Friday, October 3, 2014

October 3, 1946: The Cardinals Take The Flag In Brooklyn

     On October 3, 1946, the Cardinals win the National League Pennant by beating the Dodgers 8-4 in what was the first ever tie breaking playoff series in the history of Major League Baseball. Just two days earlier Howie Pollet, and Joe Garagiola had played the heroes, and two days later just about everyone got in on the action. In fact the entire starting lineup had recorded a hit, which included three triples, and one of those triples was legged out by Murry Dickson who had also toed the Redbird rubber on that fine October day. Dickson looked like he would nail down a complete game victory as he sailed into the ninth up 8-1. However that was not to be, as he looked to tire in the inning, and before he knew it two runs had scored to make it 8-3, and he was getting the hook. Harry "The Cat" Brecheen took over for Dickson, and gave up an RBI single, then he walked a man to load the bases. Brecheen put that fire out by striking out Eddie Stanky and Howie Schultz back-to-back. The Cardinals were the Champions of the National League.

Check out the box score here:

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