Cover image for 1918 : Babe Ruth and the world champion Boston Red Sox
1918 : Babe Ruth and the world champion Boston Red Sox
Wood, Allan.
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Publication Information:
San Jose, CA : Writers Club Pres, [2000]

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xiv, 420 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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GV875.B67 W66 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Babe Ruth and the 1918 Red Sox is the first complete account of Boston's fifth World Series championship. The year is famous, but most fans know very little about the season.

During that tumultuous summer, the Great War in Europe cast an ominous shadow over the national game, as enlistments and the draft wreaked havoc with every team's roster. Players and owners fought bitterly over contracts and revenue, the parks were infested with gamblers, and the Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs almost called off the World Series. And a Boston player known as The Colossus -- 23-year-old Babe Ruth -- began his historic transformation from pitching ace to the game's greatest slugger.

Wood also poses a chilling question: Was the 1918 World Series fixed?

Sports Illustrated called the book "an entertaining and exhaustive account of a tumultuous season" and Robert W. Creamer, author of the definitive biography of Ruth, said "Mr. Wood has lit upon one of the most turbulent and important and at the same time least known years in baseball history. He has done remarkable, revelatory research, and he has a clean, clear way of writing."

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Library Journal Review

The 1918 season was momentous for the Red Sox. It was played under wartime restrictions; it saw their fifth World Series crown the last to date; and the Bambino began to change from ace pitcher to slugging outfielder. Wood, a Red Sox fan and sportswriter, backtracks to George Herman Ruth's youth as a rebellious urchin who was reoriented to his Hall of Fame career under a mentor at a Baltimore orphanage. Wood proceeds to provide an admiring story of the Red Sox triumph, despite depleted rosters and threats of a government shutdown and players' strike. Sure to attract Boston area libraries and most sports collections elsewhere. Morey Berger, St. Joseph's Hosp. Lib., Tucson, AZ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
1 Victoryp. 1
2 "Baseball is in Greater Danger Now Than Ever Before"p. 4
3 Greatest Valuation in the History of Baseball Placed on Colorful Babe Ruthp. 30
4 "A Loose-Jointed, Dirty-Faced Kid"p. 47
5 "You're a Ballplayer, not a Circus Act!"p. 63
6 "There is No Good Buying Anything But the Best"p. 77
7 "Either the Gamblers Go or Franzee Goes!"p. 89
8 "Bring the Whole Gang"p. 95
9 Work-or-Fightp. 101
10 "Just Think What He would Mean to the Yankees"p. 114
11 "I Quit!"p. 137
12 "He's not Here. That's All I Know."p. 160
13 Socialism and Salisbury Steakp. 170
14 "Burnt out by Gun Fire"p. 198
15 "I Never Saw a Club have the Luck Boston has Had"p. 214
16 "The First Time I Ever Saw George Cry"p. 223
17 "I may be the Lucky Fellow"p. 228
18 The Match-upsp. 235
19 Game One: "Thanks for Convincing Me I Wasn't a Catcher"p. 264
20 Game Two: "An Inglorious Hunk of Poor Judgment"p. 277
21 Game Three: Pick's Mad Dashp. 288
22 The Train Ridep. 296
23 Game Four: "Ball Stars in Clash Over Coin"p. 303
24 Game Five: "Harry, Old Boy, Whyn't You Stop All This and Play Ball?"p. 317
25 Game Six: All the Glory to Bostonp. 332
26 Disgraceful Conductp. 342
27 "I Have Never been a Disturbing Element on the Red Sox"p. 348
28 The Fix?p. 355
29 Epiloguep. 371
Appendix Ap. 381
Appendix Bp. 391
Appendix Cp. 395
Appendix Dp. 399
Bibliographyp. 405