Sunday, May 3, 2015

May 3, 1931: The Birds Win With an Extra-Inning Squeeze Play

      On May 3, 1931, Cardinals shortstop Charlie Gelbert squeezed in the winning run with a bunt in the bottom of 11th in a 5-4 win over the Cubs at Sportsman's Park. The winning run was the first Redbird run since they had scored four in the first and ran the Cubs starting pitcher Donie Busch before he even recorded an out. Jakie May took over for the Baby Bears and did an admirable job by going six innings while allowing just two hits, before lifted for a pinch hitter in the seventh. Sheriff Blake took over for May and did not skip a beat, as he only allowed one hit until what the Chicago Tribune called "a fatal rally in the eleventh." Before that fatal rally took place Gabby Hartnett took the Cardinals starter Flint Rhem deep in the fifth with a two-run shot, then in the seventh the Cubs capitalized on an error and a key hit to plate two more and tie the ballgame. That only set the stage for the fatal rally. The rally began with Frankie Frisch singling to open the 11th. Frisch moved over to third on a Jim Bottomley single, and moments later Gelbert executed the bunt perfectly to win it. The 35,892 on hand had broke an attendance record as they witnessed the red hot Cards sweep the Cubs right out of town.

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