August 1918 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Aug 1 Pittsburgh and Boston Braves play a MLB record 20 scoreless innings before Pirates win, 2-0 in 21
  • Aug 9 Cincinnati Reds manager Christy Mathewson suspects Hal Chase of taking bribes to fix games, and suspends him "for indifferent play"
  • Aug 24 Chicago Cubs, win earliest pennent ever (season ended Sept 2)
  • Aug 24 Sect Baker grants extended exemption to World Series players
  • Aug 27 Christy Mathewson resigns as Cincinnati Reds manager to accept a commission as a captain in chemical warfare branch of US Army

Sports History

Aug 28 Tris Speaker suspended for season due to assault on umpire Tom Connolly

  • Aug 31 Boston Red Sox, win earliest AL pennent ever (season ended Sept 2)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 21 Billy Reay, Canadian ice hockey player and coach, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2004)
  • Aug 30 Billy Johnson, American baseball player, born in Montclair, New Jersey (d. 2006)

Ted WilliamsTed Williams (1918-2002)

Aug 30 American Baseball HOF outfielder (last player to bat over .400 in single season; 19 x MLB All Star; AL MVP 1946, 49; Triple Crown 1942, 47 Boston Red Sox), born in San Diego, California


Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 1 John Riley Banister, American law officer and cowboy, dies at 64
  • Aug 13 Luther Gulick, American Basketball Hall of Fame contributor (basketball pioneer; international official), dies at 53