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From the archives | Aug. 31

Red Sox clinch AL pennant with Babe Ruth pitching

Editor’s note: The Red Sox beat the Philadelphia A’s 6-1 in the first game of a doubleheader (and lost 1-0 in the second game) to clinch a berth in the 1918 World Series against the Cubs.

That 6-1 victory over the Mackmen in the first half of the twin bill yesterday brought the American League championship back to Boston and 7,974 fans saw the Barrowmen clinch it. They lost the afterpiece 1-0, Jack Watson, who was conscripted for an iron man stunt by Connie Mack holding them to one blow, a single by “Slam” Agnew in the sixth inning.

They were two great contests to watch. Sensational plays followed each other rapidly, the work of Jamieson, Dyke, McInnis and Scott being particularly brilliant.

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Babe Ruth pitched in the opener for the Sox and held the Mackmen to three blows, and they rung up two of those in the opening stanza when they were making their lone run. After that the Oriole Adonis was invincible. After resting up during the first few innings of the second pastime he broke into the affair as a center fielder. In the first game he pasted one to deep center, which Acosta raced back against the fence for and lost. When the Babe is in there the Sox sure do look like some ball club.

The Sox hit Watson hard in the first grapple, “Stuffy” getting to him for three smashes. But in the second contest he held them in the palm of his hand. Joe Bush pitched the first six innings of the twilight number for the Sox, the Macks scoring their run off him. “Lefty” Kinney, who replaced Bullet Joe put plenty of men on, but prevented them from kicking in with the scoring punch.

Clean hitting drove in the runs for the Sox, with Scott, Shean, Strunk and McInnis whaling the ball in the pinch.

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