 44

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Ruth, BabeBabe Ruth 90 317 95 .300 11 66
Hoblitzel, DickDick Hoblitzel 25 69 11 .159 0 4
Cochran, GeorgeGeorge Cochran 24 60 7 .117 0 3

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Player G IP W L ERA SO
Mays, CarlCarl Mays 35 293.1 21 13 2.21 114
Bush, JoeJoe Bush 36 272.2 15 15 2.11 125
Jones, SamSam Jones 24 184 16 5 2.25 44
Ruth, BabeBabe Ruth 20 166.1 13 7 2.22 40
Leonard, DutchDutch Leonard 16 125.2 8 6 2.72 47
Bader, LoreLore Bader 5 27 1 3 3.33 10

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dubuc, JeanJean Dubuc 2 10.2 0 1 4.22 1

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Player G W L SV ERA SO
Kinney, WaltWalt Kinney 5 0 0 0 1.80 4

Awards and honors

League top ten finishers

Bullet Joe Bush

  • #3 strikeouts (125)
  • #5 earned run average (2.11)

Harry Hooper

  • #3 runs scored (81)

Carl Mays

  • #3 wins (21)
  • #5 strikeouts (114)

Babe Ruth

  • #1 home runs (11)
  • #1 slugging percentage (.555)
  • #2 on-base percentage (.411)
  • #3 runs batted in (66)

1918 World Series

AL Boston Red Sox (4) vs. NL Chicago Cubs (2)
Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Red Sox – 1, Cubs – 0 September 5 Comiskey Park 19,274
2 Red Sox – 1, Cubs – 3 September 6 Comiskey Park 20,040
3 Red Sox – 2, Cubs – 1 September 7 Comiskey Park 27,054
4 Cubs – 2, Red Sox – 3 September 9 Fenway Park 22,183
5 Cubs – 3, Red Sox – 0 September 10 Fenway Park 24,694
6 Cubs – 1, Red Sox – 2 September 11 Fenway Park 15,238

External links

  • 1918 Boston Red Sox team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1918 Boston Red Sox season at baseball-almanac.com


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