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Babe Ruth and the 1918 Red Sox Paperback – December 26, 2000
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"An entertaining and exhaustive account of a tumultuous season." -- Sports Illustrated, June 11, 2001
"Wood's original research lends urgency to what is sure to become a classic sports book." -- Seven Days, May 30, 2001
"[P]articular emphasis on [Babe] Ruth making the transition from pitcher to slugger and dominating headlines on and off the field." -- Boston Herald, April 6, 2001
Fresh research ... uncovers possible evidence that this World Series ... might have been influenced by gamblers. -- Baseball Weekly, March 21-27, 2001
One of the most important and least known years in baseball history. Wood has done remarkable, revelatory research... -- Robert W. Creamer, author of 'Babe: The Legend Comes to Life'
The possibility that the 1918 series was fixed is certain to inflame New Englanders. -- Publishers Weekly, March 19, 2001
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"1918" also gives you a picture of baseball during those times. I was amazed to learn that gambling on baseball was rampant, and the owners and players argued about money just like they do now.
This book is packed with fascinating information, and also really fun to read. If you're a baseball fan, a Red Sox fan or a fan of the Babe, you'll love it.
Yet, amazingly, no-one has yet written an account of the momentous season, until now. The author, a Boston fan, has lovingly recreated that season, taking six years to research and write the book. The dedication to detail and historical truth shows in every line.
I feel it inevitable and ironic that, despite the wealth of detail and fact, this book will gain its reputation (or notoriety) because of the author's speculation that the 1918 Series may have been fixed, just like the 1919 White Sox series. Wood's impeccable research has brought to light some interesting facts (I won't spoil your reading of the book by going into them here) which, at the very least, draw a question mark over Boston's last World Series victory. It's certain to be the most controversial aspect of the book.
Aside from that, you'll find an affectionate portrait of the great Babe Ruth from his days as an ace pitcher, everything the most demanding fan could expect to know about the historic season, and a wealth of fascinating photographs, many of which haven't been published before. The photos themselves are worth the asking price for the book in my opinion.
Everyone with an interest in the history of the great game should have a copy of this book. Every Red Sox fan *needs* a copy. It might be the closest they ever come to savouring the taste of World Series victory :)
I can't resist ending this with a quote from the Boston Herald and Journal, September 13, 1918, which opens the book :
"Of course it is possible that some year will yet see a Boston team losing a world's championship."
Go Yankees :)