Thursday, July 31, 2014

July 31, 1937: Win #210 For Ole Jesse Haines

     On July 31, 1937, Jesse Haines complete game performance against the Dodgers in St. Louis led the way to a 4-3 Cardinals win over the Brooklyn Dodgers. The 43-year-old knuckleballer worked his way around eight hits to survive in the contest that was highlighted by a 2 for 4 day by third baseman who came away with two RBIs, which included the game winning ribbie in the sixth. While the performance by Haines was not the most dominant of his career, it has a great historical significance because it was his last, and his 210th win in a Cardinals uniform. Only Bob Gibson's 245 wins rank higher than Haines on the franchise's all time wins list.

     The first time Haines tossed a ball for the Redbirds came in 1920. He gave the next 18 years of his life to the organization winning 18 games or more three times, and was the ace of the staff throughout the 1920s. He tossed a no-hitter for the club in 1924, and was key in beating the Yankees in the 1926 World Series, as he pitched the club to victory twice in the Fall Classic, which included a strong performance in the seventh game of the series. Haines was also part of pennant winners in 1928, 1930, 1931, and 1934. He pitched in each of those World Series besides the 1931 series, however, his 12-3 record had helped the club get to where they wanted to go. While Haines has not had a number retired by the club, nor is he recognized on the wall of fame in left, he truly is one of the great Cardinals from the past. The man they called "Pop" joined the ranks of baseball's immortal bunch in Cooperstown in 1970.

Check out the box score here:

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