Preserving the Rich History of the St. Louis Cardinals
Thursday, June 12, 2014
June 12, 1927: Les Bell Comes Through With a Walk Off Blast
On June 12, 1927, trailing 4-3, with one out, and a man on in the bottom of the ninth at Sportsman's Park, Cardinals third baseman Les Bell stepped to the plate and hit a walk off shot that propelled the Birds to a 5-4 victory over the visiting Phillies. That one swing of the bat instantly ruined the day of each of the men on that Phillies roster, but none bigger than that of Johnny Mokan. The leftfielder had picked up five hits in five trips to the plate, knocking in two, while only crossing the dish once. The June of '27 was the best month of the year for the defending World Series Champions, as they went 17-9. The club finished with 92 wins, which made them the first 90 win team since 1889 when they were the American Association's Browns. Despite improving their record by three games, the Cardinals fell short in repeating as National League Champions, as they finished three games behind the Pirates. With that said, they were a part of what was a Golden Era in Cardinal Baseball.