1944 World Series

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The 1944 World Series was an all-St. Louis World Series, matching up the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Browns at Sportsman's Park. It marked only the third time in World Series history in which both teams had the same home field, Sportsman's Park (the other two being the 1921 and 1922 in the Polo Grounds).

1944 saw perhaps the nadir of 20th-century baseball, as the long-moribund St. Louis Browns won their only American League pennant. The pool of talent was depleted by the draft to the point that in 1945 (but not 1944), as the military scraped deeper and deeper into the ranks of the possibly eligible, the Browns actually used a one-armed player, Pete Gray. Some of the players were 4-Fs, physical rejects whose defects precluded duty in the trenches but not limping around the bases of ballparks. Others divided their time between factory work in defense industries and baseball, some being able to play ball only on weekends. Some just plain got lucky.

Stan Musial of the Cardinals was one. Musial, enlisting in early 1945 but never called, was able to stay with his team throughout the war. The Browns, on the other hand, were not so fortunate, and their 1944 team was a patched together fabric of those ineligible for military service, virtual misfits, alcoholics and retreads who somehow managed to win games.

As both teams called Sportsman's Park home, the 2𣛨 home field assignment was preserved. The Junior World Series of that same year, partly hosted in Baltimore's converted football stadium, easily outdrew the "real" Series and attracted attention to Baltimore as a potential major league city. Ten years later, the Browns transferred there and became the Orioles. Another all-Missouri World Series was played 41 years later, with the Kansas City Royals defeating the Cardinals in seven games.

The Series was also known as the "Streetcar Series", or the "St. Louis Showdown."


1944 World Series-Game 1

Date Oct. 4th, 1944
Location Sportsman's Park
Attendance 33,242

1944 World Series Game 1-Line Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis(AL) 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0
St. Louis(NL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 0


1944 World Series Game 1-Box Score

St. Louis Browns 2, St. Louis Cardinals 1

St. Louis Browns St. Louis Cardinals
Player ab r h rbi Player ab r h rbi
Gutteridge 2b 4 0 0 0 Hopp cf 5 0 1 0
Kreevich cf 4 0 0 0 Sanders 1b 3 0 1 0
Laabs lf 4 0 0 0 Musial rf 3 0 1 0
Stephens ss 3 0 0 0 Cooper W. c 3 0 0 0
Moore rf 3 1 1 0 Kurowski 3b 4 0 1 0
McQuinn 1b 3 1 1 2 Litwhiler lf 2 0 0 0
Christman 3b 3 0 0 0 Fallon 2b 1 0 0 0
Hayworth c 3 0 0 0 Marion ss 4 1 2 0
Galehouse p 2 0 0 0 Verban 2b 2 0 1 0
- - - - - Bergamo ph,lf 1 0 0 0
- - - - - Cooper M. p 2 0 0 0
- - - - - Garms ph 1 0 0 0
- - - - - Donnelly p 0 0 0 0
- - - - - O'Dea ph 1 0 0 1
Total 29 2 2 2 Total 32 1 7 1
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis(AL) 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0
St. Louis(NL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 0
St. Louis Browns IP H R ER BB SO
Galehouse W(1-0) 9.0 7 1 1 4 5
Total 9.0 7 1 1 4 5
St. Louis Cardinals IP H R ER BB SO
Cooper M. L(0-1) 7.0 2 2 2 3 4
Donnelly 2.0 0 0 0 0 2
Total 9.0 2 2 2 3 6

E朜one. DP朣t. Louis 1. 2B朣t. Louis Marion 2 (2,off Galehouse 2). HR朣t. Louis McQuinn (1,4th inning off M Cooper 1 on, 2 out). SH朚usial (1,off Galehouse). IBB朩 Cooper (1,by Galehouse). IBB朑alehouse (1,W Cooper). U-HP朲iggy Sears (NL), 1B朆ill McGowan (AL), 2B朤om Dunn (NL), 3B朑eorge Pipgras (AL). T2:05. A33,242.


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1944 World Series-Game 2

Date Oct. 5th, 1944
Location Sportsman's Park
Attendance 35,076

1944 World Series Game 2-Line Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
St. Louis(AL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 7 4
St. Louis(NL) 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 7 0


1944 World Series Game 2-Box Score

St. Louis Browns 2, St. Louis Cardinals 3

St. Louis Browns St. Louis Cardinals
Player ab r h rbi Player ab r h rbi
Gutteridge 2b 4 0 0 0 Bergamo lf 5 0 0 1
Kreevich cf 5 0 2 0 Hopp cf 5 0 0 0
Laabs lf 4 0 0 0 Musial rf 5 0 1 0
Zarilla ph,lf 1 0 0 0 Cooper W. c 4 0 1 0
Stephens ss 5 0 0 0 Sanders 1b 3 2 1 0
McQuinn 1b 2 0 1 0 Kurowski 3b 4 0 2 0
Christman 3b 5 0 0 0 Marion ss 3 0 0 0
Moore rf 5 1 2 0 Verban 2b 3 1 1 1
Hayworth c 5 1 1 1 O'Dea ph 1 0 1 1
Potter p 2 0 0 0 Lanier p 2 0 0 0
Mancuso ph 1 0 1 1 Donnelly p 1 0 0 0
Shirley pr 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Muncrief p 1 0 0 0 - - - - -
Total 40 2 7 2 Total 36 3 7 3
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
St. Louis(AL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 7 4
St. Louis(NL) 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 7 0
St. Louis Browns IP H R ER BB SO
Potter 6.0 4 2 0 2 3
Muncrief L(0-1) 4.1 3 1 1 3 4
Total 10.1 7 3 1 5 7
St. Louis Cardinals IP H R ER BB SO
Lanier 7.0 5 2 2 3 6
Donnelly W(1-0) 4.0 2 0 0 1 7
Total 11.0 7 2 2 4 13

E朑utteridge (1), Christman (1), Potter 2 (2). DP朣t. Louis 2. 2B朣t. Louis Hayworth (1,off Lanier); Kreevich (1,off Lanier); McQuinn (1,off Donnelly), St. Louis W Cooper (1,off Potter); Kurowski (1,off Potter). IBB朚cQuinn (1,by Donnelly); Marion 2 (2,by Potter,by Muncrief); Sanders (1,by Muncrief). SH朙anier (1,off Potter); W Cooper (1,off Muncrief); Kurowski (1,off Muncrief). IBB朠otter (1,Marion); Muncrief 2 (2,Sanders,Marion); Donnelly (1,McQuinn). U-HP朆ill McGowan (AL), 1B朤om Dunn (NL), 2B朑eorge Pipgras (AL), 3B朲iggy Sears (NL). T2:32. A35,076.


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1944 World Series-Game 3

Date Oct. 6th, 1944
Location Sportsman's Park
Attendance 34,737

1944 World Series Game 3-Line Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis(NL) 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 7 0
St. Louis(AL) 0 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 x 6 8 2

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1944 World Series Game 3-Box Score

St. Louis Cardinals 2, St. Louis Browns 6

St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Browns
Player ab r h rbi Player ab r h rbi
Litwhiler lf 5 0 0 0 Gutteridge 2b 4 1 1 0
Hopp cf 4 1 1 0 Kreevich cf 4 0 0 0
Musial rf 4 0 1 0 Moore rf 4 1 1 0
Cooper c 4 0 2 1 Stephens ss 2 2 1 0
Sanders 1b 3 0 1 0 McQuinn 1b 3 1 3 2
Kurowski 3b 4 1 0 0 Zarilla lf 4 1 1 1
Marion ss 4 0 2 1 Christman 3b 4 0 1 1
Verban 2b 2 0 0 0 Hayworth c 2 0 0 0
Garms ph 1 0 0 0 Kramer p 4 0 0 0
Fallon 2b 1 0 0 0 - - - - -
Wilks p 1 0 0 0 - - - - -
Schmidt p 1 0 0 0 - - - - -
Bergamo ph 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Jurisich p 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Byerly p 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
O'Dea p 1 0 0 0 - - - - -
Total 35 2 7 2 Total 31 6 8 4
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis(NL) 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 7 0
St. Louis(AL) 0 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 x 6 8 2
St. Louis Cardinals IP H R ER BB SO
Wilks L(0-1) 2.2 5 4 4 3 3
Schmidt 3.1 1 0 0 1 1
Jurisich 0.2 2 2 2 1 0
Byerly 1.1 0 0 0 0 1
Total 8.0 8 6 6 5 5
St. Louis Browns IP H R ER BB SO
Kramer W(1-0) 9.0 7 2 0 2 10
Total 9.0 7 2 0 2 10

E朑utteridge (2), Stephens (1). DP朣t. Louis 1. PB朩 Cooper (1). 2B朣t. Louis W Cooper (2,off Kramer), St. Louis Gutteridge (1,off Jurisich); McQuinn (2,off Jurisich). IBB朒ayworth (1,by Schmidt). WP朣chmidt (1). IBB朣chmidt (1,Hayworth). U-HP朤om Dunn (NL), 1B朑eorge Pipgras (AL), 2B朲iggy Sears (NL), 3B朆ill McGowan (AL). T2:19. A34,737.


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1944 World Series-Game 4

Date Oct. 7th, 1944
Location Sportsman's Park
Attendance 35,455

1944 World Series Game 4-Line Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis(NL) 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 12 0
St. Louis(AL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 9 1

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1944 World Series Game 4-Box Score

St. Louis Cardinals 5, St. Louis Browns 1

St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Browns
Player ab r h rbi Player ab r h rbi
Litwhiler lf 4 1 2 0 Gutteridge 2b 4 0 2 0
Hopp cf 5 1 2 0 Kreevich cf 5 0 1 0
Musial rf 4 2 3 2 Moore rf 3 1 0 0
Cooper W. c 4 0 2 1 Stephens ss 4 0 1 0
Sanders 1b 5 1 1 0 Laabs lf 4 0 2 0
Kurowski 3b 4 0 0 0 McQuinn 1b 3 0 1 0
Marion ss 4 0 1 1 Christman 3b 4 0 1 0
Verban 2b 4 0 1 0 Hayworth c 2 0 0 0
Brecheen p 4 0 0 0 Mancuso c 2 0 1 0
- - - - - Jakucki p 0 0 0 0
- - - - - Clary ph 1 0 0 0
- - - - - Hollingsworth p 1 0 0 0
- - - - - Byrnes ph 0 0 0 0
- - - - - Shirley p 0 0 0 0
- - - - - Turner ph 1 0 0 0
Total 38 5 12 4 Total 34 1 9 0
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis(NL) 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 12 0
St. Louis(AL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 9 1
St. Louis Cardinals IP H R ER BB SO
Brecheen W(1-0) 9.0 9 1 1 4 4
Total 9.0 9 1 1 4 4
St. Louis Browns IP H R ER BB SO
Jakucki L(0-1) 3.0 5 4 3 0 4
Hollingsworth 4.0 5 1 1 2 1
Shirley 2.0 2 0 0 1 1
Total 9.0 12 5 4 3 6

E朑utteridge (3). DP朣t. Louis 2. 2B朣t. Louis Marion (3,off Hollingsworth); Musial (1,off Hollingsworth), St. Louis Laabs (1,off Brecheen). 3B朣t. Louis W Cooper (1,off Shirley). HR朣t. Louis Musial (1,1st inning off Jakucki 1 on, 1 out). IBB朩 Cooper (2,by Hollingsworth). IBB朒ollingsworth (1,W Cooper). U-HP朑eorge Pipgras (AL), 1B朲iggy Sears (NL), 2B朆ill McGowan (AL), 3B朤om Dunn (NL). T2:22. A35,455.


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1944 World Series-Game 5

Date Oct. 8th, 1944
Location Sportsman's Park
Attendance 36,568

1944 World Series Game 5-Line Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis(NL) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 6 1
St. Louis(AL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1

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1944 World Series Game 5-Box Score

St. Louis Cardinals 2, St. Louis Browns 0

St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Browns
Player ab r h rbi Player ab r h rbi
Litwhiler lf 4 1 2 1 Gutteridge 2b 2 0 0 0
Hopp cf 4 0 0 0 Baker ph,2b 1 0 0 0
Musial rf 3 0 1 0 Kreevich cf 4 0 2 0
Cooper W. c 4 0 0 0 Moore rf 4 0 0 0
Sanders 1b 4 1 1 1 Stephens ss 4 0 3 0
Kurowski 3b 4 0 1 0 McQuinn 1b 3 0 0 0
Marion ss 4 0 0 0 Zarilla lf 4 0 0 0
Verban 2b 3 0 1 0 Christman 3b 3 0 0 0
Cooper M. p 2 0 0 0 Byrnes ph 1 0 0 0
- - - - - Hayworth c 3 0 1 0
- - - - - Laabs ph 1 0 0 0
- - - - - Galehouse p 3 0 1 0
- - - - - Chartak ph 1 0 0 0
Total 32 2 6 2 Total 34 0 7 0
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis(NL) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 6 1
St. Louis(AL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
St. Louis Cardinals IP H R ER BB SO
Cooper M. W(1-1) 9.0 7 0 0 2 12
Total 9.0 7 0 0 2 12
St. Louis Browns IP H R ER BB SO
Galehouse L(1-1) 9.0 6 2 2 1 10
Total 9.0 6 2 2 1 10

E朚usial (1), Stephens (2). DP朣t. Louis 1. 2B朣t. Louis Litwhiler (1,off Galehouse); Musial (2,off Galehouse), St. Louis Kreevich (2,off M Cooper); Stephens (1,off M Cooper). HR朣t. Louis Sanders (1,6th inning off Galehouse 0 on, 2 out); Litwhiler (1,8th inning off Galehouse 0 on, 0 out). SH朚 Cooper (1,off Galehouse). U-HP朲iggy Sears (NL), 1B朑eorge Pipgras (AL), 2B朤om Dunn (NL), 3B朆ill McGowan (AL). T2:04. A36,568.


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1944 World Series-Game 6

Date Oct. 9th, 1944
Location Sportsman's Park
Attendance 31,630

1944 World Series Game 6-Line Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis(AL) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2
St. Louis(NL) 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 10 0

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1944 World Series Game 6-Box Score

St. Louis Browns 1, St. Louis Cardinals 3

St. Louis Browns St. Louis Cardinals
Player ab r h rbi Player ab r h rbi
Gutteridge 2b 0 0 0 0 Litwhiler lf 5 0 0 0
Baker ph,2b 1 0 0 0 Hopp cf 4 0 1 0
Kreevich cf 4 0 1 0 Musial rf 4 0 0 0
Moore rf 3 0 0 0 Cooper W. c 3 1 2 0
Stephens ss 4 0 0 0 Sanders 1b 3 1 1 0
Laabs lf 2 1 1 0 Kurowski 3b 3 1 1 1
McQuinn 1b 2 0 1 1 Marion ss 3 0 0 0
Christman 3b 3 0 0 0 Verban 2b 3 0 3 1
Byrnes ph 1 0 0 0 Lanier p 2 0 2 1
Hayworth c 2 0 0 0 Wilks p 1 0 0 0
Chartak ph 1 0 0 0 - - - - -
Potter p 2 0 0 0 - - - - -
Moncrief p 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Zarilla ph 1 0 0 0 - - - - -
Kramer p 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Total 29 1 3 1 Total 31 3 10 3
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis(AL) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2
St. Louis(NL) 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 10 0
St. Louis Browns IP H R ER BB SO
Potter L(0-1) 3.2 6 3 1 1 3
Murphy SV(1) 2.1 2 0 0 1 0
Kramer 2.0 2 0 0 2 2
Total 8.0 10 3 1 4 5
St. Louis Cardinals IP H R ER BB SO
Lanier W(1-0) 5.1 3 1 1 5 5
Wilks SV(1) 3.2 0 0 0 0 4
Total 9.0 3 1 1 5 9

E朣tephens (3), Hayworth (1). 2B朣t. Louis Kreevich (3,off Lanier). 3B朣t. Louis Laabs (1,off Lanier). SH朚cQuinn (1,off Lanier); Wilks (1,off Muncrief); Marion (1,off Kramer). IBB朒ayworth (2,by Lanier); Verban (1,by Kramer). WP朙anier (1). IBB朘ramer (1,Verban); Lanier (1,Hayworth). U-HP朆ill McGowan (AL), 1B朤om Dunn (NL), 2B朑eorge Pipgras (AL), 3B朲iggy Sears (NL). T2:06. A31,630.


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St. Louis Browns Team Hitting Stats

Players Name Pos GM AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI Avg BB SO SB
Floyd Baker 2b 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 2 0
Milt Byrnes ph 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1 2 0
Mike Chartak ph 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 2 0
Mark Christman 3b 6 22 2 0 0 0 0 2 .091 0 6 0
Ellis Clary ph 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Denny Galehouse p 2 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 .200 1 1 0
Don Gutteridge 2b 6 21 3 1 0 0 1 0 .143 3 5 0
Red Hayworth c 6 17 2 1 0 0 1 1 .118 3 1 0
Al Hollingsworth p 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Sig Jakucki p 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Jack Kramer p 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 2 0
Mike Kreevich of 6 26 6 3 0 0 0 0 .231 0 5 0
Chet Laabs of 5 15 3 1 1 0 1 0 .200 2 6 0
Frank Mancuso c 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 .667 0 0 0
George McQuinn 1b 6 16 7 2 0 1 2 5 .438 7 2 0
Gene Moore of 6 22 4 0 0 0 4 0 .182 3 6 0
Bob Moncrief p 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 1 0
Nels Potter p 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 1 0
Tex Shirley p 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Vern Stephens ss 6 22 5 1 0 0 2 0 .227 3 3 0
Tom Turner ph 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Al Zarilla of 4 10 1 0 0 0 1 1 .100 0 4 0
AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI Avg BB SO SB
Total 197 36 9 1 1 12 9 .183 23 49 0

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St. Louis Browns Team Pitching Stats

Players Name W L G GS CG S SH IP ERA H SO ER BB
Denny Galehouse 1 1 2 2 2 0 0 18.0 1.50 13 15 3 5
Al Hollingsworth 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4.0 2.25 5 1 1 2
Sig Jakucki 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 3.0 9.00 5 4 3 0
Jack Kramer 1 0 2 1 1 0 0 11.0 0.00 9 12 0 4
Bob Moncrief 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 6.2 1.35 5 4 1 4
Nels Potter 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 9.2 0.93 10 6 1 3
Tex Shirley 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2.0 0.00 2 1 0 1
W L G GS CG S SH IP ERA H SO ER BB
Total 2 4 11 6 3 0 0 54.1 1.49 49 43 9 19

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1944 World Series

St. Louis Cardinals Team Hitting Stats

Players Name Pos G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI Avg BB SO SB
Augie Bergamo of 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 2 3 0
Harry Brecheen p 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 1 0
Bud Byerly p 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Mort Cooper p 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 2 0
Walker Cooper c 6 22 7 2 1 0 1 2 .318 3 2 0
Blix Donnelly p 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 1 0
George Fallon 2b 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 1 0
Debs Garms ph 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Johnny Hopp of 6 27 5 0 0 0 2 0 .185 0 8 0
Al Jurisich p 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Whitey Kurowski 3b 6 23 5 1 0 0 2 1 .217 1 4 0
Max Lanier p 2 4 2 0 0 0 0 1 .500 0 0 0
Danny Litwhiler of 5 20 4 1 0 1 2 1 .200 2 7 0
Marty Marion ss 6 22 5 3 0 0 1 2 .227 2 3 0
Stan Musial of 6 23 7 2 0 1 2 2 .304 2 0 0
Ken O'Dea ph 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 .333 0 0 0
Ray Sanders 1b 6 21 6 0 0 1 5 1 .286 5 8 0
Freddy Schmidt p 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 1 0
Emil Verban 2b 6 17 7 0 0 0 1 2 .412 2 0 0
Ted Wilks p 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 2 0
AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI Avg BB SO SB
Total 204 49 9 1 3 16 15 .240 19 43 0

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1944 World Series

St. Louis Cardinals Team Pitching Stats

Players Name W L G GS CG S SH IP ERA H SO ER BB
Harry Brecheen 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 9.0 1.00 9 4 1 4
Bud Byerly 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1.1 0.00 0 1 0 0
Mort Cooper 1 1 2 2 1 0 1 16.0 1.13 9 16 2 5
Blix Donnelly 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 6.0 0.00 2 9 0 1
Al Jurisich 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.2 27.00 2 0 2 1
Max Lanier 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 12.1 2.19 8 11 3 8
Freddy Schmidt 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3.1 0.00 1 1 0 1
Ted Wilks 0 1 2 1 0 1 0 6.1 5.68 5 7 4 3
W L G GS CG S SH IP ERA H SO ER BB
Total 4 2 12 6 2 1 1 55.0 1.96 36 49 12 23

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