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.
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.