Friday, June 26, 2015

June 26, 1926: The Birds Rally In St. Louis; Sisler Steals Home In The Windy City

     On June 26, 1926, the Cardinals pulled one out of the fire in St. Louis, as they found themselves trailing the Cubs 6-2 headed into the bottom of the seventh, then exploded for six runs that was capped off by a two run blast off of Rogers Hornsby. The Cubbies scratched another run across in the eighth, but the two run clout proved to be the game winner, as the Birds prevailed 8-7. The win moved the club into second place. They would fight and claw all season long to take the top prize in the National League, which led to a celebration like no other.

     Rogers hit just 11 homers that season, which was a far cry from his league leading 39 he cranked out of the yard a year before.  As stated many times before, Hornsby's leadership as the skipper of the team, along with what was considered an off year for the man who hit .317, was instrumental in bringing the Cardinals their first title. His days with the Birds would end soon thereafter, however, Rogers Hornsby would forever be a Cardinal.

     Bonus fact: On that same day in Chicago, the St. Louis Browns won the first game 5-4 of a doubleheader against the White Sox, which came after a 33-year-old George Sisler stole home in the top of the ninth. The Browns came into the inning down 3-2 before turning the scoreboard with a three run rally that was capped off by Sisler's theft of home plate. The Pale Hose fought back in the bottom of the inning by scoring a run, but they could not plate another as Sisler and his boys celebrated a victory at Comiskey.

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