1918 April

1st In Dallas, the Red Sox edge the Brooklyn Robins, 7–6, in 16 innings. Starters Rube Marquard and Babe Ruth are both gone after five innings, but not before the Babe strikes out left-handed, then right-handed, against Rube.

7th  In the a.m. game of a doubleheader in Los Angeles, Doc Crandall’s no-hit bid against Salt Lake City (Pacific Coast League) is spoiled with 2 outs in the 9th by Crandall’s brother Karl, but Los Angeles wins, 14–0.

15th  The AL season opens with Boston’s Babe Ruth pitching a 4-hit, 7–1, victory over the A’s, his third opening day victory in a row. Willie Adams, pitching his first ML game since 1913, takes the loss. Red Sox manager Ed Barrow will start Ruth’s conversion to slugger by working him into 72 games as an OF-1B.

In the opener in Washington, pre-game ceremonies include a biplane scattering thousands of liberty loan cards for the war effort. The Yankees, under new manager Miller Huggins, rap 11 hits to beat Walter Johnson, 6–3. Starter George Mogridge gets the win despite pitching just 3 1/3 innings. Allen Russell relieves and allows just one hit in 5 1/3 innings to save the victory. Johnson strikes out two while allowing 11 hits and will lose again in the 3-game series with New York.

16th  The Reds’ Pete Schneider, in a season opener, and the Red Sox’ Carl Mays each pitch one-hitters. Red Sox submariner Mays loses his no-hitter in the 8th on Dugan’s ground single stopped by 2B Dave Shean, but beats the A’s, 1–0. Everett Scott drives home the winner in the bottom of the 9th off Scott Perry. The Reds top the Pirates Wilber Cooper, 2–0, with a single by the newly acquired Casey Stengel the lone Buc shot.

In St, Louis, the Cardinals get 9 hits against Grover Cleveland Alexander and beat the Cubs, 4–2, behind Lee “Specs” Meadows.

The Giants open before a crowd of 28,000 at the Polo Grounds, beating Brooklyn, 6–4. Rube Marquard gives up 4 hits in a third of an inning as Giants score three runs in the first.

Washington reliever George Dumont lines an 8th inning double to tie the game and the Senators tally four runs to beat the Yankees, 7–5.

17th  The Red Sox overcome bad fielding from Whiteman and P Dutch Leonard to beat the A’s Scott Perry, 5–4, for the second day in a row. Perry loses in 9th inning relief of Willie Adams.

Pittsburgh evens its record at 1-1 with an 8-1 victory over the Reds at Cincinnati. Earl Hamilton is the complete game winner and helps his cause with 2 hits and 2 RBIs. Hamilton was picked up on waivers after going 0-9 with the Browns last year, but will reverse that with a 6-0 record in 6 starts for the Corsairs this year.

In the 12th inning of a tied game between New York and Washington, reliever Walter Johnson tries intentionally walking Home Run Baker with runners on 1st and 3rd. Baker belts the third pitch to deep CF to drive in the winning run as the Yankees win, 8-7, at Washington. The run is unearned, as Johnson (0-2) pitches the last 4 innings and loses his second to New York in three days, both times to George Mogridge.

18th  With two Tigers on base in the 9th (Ossie Vitt on 2B, Babe Ellison on 1B), Cleveland CF Tris Speaker turns an unassisted double play to seal the Indians win, 6–2. He traps a fly ball in the 9th and runs in to tag out Vitt who had hesitated, and then steps on 2B forcing Ellison. On April 29th, he will make another unassisted DP against Chicago, his 6th unassisted DP, a career record for outfielders. Stan Coveleski is the Indians winner today.

In the opener in St. Louis, Hippo Vaughn pitches the Cubs to a 6–4 win over Spittin’ Bill Doak despite giving up the year’s first home run, to the Cards Doug Baird. There will be just 239 four-baggers hit in this year of the shortened season.

19th The Phillies top the Braves in the 10th inning when rookie Irish Meusel hits a ball into the RF bleachers after Johnny Rawlings’ error puts Possum Whitted on 1B. The rules state that Meusel gets credit for just a triple, not a homer. The only homers in the game, the lone multi-homer game this April, are slugged by Phils 1B Fred Luderus, with two men on, and Braves pitcher Tom Hughes.

In the annual Patriot’s Day twinbill in Boston, new Red Sox pitcher Joe Bush debuts with a 2–1 four-hit win over the Yankees’ saliva slinger Allen Russell in the a.m. game. The Red Sox (5-0) complete the sweep in the afternoon with a 9–5 win behind Babe Ruth’s 13-hitter. Ruth contributes a single and a long RBI fly to right that scores Everett Scott from 2B after the Gilhooley catch. The Yankees help with six errors in the game, three by Del Pratt, who offsets them with four hits.

20th On a cold afternoon, the Red Sox best Slim Love, 4–3, to beat the Yankees and run their record to 6–0, the first Sox team to start the season so well. They’ll lose on the 22nd.

21st Seventeen walks are handed out in the Browns–Indians game as St. Louis wins, 11–7. Al Sothoron is the leader with 7 walks in 5 innings. The Cleveland scorer records 303 pitches thrown: 67 strikes, 136 balls, 44 fouls, 30 for base hits and 25 hit fair for outs.

23rd Yankee lefty Herb Thormahlen loses his no-hitter when Boston’s Amos Strunk singles with one out in the 9th. A single by PH Babe Ruth and a walk load the bases and a short fly to Ping Bodie is dropped, allowing Strunk to score the winner, 1–0. Joe Bush is the winning pitcher, allowing 3 hits.

At Cleveland, the Indians down the Browns, 8–2. Winning pitcher Fritz Coumbe allows two runs in the 4th when he walks George Sisler and Joe Gedeon follows with an inside-the-park homerun, misplayed by LF Jack Graney who, thinking the line drive is foul, doesn’t chase the ball. It is Gedeon’s only ML homerun.

24th The A’s Vean Gregg shuts out the Red Sox, 3–0. George Burns’s 3-run homer off Babe Ruth in the bottom of the 8thprovides all the scoring.

In New York, the Yankees score in the 9th to tie Cleveland, 2-2, but the Indians win, 3-2, in the 19th when Joe Wood connects for a homerun.

The Cubs win their home opener over the Cardinals, 2–0, as Hippo Vaughn allows just one hit—a Rogers Hornsby single. Lee Meadows is the loser for the Redbirds.

26th In Chicago, Grover Alexander finally shows his star form, stopping the Cardinals on two hits to win, 3–2. Again, both hits are by Hornsby. Alexander leaves tomorrow for military duty on the 30th.

The Giants jump on four Brooklyn pitchers and roll to an 11-5 victory. The final Brooklyn twirler, Norman Plitt, allows one run in 2 innings as is 1-for-1 with a run scored. After this one ML appearance, Plitt will quite baseball next month but will be reinstated by the National Commission a year from now. Then he will find himself on the ineligible list in 1922 for violations of the reserve obligations. In March of 1922, Plitt and six others are ruled ineligible but can be reinstated if they dissociate themselves with baseball for a year. Plitt’s next ML appearance will be in 1927.

In the Browns 7–6 win over Chicago, Sox 2B Eddie Collins plays in his 473 straight game, a new AL record. He tied Sam Crawford’s mark in his last game, on April 22nd.

27th  The Giants’ 9–0 winning start and the Dodgers’ 0–9 losing streak are stopped as Brooklyn’s Larry Cheney wins 5–3. Cheney also drives home the winning run.

28th At Braves Field, 28,000 fans watch the first Sunday game in Boston as Camp Devens defeats the Commonwealth Pier team, 6–2.

The Browns send 2B Lee Magee back to the Yankees in exchange for Tim Hendryx. New York then swaps Magee to the Cincinnati Reds for catcher Tommy Clarke. Clarke won’t play for the Yanks, but appears in just one game this year, for the Cubs.

29th With Eddie Collins on 2B and Joe Jackson at 1B, center fielder Tris Speaker turns the 6th unassisted double play of his career, and his 2nd of the month. But Cleveland still loses 8–4 to the White Sox. The 2 unassisted DPs is an AL season record. Speaker will erroneously be listed in the 1927 The Sporting NewsRecord book as completing 2 unassisted DPs in each of two games this month, and that error, plus the later discovery of 2 additional (earlier) unassisted Speaker DPs, will cause confusion. For the record, Speaker’s unassisted double plays were: June 6, 1909-g2, April 23, 1910, April 21, 1914, August 8, 1914 and the two this month. Speaker’s mark is a ML record.

Boston rolls past Washington, 8–1. Babe Ruth allows 5 hits and is 2-for-2 at the plate, both doubles, plus a stolen base.

In Cincinnati, the Reds top the Cardinals, 4–3, in a game that the Cards protest. St. Louis says that Roush, who is 2-for-3 in the game, deliberately juggled a fly ball in the 8th causing base runner Burt Niehoff to leave 3B to soon. Home plate ump Hank O’Day rules Niehoff out. The protest will be upheld on May 14thand the records expunged. The Cards will be involved in another protested game on June 3 with both contests having a bearing on the batting title.

30th  Grover Alexander, 2–1 in 3 starts for the Cubs, joins the Army in Manhattan, KS, after receiving his draft notice on April 18th. Alexander will be in uniform but is expected to play baseball, not fight. He joins the Giants Clarence Mitchell, A’s Winny Noyes, Cleveland’s Otis Lambeth, and others.

At the Polo grounds, the Yankees whip the A’s, 2–0, behind Slim Love. Love will go 13–12 this season, with his lone away victory coming in Philadelphia.

Despite the failure of the NY State Legislature to approve Sunday baseball, it is announced that there will be major league baseball on Sunday at the former Federal League Park in Harrison, NJ. (The Sporting News) All three New York teams—the Giants, Dodgers and Yankees—will participate. This arrangement would have been in effect last Sunday but the Senators, scheduled to meet the Yanks, had already scheduled an exhibition game. The Sunday games in Harrison will necessitate the rescheduling of some IL games from there. The agreement, in which the 2 leagues will pay $10,000 a year in rent for the park, comes about because of the settlement with the Federal League.