What Happened in 1918

Red Sox win 1918 World Series

Red Sox win 1918 World Series

This domain name stems from the last time the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in the 20th century. When I choose it I was living just north of Boston and had grown up a huge Red Sox fan. Now that I’m living down in North Carolina, not everyone immediately correlates 1918 with that event.

The 1918 World Series had some interesting things about it. Because of the war raging in Europe, the major league baseball season was shortened and the series took place during early September.

During the 7th inning stretch of game 1 the band started playing “The Star Spangled Bannner “. It was the first time that the song was played during a professional sporting event.

Babe Ruth pitched a shutout in game 1, and his record 29 2/3 inning scoreless streak came to an end during the 8th inning of game 4. Babe Ruth also batted in the number six position in game 4. He is the last starting pitcher in World Series history to bat in a position other than 9th.

Watching for domain mentions via Google alerts sometimes brings up other interesting things that took place in 1918. The list below is just some of them.

The influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 killed more people than the Great War, known today as World War I (WWI), at somewhere between 20 and 40 million people.

On March 11, 1918, a devastating public health crisis began in the U.S. The disease was called the “Spanish Influenza,” and first hit soldiers at Fort Riley, Kansas, just back from fighting in Europe. The virus moved quickly and in October of 1918 195,000 Americans perished. In one day alone, 851 New Yorkers died. By 1920, nearly one-in-four Americans had suffered from this strain of the flu, killing a half-million of them. But even less dramatic forms of the disease are deadly. Each year, more than 56,000 Americans die of the flu and pneumonia. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau)

History was made in 1918 when Opha Mae Johnson became the first woman to join the Marine Corps.