1918- WW1 Shortened Season

WW1 Shortened Season

The 1918 season is a shortened one due to World War I. The season finds the Cardinals finishing in last place with 51 wins and 78 losses. It would be the last time the Cardinals would finish in last place until 1990 when they finished sixth in the National League East.

Hornsby Arguing with the Manager

Star player Rogers Hornsby and manager Hendricks don’t get along during the year. In fact, Rickey fines Hornsby $50 for arguing with his manager and trading insults in the newspaper. Before the next season begins, Hendricks is replaced as manager.

ROSTER

Pitchers
Red Ames
Bill Doak
Oscar Horstmann
Earl Howard
Rankin Johnson
Jakie May
Lee Meadows
Gene Packard
Bill Sherdel
Oscar Tuero

Infielders
Doug Baird
Bruno Betzel
Herman Bronkie
Tony Brottem
Dutch Distel
Bob Fisher
Charlie Grimm
Rogers Hornsby
Bob Larmore
Bert Niehoff
Gene Paulette
Bobby Wallace

Catchers
John Brock
Mike González
Frank Snyder

Outfielders
George Anderson
Johnny Beall
Walton Cruise
Cliff Heathcote
Marty Kavanagh
Wally Mattick
Austin McHenry
Ted Menze
Jack Smith
Red Smyth
Dick Wheeler

Manager

Jack Hendricks

More on Hendricks: Four of the seven managers who have law degrees managed the Cardinals: Hendricks was one, along with Miller Huggins, Branch Rickey and Tony La Russa. Hendricks quit after one season of war-time ball when the club was 51-78 and he later resurfaced as manager in Cincinnati.