McCaffrey: Taunted and haunted: 100 years later, Red Sox’ 1918 championship still a series for the ages

From Jen McCaffrey at The Athletic on September 10, 2018:

For​ almost a century,​ the year 1918 held a haunting presence​ in​ the New England​ psyche.

One year,​ chanted tauntingly as​ those​ two​​ bewitched numbers, nine-teen, eight-teen.

The year 1918 was, of course, the last time the Red Sox had won the World Series until the famed 2004 team broke the so-called curse, and Tuesday marks the 100th anniversary of that championship.

But the 1918 World Series was more than just a taunt, more than just a roadblock to be overcome. That World Series was itself a momentous, rollicking, multifaceted affair that in so many ways represented its time — one where baseball was emerging as the nation’s true pastime yet remained uncertain of its place in a world torn asunder by war and illness.

The off-field strife — ranging from an in-series players strike, to a mysterious train-trip injury to star Babe Ruth, to an in-dugout fight between opposing coaches — provided plenty of intrigue to occupy the relatively small number of fans who were paying attention as the final battles of World War I played out in Europe.

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Originally published: September 10, 2018. Last Updated: September 10, 2018.