Record: 75-51, Finished 1st in American League (1918 AL)
World Series Champs
Managed by Ed Barrow
Ballpark: Fenway Park
A plaque commemorating Boston's 1918 World Series victory stands outside Fenway Park
The 1918 Boston Red Sox won the World Series in six games over the Chicago Cubs at the end of a season cut short by the United States' entry in World War I. The season ended on September 1st and the series was wrapped up on September 11th. It was famously the Red Sox's last World Series win in the 20th Century, their next triumph only coming in 2004.
Following the World Series, a team dubbing itself as the Red Sox played a stories of barnstorming games against teams on the East Coast. Only three members of the World Series-winning squad were members of that outfit, P Joe Bush, OF Amos Strunk and C Wally Schang; the rest of the team consisted of other current or former major leaguers, so while it was not the World Championship squad, it was still a good team. This was in direct contradiction of a rule edicted preventing World Series teams from barnstorming, and the three Red Sox players identified were duly punished by the league office. However, this was not before the "Red Sox" played the Hilldale Club, a prominent Negro team based in Darby, PA, on September 14th. It was the only time the Red Sox ever played a colored team in their long history. They lost the game by forfeit, as they refused to play the bottom of the 9th while holding a 4-3 lead over their opponents.
||Red Sox – 1, Cubs – 0
||Red Sox – 1, Cubs – 3
||Red Sox – 2, Cubs – 1
||Cubs – 2, Red Sox – 3
||Cubs – 3, Red Sox – 0
||Cubs – 1, Red Sox – 2
- Bill Nowlin: "The One Time the 'Boston Red Sox' Played a Black Team: September 14, 1918: Hilldale Club 9, 'Boston Red Sox' 0, at Hilldale Park in Darby, Pennsylvania", in Baseball Research Journal, SABR, Vol. 50, Nr. 1 (Spring 2021), pp. 80-84.
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