Seattle, WA, USA; Boston Red Sox first baseman Brent Lillibridge (23) waits for the pitch during the game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Boston defeated Seattle 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE
Games of Note: This is more of a non-game of note, as Boston is rained out against the Indians in Cleveland in 1912. This matters, though, as the Athletics lose the first game of a doubleheader, and because of this, inactive Boston wins the AL pennant.
Ernie Shore pitches two memorable games on September 18, in consecutive years. The first in 1915, with Shore throwing a complete-game shutout against Detroit, a game Boston would win 1-0. The thing is, the game was 12 innings long -- Shore was there for each of the 36 outs. Shore's second September 18 of note came in 1916, when the hurler beats the White Sox 4-3, which when combined with a Detroit loss, meant first place once more for the Red Sox, by all of .003 percentage points. The Red Sox then faced Detroit, and took all three contests by a combined score of 17-6 to put them up three games in the AL race with 11 to go.
Shifting ahead in time by nearly 70 years, we come to 1985 and Rich Gedman. The Red Sox backstop is in the lineup against Toronto, and he'll hit for the cycle -- and drive in seven Red Sox -- in the 13-1 win over the Blue Jays. Gedman scores two runs in the game as well, and pushes his season line to .306/.373/.512 in the process. He'll finish a little lower than that, but it's still Gedman's best season, both to date and when things wrap up for him.
Birthdays: Ken Brett, who pitched for Boston from 1967 through 1971, would have turned 64 years old today. The former first-round draft pick and brother of Hall of Famer George Brett died at the age of 55 in 2003, from brain cancer. He was the second of four Brett brothers to play professional baseball, and while he wasn't great with the Red Sox, he was about average overall. He was able to finish out his playing career on George's team in 1980 and 1981.
Brent Lillibridge, who was with the Sox for a short spell after coming over in the Kevin Youkilis trade, turns 29 today. Randy Williams, who former manager Terry Francona developed an odd obsession for at the end of 2011, turns 37. In Japan, though, because that's where he pitches now.