Ruth shuts out Cubs in Game 1 of 1918 Series
Ruth continued to shut down the Cubs. His final line score was nine innings, six hits, no runs, one walk and four strikeouts to lead the Red Sox to a 1-0 victory. After nearly matching Ruth with nine innings of five-hit, one-run baseball, Vaughn took the loss.
The nine shutout innings ran Ruth’s consecutive scoreless innings streak in World Series play to 22.1. Boston tagged Ruth to start Game 4, and he pitched eight innings. Though he gave up seven hits and six walks, he picked up the win and went 1-for-2 with a two-RBI triple in Boston’s 3-2 win. When the Cubs finally scored off Ruth in the eighth inning, Ruth had totaled 29.2 straight scoreless frames, a record he would hold until Whitey Ford broke the mark in 1961.
The Red Sox won Game 6 on Sept. 11, 1918, to win the series 4-2, marking their fourth World Series title since 1912. The War ended just two months later on Nov. 11, 1918.
Ruth spent one more season with the Red Sox before being sold to the Yankees on Dec 26, 1919. He stopped pitching on a regular basis after the 1919 season and moved to the outfield after the Yankees saw his potential with the bat. “The Bambino” retired after the 1935 season as the all-time leader in home runs with 714. Over a 22-year career, Ruth won seven World Series titles.
He was elected to the Hall of Fame in the Class of 1936.
Steven Walters was the 2018 public relations intern in the Hall of Fame’s Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development