In their 113th season the Boston Red Sox won their 8th World Series, and became the first three-time World Series champions in the new millennium. It took 95 years (since 1918), but the “Beantown Nine” have finally clinched the World Series at home…again.
In the 1918 World Series the Sox faced off against the Chicago Cubs in the only Fall Classic to played entirely in September, because the season was shortened due to World War I. It was also the first time the Star Spangled Banner was played during the seventh inning of a baseball game, also due to the WWI.
Babe Ruth headlined the Sox team splitting time in the outfield and the mound. He won two games (pitching a shut out in Game 1) and did NOT hit a home run during the Series. As a matter of fact the 1918 World Series is one of only 3 World Series eve,r that neither team hit a “round tripper” (the other two 1906, and ’07). Boston scored only 9 runs in the 6 games, which is also the lowest total by a World Series Champion.
Here is the 1918 Boston roster: Sam Agnew, Stuffy McInnis, Dave Shean, Fred Thomas, Everett Scott Harry Hooper, Amos Strunk, George Whiteman, Babe Ruth, Wally Schang, Dick Hoblitzel, George Cochran, Wally Mayer, John Stansbury, Jack Coffey, Frank Truesdale, Walter Barbare, Hack Miller, Heinie Wagner, Eusebio Gonzalez, Red Bluhm, Carl Mays, Bullet Joe Bush, Sam Jones, Dutch Leonard, Lore Bader, Jean Dubuc, Walt Kinney, Dick McCabe, Vince Molyneaux, Bill Pertica and Weldon Wyckoff
As for the 21st century Red Sox, the 2013 team finished the regular season with a record of 97 wins and 65 losses. It is the first time since 2007 that the Sox won the American League East and their first time back in the post season since 2009. To get to the Fall Classic they had to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays in the NLDS and then defeat the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS… their first World Series since 2007, and their third in nine years.
The World Series which was Boston’s first sine 2007, and third in nine years had them facing the always dangerous St. Louis Cardinals, winners of the National League. The World Series had a number of firsts which included Game 3 ending with an “Obstruction” call, and Game 4 ending with a pick-off at first. The Red Sox defeated the Cardinals 6-1 in Game 6, winning the Series 4 games to 2 (the same as in 1918).
That’s 3 World Championships so far in the 21st century (2004, ’07 and 2013)…keep in mind that the 20th Century Sox were 5 for 5 in World Series play (1903, ’12, ’15, ’16, & ’18) before going on a 86 year drought…hopefully for Boston fans, history won’t repeat itself.