In August of 1917, the Boston Red Sox were in the midst of a pennant race; they battled the Chicago White Sox all season long and the race remained tight through August. But there was always time for fishing, wrote Paul Purman, of The Newspaper Enterprise Association;
“An off day sounds just as good to a big league ballplayer as to anyone else, especially if the off day isn’t rainy, for on rainy days they generally have to hang around the hotel lobbies, which isn’t very good sport anytime.
“A number of the Red Sox are ardent fishermen and on off days you may usually find them at some lake pursuing the elusive bass.
“old clothes, and in some cases, almost no clothes are in order on those Izaak Walton excursionists, but the day is a big rest and the players are usually ready for a strenuous time on the ball field the next day.
“Babe Ruth is one of the club’s most enthusiastic sportsmen. In the summer he fishes at every opportunity, although he doesn’t forget to report on the days he is to pitch as that other southpaw, Rube Waddell used to do. Rube Foster and Harry Hooper are other members of the team who prefer fishing to other recreations.”
The Red Sox finished in second place, nine games behind the White Sox.