News, Notes and Historical Information on the St. Louis Cardinals
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1926 World Series – Game Seven
October 10, 1926 at Yankee Stadium
Cardinals 3, Yankees 2 Cardinals Win Best of Seven Series 4-3
Both teams got two out singles in the first, but neither could push them across. It wasn’t until the third inning that either team scored and that was when Babe Ruth hit his fourth homerun of the series to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead.
The Cardinals didn’t waste much time to answer. Rogers Hornsby grounded out to begin the inning and then Jim Bottomley singled. Les Bell then reached base on Mark Koenig’s fourth error of the World Series, and that put runners at first and second. Chick Hafey then singled to load the bases and then Bob O’Farrell hit a fly ball deep enough to left field to score Bottomley, but Bob Meusel miffed it. So instead of having a tie game with two men on and two outs, the bases remained loaded with one out and that would end up being the difference in the game. Tommy Thevenow followed that up with a huge two run single and just like that, the Cardinals had a 3-1 lead, all on unearned runs.
The Yankees threatened in the fifth and had two men on, but Haines got Meusel to ground out. It wasn’t until the sixth inning when the Yankees put a dent into that 3-1 lead. With two outs, Joe Dugan singled and then he scored on Hank Severeid’s double to make it 3-2.
Haines ran into a heap of trouble in the seventh. Earle Combs singled and moved to second on Koenig’s bunt. Babe Ruth was given a free pass and then Meusel forced Ruth out at second to put runners on the corners with two outs. Haines then walked Lou Gehrig to load the bases and Rogers Hornsby then went to his pen.
Less then four months ago, the Chicago Cubs gave up on Grover Alexander. They put him on waivers after his drinking became a problem. The Cardinals then made a bold move by picking him up with some advice from the Cardinals third base coach, Bill Killefer. A former catcher for Alexander, Killefer thought he’d be able to get Alexander back on track, and he did just that. And after pitching a complete game the day before, Alexander would get one more chance to shine in the 1926 World Series. He came in with the bases loaded and two outs, and he struck out Tony Lazzeri to end the inning.
The Cardinals made some noise in the eighth and had runners at the corners with two outs but Bob O’Farrell grounded into a fielders choice to end the inning. Alexander put the Cardinals down in order in the eighth as did Yankees’ reliever Herb Pennock in the top of the ninth so the Yankees started their final inning down 3-2.
Alexander got the first two batters on ground outs to Les Bell. He then walked Babe Ruth so the Yankees had the winning run at the plate. Then in one of the most bizare plays in World Series history, Babe Ruth attempted to steal second base and was gunned down easily to end the game. It’s the only time a World Series has ended on a base runner being caught stealing.
It was definitely a great way to cap off a classic World Series. The Cardinals won the World Series and went home as champions for the first time in modern baseball.
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