Saturday, October 5, 2013

October 5, 1926: The First World Series Game Played In The Lou

On October 5, 1926, 37,708 fans packed Sportsman's Park to watch the Cardinals take on the New York Yankees in Game Three of the Fall Classic. Those fans witnessed the first World Series to be played in St. Louis in the modern era. After the teams split the first two games in New York, the Cardinals returned to St. Louis with a heroes welcome. The mayor of the city Victor Miller ordered that the workday be ended at 3 p.m. so all the fans in the city could meet at Union Station to welcome the team home. Rogers Hornsby was presented with a brand new Lincoln sedan while each player on the team received a brand new hat, a new pair of shoes, and a gold watch to commemorate their achievements. Once the teams got to playing ball, Jesse Haines proved to be too much for the Yankees. The Cardinals hurler and future Hall of Famer limited the Yankees to just 5 hits as he went the distance in a 4-0 shutout. Haines also hit a two run home run in the fourth that capped off a three run frame for the Birds. The Cards added one more to the board in the fifth after Billy Southworth and Rogers Hornsby led the inning off with back-to-back singles. Southworth moved all the way to third after Hornsby's hit then Jim Bottomley knocked him in with a groundout to second. Haines struck out just three men while going the distance for the team, he was not only assisted by his bat and his arm, the Cardinals defense behind him played spectacularly as they rolled to victory.

Here's the box score:

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