The 1918 Toronto Maple Leafs are ranked as the 45th best team in the history of professional Minor League Baseball. With much of their team serving overseas, Fred Herche stepped up to the mound to keep this team in the forefront of the league throughout the entire season, putting up a stellar 21-6, 1.88 record for the ERA title thus far at this ballpark. Fred "King" Lear led this team in hitting with a .345. Though Binghamton was neck and neck with this team all season long, the Maple Leafs held on for an 88-39 (.693)
finish, beating Binghamton by 1 single game. They had played over 2 dozen less games than their previous season... a season which led to a Championship title... yet recorded only 5 less wins in 27 fewer games. As the war came to an end in 1919, the Maple Leafs took on a full season and would nearly match their 1917 winning record putting up a 92-75 record thanks to the return of George Whiteman who tied Nap Lajoie for most doubles in a season with 39 (.302) and Bill Hubbell who put up a 17-11, 1.90 record to nearly tie Fred Herche for the ERA title. Unfortunately the Baltimore Orioles were simply unstoppable and put up a 100 win season to deny the Maple Leafs a chance for a repeat as they came in 2nd place. The Maple Leafs would need to ramp up their performance if they were going to get to the next level. That next level would come in 1920.