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This day in 1918: MLB season ends due to World War I

Quincy Woman Was 2-Years-Old Last Time Red Sox Won World Series at Home

Boston Red Sox fans remember the 1918 baseball season for triumphant reasons -- taking home a title before a long period of curses and unfortunate evens. But the sport's year as a whole was tremendously unique, and affected by circumstances that we will never see again.

On Sept. 1, 1918, the MLB regular season was cut short, and the World Series between the Red Sox and Chicago Cubs began. But the rushed timing of things was due to World War I, and the obligation of players drafted into the military to leave their teams and go to war.

What's more: Sept. 5, Game 1 of the World Series, marked the first time that "Star Spangled Banner" was played at a sporting event -- it was later named the national anthem in 1931. The winning pitcher of the game was Babe Ruth, who threw a shutout for the Red Sox.

Watch the video above for a truly unique tale regarding those early MLB years, and for some mind-blowing shots of baseball's television evolution, click through the gallery below.

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This day in 1918: MLB season ends due to World War I
circa 1945: A baseball game plays on an early television set. (Photo by R. Gates/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Whitey Herzog, former Denver Bear outfielder now in the Washington Senators, and Debbie, his 21-month-old daughter, watch television in their trailer home at 5555 West 16th avenue while his wife, Mary Lou, steals a moment from her kitchen work for a peek.; (Photo By The Denver Post via Getty Images)
A young family watching baseball on television in their lounge, 1966. (Photo by Harold M. Lambert/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 13: The Phillie Phanatic watches the Philadelphia Phillies verses the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on television in a hallway on August 13, 2014 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Matt Brown/Angels Baseball LP/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 29: Kansas City Royals fans cheer in the Power and Light District during Game Seven of the World Series on October 29, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. Thousands of fans gathered to watch the Kansas City Royals take on the San Francisco Giants. (Photo by Julie Denesha/Getty Images)
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