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.
1926 World Series – Game Six
October 9, 1926 at Yankee Stadium
Cardinals 10, Yankees 2 Best of Seven Series Tied 3-3
The Cardinals entered Yankees Stadium needing a win to keep their championship hopes alive and they came through in grand fashion. The Cardinals picked up three quick runs in the top of the first and while that was all they’d need because of another outing by Grover Alexander, they’d eventually run up the score with ten runs.
Les Bell had a huge game for the cardinals. He had three hits including the the only homerun of the game, and he drove in four runs. Billy Southworth doubled and tripled and he scored three times and Rogers Hornsby drove in three runs in the blowout win.
Alexander won his second game of the post season. He gave up only two runs on eight hits and two walks with six strikouts.
Game seven was tomorrow. It all comes down to this final game.
1926 World Series – Game Five
October 7, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Yankees 3, Cardinals 2 Yankees Lead Best of Seven Series 3-2
The Yankees came to within one game of winning their second World Series in the past four years in a ten inning win over the Cardinals. The game definitely had it’s drama and it centered around a ten inning pitching dual between Bill Sherdel and Herb Pennock.
Billy Southworth tried to get things going early all by himself. In the first inning, he reached on an error by Mark Koenig, stole second and then moved to third on a passed ball. Unfortunately, back to back groundouts by Rogers Hornsby and Jim Bottomley stranded him at third base.
Sherdel got out of a big jam in the second when he got Joe Dugan to ground into a double play with runners on first and third. After that second inning, he didn’t give up a hit until the sixth.
The Cardinals got on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Bottomley doubled with one out and he scored on Les Bell’s single. The inning ended when Bell was caught stealing second base.
The Yankees finally struck in the sixth inning. Pennock helped out his own cause with a lead off double. He was almost picked off second base and the only thing that kept him there was a fielding error by Tommy Thevenow. Earle Combs then walked and then Pennock scored on Koenig’s RBI single. Babe Ruth struck out and then Bob Meusel moved Combs to third with a sac. fly before Tony Lazzeri flew out to right to end the inning. The game was tied, but it could have been a lot worse.
In the seventh inning, the Cardinals answered. Bell led off with a double and then he scored on a one out single by Bob O’Farrell. The Yankees went down quietly in the eighth and the game entered the ninth inning with the Cardinals up 2-1.
It didn’t take long for the Yankees to tie it up in the ninth. Lou Gehrig led off with a double and he moved to third on Lazzeri’s bunt single. Ben Paschal then drove home Gehrig with a pinch hit single and the game was tied still with nobody out and two men on. Hank Severeid tried to bunt everyone over but Lazzeri was gunned down at third by Bob O’Farrell. Two groundouts later, the inning was over but the game was tied.
The Cardinals went down in order in the bottom of the ninth so the game went into extra frames. In the top of the tenth, Koenig led off with a single and then he moved to second on Sherdel’s wild pitch. Babe Ruth walked and then Meusel moved both runners over with a bunt. Lou Gehrig was given an intentional pass but then Tony Lazzeri hit a fly ball deep enough to left to score Koenig to give the Yankees their first and only lead of the game. Sherdel actually loaded up the bases again when he hit Mike Gazella but he got Severeid to pop up to end the inning.
The Cardinals got a man on in the bottom of the tenth but he was stranded at first base. Now the Cardinals had to back to New York and they had to win the final two games.
1926 World Series – Game Four
October 6, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Yankees 10, Cardinals 5 Best of Seven Series Tied 2-2
The Yankees evened things up with the Cardinals today in a blowout win over. Babe Ruth had his first big game of the series and he hammered whoever the Cardinals threw out on the mound. He hit a solo homerun in the first and third innings and then he had a two run homerun in the sixth. He also walked and later scored so he finished three for three with three homeruns, four RBIs and four runs.
Flint Rhem lasted only four innings. He gave up three runs, including two of Ruth’s homeruns, on seven hits and two walks. Art Reinhart was also shelled in a relief appearance. He walked four and gave up four runs on four hits without getting a single Yankee out.
The Cardinals actually had the lead when they scored three runs in the fourth inning. The Cardinals racked up as many hit as the Yankees (fourteen), but the big difference were the ten walks that the Yankees drew.
1926 World Series – Game Three
October 5, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 4, Yankees 0 Cardinals Lead Best of Seven Series 2-1
Jesse Haines held the Yankees to five hits in a complete game shutout over the Yankees that put the Cardinals up by a game in their best of seven series. It was the first ever home World Series win for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals got two men on in the third but Yankees starter Dutch Ruether ended the threat with no damage. With on out and a man on in the Yankees’ fourth, the game was postponed for around a half hour because of rain. When things commenced, Haines got Lou Gehrig to pop out and Tony Lazzeri to ground out to end the inning.
The Cardinals’ big inning was the fourth. Les Bell singled and he moved to second on Chick Hafey’s bunt. Bob O’Farrell walked and Tommy Thevenow grounded out in what appeared to be an inning ending double play but Yankees shortstop Mark Koenig threw the ball away after getting O’Farrell out at second and that allowed Bell to score. Jesse Haines then made the Yankees pay for their error by hitting a two run homerun to help out his own cause and to give the Cardinals a 3-0 lead.
The Cardinals added a run in the fifth inning when Billy Southworth scored on Jim Bottomley’s ground out. Bottomely already had four RBIs in the series and one in each of the three World Series games.
Neither team did much after that fifth inning because Haines never allowed more the one hit in an inning. From the fifth inning on, no Yankee even reach second base.
1926 World Series – Game Two
October 3, 1926 at Yankee Stadium
Cardinals 6, Yankees 2 Best of Seven Series Tied 1-1
Grover Alexander took the mound for the Cardinals in game two of the World Series and he got off to a shaky start. After a scoreless first inning, the Yankees touched Alexander up for two runs on three hits and just like that, the game was 2-0.
The Cardinals answered in the top of the third. Taylor Douthit started things off with a single off of Yankees’ starter Urban Shocker and he moved to second on Billy Southworth’s single. Rogers Hornsby bunted them both over which set up Jim Bottomley’s two run single that tied the game up 2-2. Les Bell popped up and Chick Hafey and Les Bell flew out to end that inning with no further damage.
From that second inning, Alexander was nearly unhittable. The Yankees touched him for a run in the third inning, but from that point on, he retired the next 21 batters in succession in a pitching clinic. He finished the game with ten strikeouts and he struck out the side in the fourth.
In the meantime, the Cardinals went down in order in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. It wasn’t until the seventh inning when the Cardinals finally struck gold.
Bob O’Farrell led off the seventh with a double. Tommy Thevenow then moved him over to third on his single and then the Cardinals ran into trouble. Alexander popped out and Douthit flew out to left and was unable to score O’Farrell. With two outs, Billy Southworth came to plate and hit a huge three run homerun that gave the Cardinals their first lead of the series.
The Cardinals scored another run in the ninth on Tommy Thevenow’s inside the park homerun but it was unneccesary because of Alexander’s strong pitching. It was the first World Series victory in Cardinals franchise history.
It’s somewhat ironic that both Southworth and Alexander were the key drivers in this win. Neither started the season with the team but both played instrumental roles once they were picked up.
1926 World Series – Game One
October 2, 1926 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 2, Cardinals 1 Yankees Lead Best of Seven Series 1-0
The Yankees took the first game of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. It was definitely a pitchers dual as both teams combined for only three runs on nine hits.
The Cardinals actually got on the board first. Taylor Douthit led off the game with a double off Yankees starter Pennock. Billy Southworth moved him over to third on a ground out to Tony Lazzeri and the Rogers Hornsby grounded out to the pitcher to make it two outs. Then Jim Bottomley came up big and drove a single to left field to score Douthit. Unfortunately, this was the only run of the game for the Cardinals.
Bill Sherdel threw a nice game but he came up just short. The Yankees tied the game up in the bottom of the first on Lou Gehirg’s fielders choice, and then they took the lead in the sixth when Gehrig drove home Babe Ruth with an RBI single.
The Cardinals had only one hit off of Herb Pennock after that first inning and that wasn’t until the ninth inning on another single by Bottomley. They did threaten in the eighth when the Bob O’Farrell and Douhit both drew walks but the Cardinals couldn’t get either runner across to tie the game up.
Bill Sherdel went seven innings and gave up two runs on six hits and three walks with one strikeout. Jesse Haines pitched a shutout eighth to close out the game for the Cardinals after Hornsby used a pinch hitter for Sherdel in the top of the eighth.
September 26, 1926 at Crosley Field
Reds 2, Cardinals 1 (89-65)
The final game of the season, which had the top two teams in the National League going head to head, was anticlimactic because of a late September slide by the Reds. Hi Bell threw a very nice game and left with a 1-0 lead by Bill Hallahan gave up two runs to the Reds in the bottom of the ninth as the Cards lost their final game of the season.
Les Bell doubled and scored the only run of the game for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals got almost a week off before they began their best of seven series against the New York Yankees.
September 25, 1926 at the Polo Grounds
Giants 12, Cardinals 2 (89-64)
The Cardinals found out who their World Series opponents would be today and it’s none other then the New York Yankees. After winning three straight pennants and a World Series earlier in the decade, the Yankees came back from a seventh place finish last year to win the American League pennant.
September 24, 1926 at the Polo Grounds
Cardinals 6, Giants 4 (89-63)
It was definitely a day to celebrate as the Cardinals clinched their first ever National League pennant. Flint Rhem was shelled in the first inning for three runs but the Cardinals got the bats going and Bill Sherdel did some quality relief pitching. The big inning for the Cards was the third inning, in which they scored five runs to pen the game up.
September 19, 1926 at the Polo Grounds
Giants 6, Cardinals 5 (87-62)
Jesse Haines was bounced after four innings in this game after he gave up five runs to the Giants. The Cardinals actually tied the game up in the fifth but a single run against Bill Sherdel in the sixth inning ended up being the difference in this one run game.
Chick Hafey doubled twice and scored a run to lead the Cardinals on offense.
September 18, 1926 at the Baker Bowl
Cardinals 7, Phillies 3 (87-60)
Flint Rhem pitched the Cardinals to their fifth straight win and in the process, the Cardinals finally shaked the Reds. It was Rhem’s 20th win of the season and he gave up three runs on nine hits with three strikeouts.
September 18, 1926 at the Baker Bowl
Phillies 3, Cardinals 2 (87-61)
The Cardinals bats didn’t get the done and the team lost despite a solid start by Grover Alexander. The loss put the Cardinals a half game ahead of the Reds in the race of the National League pennant. Alexander gave up two runs on four hits and two walks, Art Reinhart took the loss in relief of Alexander when he gave up the game winning run in the ninth inning.
Bob O’Farrell led the way with the bat. He singled, doubled and scored a run in the loss.
September 17, 1926 at the Baker Bowl
Cardinals 10, Phillies 1 (86-60)
For the fourth straight time, the Cardinals beat the Phillies and for the third straight time, they did it by racking up at least ten runs. More importantly, the Reds lost so the Cardinals now have a one game lead in the National League with only eight games left to play.
Bill Sherdel coasted to an easy win after the Cards offense game him four runs in the first inning. He gave up a single run on eight hits and one walk with four strikeouts.
September 16, 1926 at the Baker Bowl
Cardinals 23, Phillies 3 (84-60)
The Cardinals definitely made a statement in their blowout win over the Phillies. With the Phillies up 2-1 after two innings, the Cardinals scored 12 runs in the top of third inning to open the game up. Flint Rhem coasted to an easy win and he gave up three runs on six hits.
September 16, 1926 at the Baker Bowl
Cardinals 10, Phillies 2 (85-60)
While it wasn’t as impressive as their 23 run performance earlier in the day, it was still a blowout win that kept the Cardinals in lock step with the Reds. Art Reinhart held the Phillies in check and allowed only two runs on six hits and one walk with one strikeout. Reinhart also helped out his own cause at the plate. He went four for five with a run.
September 15, 1926 at the Baker Bowl
Cardinals 9, Phillies 2 (83-60)
The Cardinals turned on the offense as they topped the Phillies. The end result is, they remain just a few percentage points below the Reds in a virtual tie for the National League pennant.
September 13, 1926 at Braves Field
Braves 5, Cardinals 4 (82-60)
The Cardinals lost a heartbreaker and in the process, dropped into a tie for first place with the Cincinnati Reds. Bill Sherdel gave up the tying run in the eighth that sent the game into extra frames. Grover Alexander took over with two outs in the ninth and was very good, but the Cards’ bats disappeared and in the fourteenth, Alexander was tagged for the winning run.
Billy Southworth and Rogers Hornsby once again led the way for the Cardinals at the plate. Southworth had three hits and a run while Hornsby had two hits and a run. Taylor Douthit did his part with the only homerun of the game for either side.
September 10, 1926 at Braves Field
Braves 11, Cardinals 3 (81-58)
Grover Alexander was roughed in the later innings in the Cardinals series opener against the Boston Braves. The game was actually tied 3-3 heading into the eighth inning when the Braves exploded for six runs in that frame.
September 7, 1926 at Forbes Field
Cardinals 8, Pirates 0 (81-57)
The Cardinals made a statement in their final game of the season against the defending World Series champs. Bill Sherdel threw a nine hit shutout and the Cardinals ran up the score in the Cardinals win.
September 6, 1926 at Forbes Field
Cardinals 8, Pirates 1 (80-56)
A big fifth inning and some great pitching by Flint Rhem pushed the Cardinals over the Pirates in the first game of the doubleheader. Rhem gave up one run on only four hits with six walks in the win.
September 6, 1926 at Forbes Field
Pirates 4, Cardinals 2 (80-57)
The Cardinals couldn’t hold on to a two run lead as the Pirates salvaged a split with a game two win. Allen Sothoron took the loss. He gave up four runs on nine hits in six innings of work.
September 5, 1926 at Crosley Field
Cardinals 7, Reds 3 (79-56)
Grover Alexander picked up another win for the Cardinals and he’s been solid down the stretch. He gave up three runs on nine hits and one walk with two strikeouts.
September 4, 1926 at Crosley Field
Reds 5, Cardinals 0 (78-56)
The Cardinals gave up first place with a lost to the Reds. The Reds now lead the Cardinals by a half game in the American League with two games remaining between the two teams.
It was a scary moment in the first inning when Rogers Hornsby collpased in the first inning after losing a pop fly in the sun. Hornsby was tended to by a physician and ended up getting up and finishing out the game.
Bill Sherdel was shelled and he gave up four runs in the first inning and was pulled after getting only two outs. There’s not much to say about the Cardinals on offense. They managed only five hits and they were all by different players.
September 3, 1926 at Crosley Field
Reds 4, Cardinals 2 (78-55)
September 2, 1926 at Wrigley Field
Cardinals 2, Cubs 0 (77-54)
The Cardinals own their fifth straight game behind a masterful three hit shutout by Grover Alexander. Oddly, Alexander didn’t strikeout a single Cub despite mowing them down one after another. Alexander even helped out his own cause with two hits and a run.
Taylor Douthit led the way with the bat. He had two hits, including a triple, he scored the other run and he drove in Alexander for the other run.
September 2, 1926 at Wrigley Field
Cardinals 9, Cubs 1 (78-54)
Rogers Hornsby had another big game at the plate in the Cardinals sixth straight win. He homered, finished with two hits and he scored two runs. Billy Southworth also was hot with the bat. He had three hits and two runs in the blow out win.
Flint Rhem coasted to an easy win but he was just as effective as the other starters during the Cardinals winning streak. In the six consecutive wins, only one time did a starter give up more then two runs and in that one instance only three runs were scored. Rhem gave up one run on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts.
September 1, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 5, Pirates 2 (76-54)
Rogers Hornsby led the way for the Cardinals in the series finale over the Pirates. He homered and tripled in the win and he scored one run. Les Bell also had a solid day at the plate. He had two hits and two runs.
Art Reinhart threw a solid game. He gave up two runs on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts.
August 31, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 6, Pirates 1 (74-54)
Bill Sherdel was phenomonal in the first game of the Cardinals doubleheader with the Pirates. He gave up only one run in the fourth inning and the Pirates were able to get only seven hits off him the entire game. He walked none and struck out one.
August 31, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 2, Pirates 1 (75-54)
The second game of the double header was a carbon copy of the first for the Cardinals, at least on the pitching side. Allen Sothoron gave up only a single run (also in the fourth inning) on six hits. Only this time, the Cards didn’t score quite as many runs. In the Pirates had the lead until the Cardinals scored two runs in the seventh inning.
Tommy Thevenow had two hits and Hafey singled and scored a run in the win.
August 30, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Pirates 3, Cardinals 0 (72-54)
Flint Rhem gave up three runs on eight hits in eight innings of work. He struck out three.
August 30, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 5, Pirates 3 (73-54)
Jesse Haines threw a solid game. He gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts.
August 29, 2006 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 2, Pirates 2 (72-53)
The game only took an hour and fifty three minutes, but the fans who sat through the entire game were there for almost five hours. After two different rain delays and ten innings of play, the big series opener between the Pirates and the Cardinals ended in a tie.
Grover Alexander was excellent through ten innings. He gave up only two runs on ten hits with one walk and eight strikeouts. All the Cardinals managed was three hits, but they made them count. Bill Southworth and Jim Bottomley each scored a run for the Cards.
August 28, 1926 at Sportman’s Park
Cardinals 9, Phillies 3 (72-53)
The Cardinals really turned on the offense in their win over the Phillies. Jim Bottomley, Taylor Douthit and Tommy Thevenow all scored twice. Thevenow led the way and he finished a homerun short of hitting for the cycle.
Art Reinhart cruised to an easy win. He gave up three runs on eight hits.
August 27, 1926 at Sportman’s Park
Phillies 9, Cardinals 7 (71-53)
Vic Keen and Bill Sherdel were knocked around to the tune of nine runs in the first six innings. The Cardinals tried to mount a comeback but they fell two runs short. Neither team scored in the final three frames and Bill Sherdel walked away with the loss.
Jim Bottomley had the big game at the plate. He had three hits and he scored twice.
August 26, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Phillies 3, Cardinals 2 (71-52)
With a month left in the season, the National League pennant race was really heating up. The Cardinals loss today put them into a virtual three team tie with the Reds and Pirates for first place in the National League. The Pirates actually got the nod because with three less losses and three less wins, Pittsburgh was mere percentage points ahead of it’s two rivals.
The Cardinals were able to get on base, they just couldn’t score. They out hit the Phillies 13-8 but only scored two runs. Jesse Haines helped out his own cause with two hits and a run. He struck out four and walked one.
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