Saturday, September 27, 2014

September 27, 1942: The Cardinals Take The Flag

     On September 27, 1942, with a 9-2 victory over the Cubs during the first game of a doubleheader at Sportsman's Park the Cardinals punched their ticket to the World Series. Ernie White led the way to the pennant clinching victory by striking out eight, and allowing just five hits, while Terry Moore led an 11-hit offensive outburst by going 3 for 5 with three RBIs, and two runs scored. The final out of the ballgame came off the bat of Clyde McCullough, and sailed into the mitt of a 21-year-old rookie by the name of Stan Musial. It was said that when that ball hit the mitt a celebration broke out at the ballpark that reverberated through the neighborhood. St. Louis was buzzing. The National League Crown had returned for the first time since 1934. The club followed up the pennant clincher by knocking off the Cubs 4-1 in the second game, as they prepared for a battle against the Yankees.

     The '42 Cardinals were a young hungry bunch that had won 43 out of their last 51 games, which led to the number 106 being featured in the win column. No team in franchise history has won more ballgames than that group of men. They had held off the Dodgers by just two games in what was great race of baseball thoroughbreds. They had another thoroughbred in front of them with the New Yankees who had won the World Series in five of the previous six seasons. While many had the Bronx Bombers picked to win it, there were many who thought that the Cardinals could get the job done, and that they did. Eight days after that pennant clinching game the Cardinals were World Champions. They had toppled the mighty Yankees in five games.

Check out the pennant clinching box score:


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