1918 Major League Baseball season

The 1918 Major League Baseball season featured a reduced schedule due to American participation in World War I.[1]

1918 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationApril 15 – September 11, 1918
Pennant Winners
AL championsBoston Red Sox
  AL runners-upCleveland Indians
NL championsChicago Cubs
  NL runners-upNew York Giants
World Series
ChampionsBoston Red Sox
  Runners-upChicago Cubs

Statistical leaders

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Ty Cobb DET .382 Zack Wheat BKN .335
HR Babe Ruth BSR
Tillie Walker
12 Gavvy Cravath PHP 8
RBI Bobby Veach DET 78 Sherry Magee CIN 76
Wins Walter Johnson WSH 23 Claude Hendrix CHC 20
ERA Walter Johnson WSH 1.27 Hippo Vaughn CHC 1.74
SO Walter Johnson WSH 162 Hippo Vaughn CHC 148
SV George Mogridge NYY 7 Joe Oeschger PHP
Wilbur Cooper PIT
Fred Anderson NYG
Fred Toney CIN/NYG
SB George Sisler SLB 45 Max Carey PIT 58

Major league baseball final standings

American League final 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 0.562 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

National League final standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago Cubs 84 45 0.651 49–25 35–20
New York Giants 71 53 0.573 10½ 35–21 36–32
Cincinnati Reds 68 60 0.531 15½ 46–24 22–36
Pittsburgh Pirates 65 60 0.520 17 42–28 23–32
Brooklyn Robins 57 69 0.452 25½ 33–21 24–48
Philadelphia Phillies 55 68 0.447 26 27–29 28–39
Boston Braves 53 71 0.427 28½ 23–29 30–42
St. Louis Cardinals 51 78 0.395 33 32–40 19–38


American League

Team Manager Comments
Boston Red Sox Ed Barrow
Chicago White Sox Pants Rowland
Cleveland Indians Lee Fohl
Detroit Tigers Hughie Jennings
New York Yankees Miller Huggins
Philadelphia Athletics Connie Mack
St. Louis Browns Fielder Jones, Jimmy Austin, and Jimmy Burke
Washington Senators Clark Griffith

National League

Team Manager Comments
Boston Braves George Stallings
Brooklyn Robins Wilbert Robinson
Chicago Cubs Fred Mitchell
Cincinnati Reds Christy Mathewson
New York Giants John McGraw
Philadelphia Phillies Pat Moran
Pittsburgh Pirates Hugo Bezdek
St. Louis Cardinals Jack Hendricks

World Series

The Red Sox defeated the Cubs, four games to two.

Notable events

  • September 2 - In the last game of the season, against the Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers centrefielder Ty Cobb fields at third base and also pitches, yielding three hits and one run in two innings.[2]


  1. ^ http://www.thisgreatgame.com/1918-baseball-history.html
  2. ^ Paschal, John. "Once Upon A Time: When Hall of Famers Go One-And-Done". tht.fangraphs.com. Retrieved April 2, 2019.

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1918 Boston Braves season

The 1918 Boston Braves season was the 48th season of the franchise. The Braves finished seventh in the National League with a record of 53 wins and 71 losses.

1918 Boston Red Sox season

The 1918 Boston Red Sox season was the eighteenth season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished first in the American League (AL) with a record of 75 wins and 51 losses, in a season cut short due to World War I. The team then faced the National League (NL) champion Chicago Cubs in the 1918 World Series, which the Red Sox won in six games to capture the franchise's fifth World Series. This would be the last World Series championship for the Red Sox until 2004.

The Red Sox' 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, leading the AL in home runs and slugging percentage.

1918 Brooklyn Robins season

The 1918 Brooklyn Robins finished the season in fifth place.

1918 Chicago Cubs season

The 1918 Chicago Cubs season was the 47th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 43rd in the National League and the 3rd at Wrigley Field (then known as "Weeghman Park"). The Cubs finished first in the National League with a record of 84–45, 10.5 games ahead of the second place New York Giants. The team was defeated four games to two by the Boston Red Sox in the 1918 World Series.

1918 Chicago White Sox season

Depleted of most of their stars due to World War I, the Chicago White Sox had a relatively bad year in 1918, going 57–67 and finishing in the second division. They had won the American League pennant in 1917 and would win another in 1919.

1918 Cincinnati Reds season

The 1918 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The team finished third in the National League with a record of 68–60, 15½ games behind the Chicago Cubs.

1918 Cleveland Indians season

The 1918 Cleveland Indians season was a season in American baseball. The team finished second in the American League with a record of 73–54, 2½ games behind the Boston Red Sox.

1918 Detroit Tigers season

The 1918 Detroit Tigers season was a season in American baseball. The team finished seventh in the American League with a record of 55–71, 20 games behind the Boston Red Sox.

1918 New York Giants season

The 1918 New York Giants season was the franchise's 36th season. The team finished in second place in the National League with a 71-53 record, 10½ games behind the Chicago Cubs.

1918 New York Yankees season

The 1918 New York Yankees season was the 17th season for the Yankees. The team finished with a record of 60–63, finishing 13.5 games behind the American League champion Boston Red Sox. New York was managed by Miller Huggins. Their home games were played at the Polo Grounds.

1918 Philadelphia Athletics season

The 1918 Philadelphia Athletics season involved the A's finishing 8th in the American League with a record of 52 wins and 76 losses.

1918 Philadelphia Phillies season

The following lists the events of the 1918 Philadelphia Phillies season.

1918 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 1918 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 37th season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 32nd in the National League. The Pirates finished fourth in the league standings with a record of 65–60.

1918 St. Louis Browns season

The 1918 St. Louis Browns season involved the Browns finishing 5th in the American League with a record of 58 wins and 64 losses.

1918 St. Louis Cardinals season

The 1918 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 37th season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 27th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 51–78 during the season and finished 8th in the National League. It would be the last time the Cardinals would finish in last place until 1990, when they finished sixth in the National League East.

1918 Washington Senators season

The 1918 Washington Senators won 72 games, lost 56, and finished in third place in the American League. They were managed by Clark Griffith and played home games at National Park.

1918 World Series

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 Red Sox scored only nine runs in the entire Series, the fewest runs by the winning team in World Series history. Along with the 1906 and 1907 World Series (both of which the Cubs also played in), the 1918 World Series is one of only three Fall Classics where neither team hit a home run.

The 1918 Series was played under several metaphorical dark clouds. The Series was held early in September because of 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.

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 then 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.

The 1918 World Series marked the first time "The Star Spangled Banner" was performed at a major league game. During the seventh-inning stretch of Game 1, the band began playing the song because the country was involved in World War I. The song would be named the national anthem of the United States in 1931, and during World War II its playing would become a regular pre-game feature of baseball games and other sporting events. The winning pitcher of Game 1 was Babe Ruth, who pitched a shutout.

The 1918 championship would be the last Red Sox win until 2004. The drought of 86 years was often attributed to the Curse of the Bambino. The alleged curse came to be when Red Sox owner Harry Frazee 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.

The Cubs would not win their next World Series until 2016. The Cubs, who last won in 1908, won the National League but lost the Series in 1918, 1929, 1932, 1935, 1938, and 1945, and, allegedly stymied by the infamous Curse of the Billy Goat imposed during that latter Series. 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 then won again in 2007, 2013 and 2018. When the Red Sox won in 2018 (against the Los Angeles Dodgers), they became the first team to ever win the Fall Classic exactly one century apart.

After Game 6, it would be some 87 years until the Cubs and Red Sox would play again. A three-game interleague matchup at Wrigley Field began June 10, 2005, and was Boston's first ever visit to the park. The Cubs would not return to Fenway Park for nearly 94 years until a three-game interleague matchup beginning May 20, 2011.

† For the first time in the Series, all four umpires worked in the infield on a rotating basis. In previous Series from 1909 through 1917, two of the four umpires had been positioned in the outfield for each game, in addition to the standard plate umpire and base umpire.

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