1918 Season News

The American League season opened with Boston Red Sox ace Babe Ruth pitching a four-hit, 7-1 victory over the Philadelphia Athletics. Shortly after, manager Ed Barrow started Ruth's conversion to slugger by working him into seventy-two games as an outfielder-first baseman.

On April 18th, Cleveland Indian's centerfielder Tris Speaker turned an unassisted double play against the Detroit Tigers. Eleven days later, Speaker duplicated the feat against Chicago for the fourth solo-DP of his career and a franchise record that he would later share with teammate Elmer Smith.

During the 1918 season, Washington Senators ace Walter "The Big Train" Johnson completed fifteen extra-inning games, including two of eighteen innings, one of sixteen innings, and another of fifteen innings.

On October 5th, National League infielder Eddie Grant became the first Major League player killed in wartime action while leading a mission in the Argonne Forest offensive to rescue the "Lost Battalion" who was trapped behind German lines. Other players killed in WWI included Alex Burr, Larry Chappell, Ralph Sharman, and Bun Troy.

During the "7th-inning stretch" in Game 1 of the World Series, a military band played "The Star Spangled Banner" as a tribute to all servicemen on leave and in attendance. From then on, the song was played at every World Series outing and every season opener (though it was not yet adopted as the national anthem). The custom of playing it before every game began during WWII, after the installation of stadium speaker systems made it more feasible.
1918 American League
Team Record GB
Boston Red Sox 75-51 -
Cleveland Indians 73-57 2.5
Washington Senators 72-56 4.0
New York Yankees 60-63 13.5
St. Louis Browns 58-64 15.0
Chicago White Sox 57-67 17.0
Detroit Tigers 55-71 20.0
Philadelphia Athletics 52-76 24.0
1918 National League
Team Record GB
Chicago Cubs 84-45 -
New York Giants 71-53 10.5
Cincinnati Reds 68-60 15.5
Pittsburgh Pirates 65-60 17.0
Brooklyn Robins 57-69 25.5
Philadelphia Phillies 55-68 26.0
Boston Braves 53-71 28.5
St. Louis Cardinals 51-78 33.0
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Boston Red Sox 75 51 0.595 474 3.76 380 3.02 15 9 0.249 0.318 0.327 2.31 380 392 0.971 89
Cleveland Indians 73 54 0.575 504 3.97 447 3.52 9 9 0.260 0.338 0.341 2.64 343 364 0.962 82
Washington Senators 72 56 0.563 461 3.60 412 3.22 4 10 0.256 0.314 0.315 2.14 395 505 0.960 95
New York Yankees 60 63 0.488 493 4.01 475 3.86 20 25 0.257 0.316 0.330 3.00 463 370 0.970 137
St. Louis Browns 58 64 0.475 426 3.49 448 3.67 5 11 0.259 0.325 0.320 2.75 402 346 0.963 86
Chicago White Sox 57 67 0.460 457 3.69 446 3.60 8 9 0.256 0.318 0.321 2.73 300 349 0.967 98
Detroit Tigers 55 71 0.437 476 3.78 557 4.42 13 10 0.249 0.321 0.318 3.40 437 374 0.960 77
Philadelphia Athletics 52 76 0.406 412 3.22 538 4.20 22 13 0.243 0.299 0.308 3.22 486 277 0.959 136
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Chicago Cubs 84 45 0.651 538 4.17 393 3.05 21 13 0.265 0.321 0.342 2.18 296 472 0.966 91
New York Giants 71 53 0.573 480 3.87 415 3.35 13 20 0.260 0.305 0.330 2.64 228 330 0.970 78
Cincinnati Reds 68 60 0.531 530 4.14 496 3.88 15 19 0.278 0.326 0.366 3.00 381 321 0.964 127
Pittsburgh Pirates 65 60 0.520 466 3.73 412 3.30 15 13 0.248 0.311 0.321 2.48 299 367 0.966 108
Brooklyn Robins 57 69 0.452 360 2.86 463 3.67 10 22 0.250 0.286 0.315 2.81 320 395 0.963 74
Philadelphia Phillies 55 68 0.447 430 3.50 507 4.12 25 22 0.244 0.301 0.313 3.15 369 312 0.961 91
Boston Braves 53 71 0.427 424 3.42 469 3.78 13 14 0.244 0.302 0.307 2.90 277 340 0.965 89
St. Louis Cardinals 51 78 0.395 454 3.52 527 4.09 27 16 0.244 0.297 0.325 2.96 352 361 0.962 116