This Day In History: Sox Begin 1918 World Series

This Day In History: Sox Begin 1918 World Series

By Kevin J. Stone/@kstone06

102 years ago today, the 1918 World Series began in Chicago.

The Sox of course went on to win that series, but since this year’s team has given us nothing to talk about, I thought it’d be cool to look back on Game One.

The amazing thing about that championship is that no one had any idea how long it would be until the next one. The infamous Babe Ruth trade might have had just a little bit to do with it. Still, to think about how much has happened in Boston sports history in the last 102 years is absolutely mind-blowing.

On the anniversary of the series that started such an incredible story, here’s how it looked on 09/05/1918.


Speaking of Babe Ruth, he got the 1-0 win in Game One at Chicago’s Comiskey Park. 19,274 people saw Ruth go nine innings for the win. Ruth only had four strikeouts, but he walked one and only gave up six hits in the shut out.

Hippo Vaughn (seriously) was the tough-luck loser in the loss. Vaughn also went nine, giving up three walks and five hits while striking out six.


The Sox were just 5-for-28 in this game, but when you’ve got Ruth on the mound one is probably all you need.

Harry Hooper RF

Dave Shean 2B

Amos Strunk CF

George Whiteman LF

Stuffy McInnis 1B

Everett Scott SS

Fred Thomas 3B

Sam Agnew C

Babe Ruth P

Must be nice to have Babe Ruth as your No. 9 hitter huh? Ruth actually had a rough day at the plate, striking out twice and being hit by a pitch. Whiteman was the only guy in the lineup with two hits on the day. Hooper, Shean, and McInnis had the others.


The only run of the game came in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI single from McInnis. Shean led off with a walk, and after Strunk popped up a bunt attempt, Whiteman singled to move him to second. McInnis soon drove him in with a single to left for the winning run.

Ruth only gave up two hits from that point on.


There you have it, a brief look back at Game One of the 1918 World Series 102 years ago to the day. The series would ultimately become torture for Red Sox fans ears for almost nine decades, but it can now be looked back on fondly.

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