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.
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