Carl Mays of the 1918 Red Sox — 1918: Babe Ruth and the World Champion Boston Red Sox by Allan Wood


Carl William Mays
Pitcher


5’11½”, 195 lbs., Batted Left, Threw Right
Born: November 12, 1891, Liberty, Kentucky
Died: April 4, 1971, El Cajon, California

1918 was Carl Mays’s third full season with the Red Sox. He was 26 years old. Mays tied Walter Johnson for the American League lead with 8 shutouts and tied Scott Perry for the AL lead with 30 complete games. He was third in wins, four in innings pitched, fifth in strikeouts and fifth in fewest hits allowed per game. According to Total Baseball‘s “Total Baseball Ranking,” Mays was the fifth most valuable player in the American League that year.

Mays won the Red Sox’s World Series-clinching game — a three-hitter over the Chicago Cubs on September 11, 1918 at Fenway Park. He walked out on the Red Sox the following July and was traded to the New York Yankees. Mays played 4½ years in New York, 5 years in Cincinnati and ended his career in 1929 with the New York Giants.

Mays was also a good-hitting pitcher, hitting .268 over a 15-year career; he batted .343 (49-143) for the 1921 Yankees. Despite a career that is worthy of the Hall of Fame, Mays will always be remembered for throwing the pitch that led to Ray Chapman’s death in 1920.

Pitching

W

L

ERA

G

GS

CG

IP

H

ER

bb

so

OBA

oOb

WHIP

1918

Bos

21

13

2.21

35

33

30

293.1

230

72

81

114

.221

.284

9.9

Career

208

126

2.92

490

325

231

3021.1

2912

979

734

862

.257

.307

11.1

bold = league leader

Batting

g

ab

r

h

2b

3b

hr

rbi

sb

bb

so

ba

oba

slg

1918

Bos

38

104

10

30

3

3

0

5

1

9

15

.288

.357

.375

Career

502

1085

113

291

32

21

5

110

1

66

116

.268

.313

.350

Fielding

g

po

a

e

dp

pct

rf

1918

Bos

35

16

122

8

3

.945

4.2

Career

490

174

1138

44

56

.968

2.8