Sunday, July 6, 2014

July 6, 1952: Stan's Walk Off Sparks A Doubleheader Sweep

     On July 6, 1952, in the first game of a doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Sportsman's Park, Stan Musial led the Cardinals to a 6-5 winner with ninth inning walk off shot. Musial's bat was on the ball throughout, as "The Man" picked up a double, a single, the home run, and crossing the dish twice. The last time he crossed the dish his teammates mobbed him as the walk off hero. The Birds capped off a doubleheader sweep with a 6-4 victory in the second game that was highlighted with home runs by Dick Sisler and Del Rice. Musial crossed the dish twice in the contest as well.  

     Stan Musial hit 12 walk off home runs during his storied career, which stood as a shared record for most walk offs in a career. Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, and Frank Robinson hit 12 walk offs during their careers as well. Jim Thome surpassed Musial and company in 2012 when he connected with the 13th walk off shot of his career.

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