Babe Ruth and the 1918 Red Sox

Babe Ruth and the World Champion Boston Red Sox

by Allan Wood



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/26/2000

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Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 1
ISBN : 9781469715711
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 437
ISBN : 9780595148264

About the Book

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."

About the Author

Allan Wood began rooting for the Red Sox in 1976 while growing up in Vermont. He has been writing professionally since age 16, and has written about sports, music, and politics for numerous newspapers and magazines. He is also the co-author of Don't Let Us Win Tonight : An Oral History of the 2004 Boston Red Sox's Impossible Playoff Run (Triumph, 2014). He was an Associate Editor for When Boston Still Had the Babe (Rounder, 2008). He writes the blog The Joy of Sox and currently lives outside Toronto.