This afternoon the Cardinals will take on the Braves in game one of the NLDS as their postseason kicks off. The Cardinals look to add to their National League-leading eleven World Series wins. It all starts today.
Actually though, it all really started on this day in 1926. Per @retrosimba, one of my favorite Twitter accounts:
On this date in 1926, the Cardinals won a World Series game for the first time. Grover Cleveland Alexander pitched a 4-hitter, striking out 10, in the Cardinals' 6-2 win over the Yankees in Game 2. pic.twitter.com/Gr8vned2J8— Mark Tomasik (@retrosimba) October 3, 2019
The Cardinals went on the win that World Series in seven games becoming World Series Champions for the first time in franchise history. The pitching staff was lead by Pete (Grover Cleveland) Alexander and Jesse Haines. The pair appeared in six games — three games each — both making two starts and one relief appearance. Alexander even earned one save in his relief appearance. In just over 20 innings Alexander allowed three earned runs on 12 hits, 4 walks, and notched 17 strikeouts for a 1.33 ERA. Haines had slightly better results with a 1.08 ERA in over 16 innings, allowing just 2 earned runs on 13 hits, 9 walks, and 5 strikeouts. He also homered once in his five at bats. On the batting side, the team was lead by Tommy Thevenow, Jim Bottomley, and Billy Southworth. During the regular season Rogers Hornsby was the guy, of course, but he had an average series going 7 for 28 with only one extra base hit. Thevenow, Bottomley, and Southworth led the team tied with 10 hits with Thevenow and Southworth each contributing a home run and Bottomley hitting three doubles.
On this day in 1926 one of those Bottomley doubles scored Taylor Douthit and Southworth in the top of the third inning to tie game two of the series at 2-2. Southworth hit a three-run home run in the top of the seventh to give the Cardinals a 5-2 lead. The rest was history.
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