Sunday, August 10, 2014

August 10, 1944: Cooper and Kurowski Lead The Birds To The Win Column

     On August 10, 1944, Mort Cooper led the way with his arm, and Whitey Kurowski led the way with his bat during a 2-0 win at Sportsman's Park. Cooper's complete game performance led to his 15th victory of the campaign, while Kurowski's second inning two run blast was his 13th of the year. The two players would lead the clubs in wins and dingers. Cooper with 22 wins, and Kurowski with 20 big flies. The two players efforts, along with the rest of the men on the roster were instrumental in the club's success that ended with a World Series championship, which came against the hometown Browns who the Cardinals defeated in six games.

     That day those Browns were in New York beating the Yankees, which extended a winning streak to a season's best 10 games. I used the 10 game streak by the Browns as a fact for On This Day In Sports today, and after writing it I thought why not see what the Cards did that day to intertwine the two. This weekend might have been a tough one for the Birds, but I thought since we were playing that club who used to call themselves the Browns it would make it interesting. As a person who loves the history of not only the Cardinals, but the city of St. Louis as a whole, I often think about how great that had to have been to have two pennant winning clubs in the city. It had to be something. That's for sure.

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