But when the 46-year-old O’Loughlin passed away on December 20, 1918, the reaction in the baseball community and among fans of the sports was shock and sorrow. Then one second before I realize “Oh yeah, the strike-shortened year” or whatever. In early August, MLB clubs decided that the regular season … The 1918 baseball season opened April 15. Secretary of War Newton D. Baker granted an extension to MLB players through Labor Day, September 2. Major League Baseball — The 1918 season was shortened because of World War I, and the Boston Red Sox defeated the Chicago Cubs in six games … A quick history of shortened baseball seasons. So for my own edification then anything, here are the list of baseball seasons that were shortened by labor strikes, … The U.S. was fighting in World War I and fighting the Spanish Flu. As the season continued — and as Boston Red Sox ace Babe Ruth began his metamorphosis from pitcher to slugger — a … Thomas Carter was … Rather than the usual Fall Classic, the 1918 series was played in late summer from Sept. 5 to Sept. 11. Shortened season. When comparing baseball stats between seasons, I sometimes catch myself when I come across a stat from maybe 1994 or perhaps 1981. The baseball season was cut about three weeks short… With World War I ongoing, a "work or fight" mandate was issued by the government, requiring men with non-essential jobs to enlist or take war-related jobs by July 1, else risk being drafted. B-38-55 (Milo Stewart, Jr. / National Baseball Hall of Fame) On Sept. 1, 1918, the MLB regular season was cut short, and the World Series between the Red Sox and Chicago Cubs began. The shortened season ended in apropos fashion with a slog of a World Series. This baseball was used to record the final out in the last game of a shortened 1918 season between the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers. The 1918 MLB season: Shortened by War, rather than cancelled by flu... Talk Sports As a result, the doubleheader scheduled for Monday, September 2 (Labor Day) at Braves Field would be the season’s finale. Since the National League of Professional Baseball began play in 1876, there have been a lot of schedule changes. With the baseball season on hold, we look back at the war-shortened season of 1918 and how the circumstances helped create the legend of the Great Bambino, Babe Ruth. As with the MLB season, fans attending college football games wore masks as shown in these photos of a Georgia Tech game at Grant Field in 1918. ... 1918. With the country fully committed to its involvement in the war, baseball was ruled a non-essential industry and the 1918 season was cut short after Crowder issued a “work-or-fight” order. 1918 World Series Boston Red Sox (4) vs Chicago Cubs (2) In the wake of America's entry into World War 1, the U.S. government called for a shortened season (ending on Labor Day) as well as an accelerated Series to take place immediately after. The 1919 season was tentatively canceled, the 1918 season shortened and the World Series between the Red Sox and Cubs was moved up. Sports pages in newspapers across the country made note of the sad fact that the man who had ejected 164 men during his time in the majors was finally called out.