After Johnny Evers was released by the Philadelphia Phillies following the 1917 season, he caught on with the Boston Red Sox, essentially as a coach who would play in an emergency. But Evers felt great and decided he wanted to play, which caused friction and led to his release on Opening Day 1918, after he had already appeared in a Boston Globe photograph depicting what was thought to be the Red Sox starting infield.
During training camp. Evers roomed with Ruth, who was playing first base during the exhibition season, so that Evers would be a good influence on him. After the Red Sox let him go, Evers was sent by the Knights of Columbus to visit Allied troops in Europe fighting World War One, with an aim to spreading baseball to the continent. Meanwhile the Red Sox went on to win their third World Series in four years–defeating Evers’ old team, the Chicago Cubs.