Still working my way through Xmas gifts. I got the complete NY Times history of great Cardinal moments. It is a newspaper with selected pages from key days in Cardinals history as written by the NYT baseball staff. Pretty interesting in that it is a non-biased view of events. Starts in 1926 and goes through modern times.
Many, many interesting features but one of the oddest is that when the Cards clinch in 1930 there is a separate article on that page discussing Babe Ruth coming out to pitch the final regular season game in 1930 for the Yankees against Boston.
Guy hasn't pitched in 9 years and to the best of anyone's knowledge was not practicing for weeks/months ahead of time. So after a nine year layoff, he comes out and throws goose eggs at Boston for eight innings. Goes the full nine for the win, and from all appearances dominates the opposition (ok, Boston only won 52 games that year).
A few quotes from the article below.
"Babe Ruth stepped to the mound for the first time in a decade..and to 12,000 visibly and audibly impressed fans demonstrated that the mighty left arm... still retains its power."
"on the pitching slab, he dealt speeds and curves in a manner that utterly bewildered the Red Sox"
"all four hits...credited to Sox in the first six innings...were scratches. Until the sixth no Sox reached second base."
"In the second inning and again in the third, the Babe, with a man on first, picked up a hot smash off the bat, and started a double play by deft throw to second."
The Babe also went 2-5 hitting.
No one on this site needs recitation of the great pitching career of the Babe, but still what an amazing story. How many ML pitchers could take nine years off and pitch a complete game win, let alone dominate, another ML team. Without practice.
Not to mention, he starts two double plays from a position he hasn't played in 9 years and goes 2-5.
Makes you wonder what he would have done had they let him pitch for the Yankees. Figure conservatively, an average of 20 wins a year for those great Yankee teams and he could have come close to 300 wins AND 714 home runs.
Final question. Does the P-D offer any historical distillation of Cardinals reporting?