October 5, 1926: Jesse Haines leads Cardinals to Game 3 World Series win

Jesse Haines didn’t single-handedly beat the New York Yankees in Game 2 of the 1926 World Series – it just seemed that way. Haines’ major league career started in 1915 with the Detroit Tigers, where he spent two months but never appeared in a game. While Haines was frustrated by his lack of playing time,Continue reading “October 5, 1926: Jesse Haines leads Cardinals to Game 3 World Series win”

What I’m Reading: Oh, Baby, I Love It! by Tim McCarver with Ray Robinson

Over the course of his 21-year playing career and even longer tenure in the broadcast booth, Tim McCarver has a wealth of stories and opinions. In Oh, Baby, I Love It! Baseball Summers, Hot Pennant Races, Grand Salamis, Jellylegs, El Swervos, Dingers and Dunkers, Etc., Etc., Etc., published in 1987, McCarver covers quite a bitContinue reading “What I’m Reading: Oh, Baby, I Love It! by Tim McCarver with Ray Robinson”

October 3, 1926: Cardinals even the 1926 World Series behind the heroics of Alexander and Southworth

The first World Series game victory in St. Louis Cardinals history came courtesy of two players discarded by their previous teams earlier that season. After falling to the New York Yankees in Game 1 of the 1926 World Series behind a complete-game, three-hit performance by Herb Pennock and two RBIs from Lou Gehrig, the CardinalsContinue reading “October 3, 1926: Cardinals even the 1926 World Series behind the heroics of Alexander and Southworth”

May 13, 1958: Musial reaches 3,000 hits

Stan Musial and the Cardinals had planned for his 3,000th career hit to take place in St. Louis. Then baseball, as it so often does, got in the way. Musial entered the 1958 season with 2,957 hits and quickly closed in on the milestone, opening the season with a 17-game hit streak. That season-opening tearContinue reading “May 13, 1958: Musial reaches 3,000 hits”

What I’m Reading: Stan Musial — An American Life by George Vecsey

George Vecsey’s Stan Musial: An American Life is a painstakingly researched look at the legend of the greatest Cardinals hitter of all time. As Vecsey notes throughout the book, Musial was one of the best hitters of all time, with numbers that placed him alongside Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams as the greatest hitters ofContinue reading “What I’m Reading: Stan Musial — An American Life by George Vecsey”