Tuesday, September 11, 2018

One Hundred Years Ago Today, The Sox Won Their Last 20th Century Ring

While September 11th will forever be remembered as the date of the most horrific terror attack on American soil, there is also a positive memory attached to the date—from 1918. On this date 100 years ago, the Red Sox beat the Chicago Cubs in Game 6 of the 1918 World Series—capturing their fifth ring—and the last one they'd get for the rest of the 20th century. The franchise and its fans had to wait 86 more years—until 2004—to see World Series glory again. Because of World War I, the 1918 season had been shortened (and almost canceled outright)—and crowds did not exactly turn out in droves even for The Fall Classic. In fact, the clinching game at Fenway Park had only 15,238 Bostonians in attendance. Once the Series ended, players could then be drafted to fight in 'The Great War'. In the series itself, Babe Ruth (of course) won two games on the mound for Boston—and even played a little outfield. So, while we mourn the tragic events that occurred 17 years ago, we can take some comfort in the good things that happened exactly a century ago.