Saturday, July 13, 2013

July 13, 1940: Mize Hits For The Cycle

On July 13, 1940, Johnny Mize hit for the cycle in the first game of a doubleheader against the Giants at Sportsman's Park. Mize completed the feat with a triple in the ninth, then scored the game winning run on an error by Giants catcher Harry Danning that gave the Redbirds a 7-6 victory. The nightcap would be decided in the bottom of the ninth as well, the Cardinals held a 3-0 lead after 6 innings then the Giants struck for a run in the 7th then 2 more in the 8th to set up another great finish. The Cardinals loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth then Terry Moore's single brought Mickey Owen into score. It was a thrilling day at the ole ballpark. The first win put to bed a 6 game losing streak and started a pretty decent stretch of ball for the club as they won 9 of their next 10 games.

Here are the box scores for both contests:
First game
Second game

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