In 1918, the Boston Red Sox were vying for their 4th championship in 7 years when Jean Dubuc became the newest member of the Red Sox.
Jean Dubuc had already seen success during his 5 year tenure with the Detroit Tigers where he went 72-60 with an ERA right around the 3.00 mark. By 1917, he found himself in the minor leagues where he dominated while pitching for the Salt Lake City Bees in the independent Pacific Coast League. Between 1917 and 1918, Dubuc won 31 games and throwing over 500 innings before the Red Sox came calling.
When the PCL season came to an end, Dubuc joined the Red Sox and pitched in two games with moderate success. Dubuc was also known for having some ability to hit, unfortunately in just 6 at bats he only managed 1 hit. Despite the limited play, Jean Dubuc managed to get into a game during the 1918 World Series.
During game 2 of the 1918 World Series, Dubuc came to the plate as a pinch hitter in place of the light hitting third baseman, Fred Thomas, with the Red Sox trailing 3-1 and 1 out in the top of the 9th inning. With a man on first and third Dubuc promptly struck out, stranding the runners. Pinch hitter Wally Schang popped out to end the threat, evening the series at 1 game a piece.
The Red Sox went on to win the World Series 4 games to 2, but Jean Dubuc did not appear in another game. In fact, Dubuc’s involvement with a ballplayer known to gamble led to his release following the 1919 season with the New York Giants. Dubuc’s relationship with the player in the 1919 Black Sox scandal may be Dubuc’s most memorable moment. During the trial, it was revealed that Dubuc recieved a telegram from a White Sox player indicted, recommending he bet on the Cincinnati Reds during the 1919 World Series.
For his triumphant return to the major leagues, and minor involvement in the 1918 World Series, Happy 121st Birthday, Jean Dubuc!