The first three games of the 1918 Series were played at the White Sox home, Comiskey Park, because it had more seats than the Cubs’ home field. The extra seats were not needed; the first three games, of which Boston won two, averaged about 22,000 fans.
On the train to Boston for the final games — the teams rode together — the players added the gate receipts and calculated their shares, which figured to be about $1,100 for the winners and about $600 for the losers. That was roughly half the money they expected.
"From the beginning of Game 4, things started to look funny, or wrong, on the field," Deveney said. "The first three games had been tight and well-played. The next three games had all these strange blunders."