Preserving the Rich History of the St. Louis Cardinals
Saturday, August 23, 2014
August 23, 1955: Stan The Man Leads The Way In New York
On August 23, 1955, Stan "The Man" Musial led the Cardinals to a 2-1 win at the Polo Grounds in New York by going 3 for 4, while his alertness on the basepaths led to what proved to be the game winning run in the eighth inning. The Giants had been clinging to a one run lead since the third, then watched it disappear in the seventh when Rip Repulski ripped a pinch hit single that brought Ken Boyer into score. The winning tally in the eighth started with Red Schoendienst standing on first after picking up his third hit of the day. Stan came to the dish and knocked a single into right, which sent Red scampering to third. The Giants right fielder threw to third in an unsuccessful attempt to take Red off the basepaths, while Musial moved on over to second. The Giants starter Johnny Antonelli had worked around jam after jam all day long, and when he was able to get Red out on a fielder's choice he might have thought he was going to get out of this one. However, Stan had taken third, and Antonelli's luck ran out two batters later when catcher Bill Sarni hit a slow roller down the third base line that brought Stan into score the most important run of the day. Paul LaPalme who had come on in relief in the seventh did not allow one more Giants batter to reach base the rest of the way. Another day to remember from the life and times of Stan The Man, as well as the rest of the men he called teammates on that fine day in the Big Apple.