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1942 St. Louis Cardinals

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1942 St. Louis Cardinals

1942 World Series

Even though most pundits were ready to crown the Yankees and Dodgers as pennant winners in the 1942 spring, something happened during spring training in St. Petersburgh. The St. Louis "Swifties" were born.

One Chicago writer described the Cardinals as the "most interesting team to watch. . . They actually like this game. Maybe they won't win the pennant, though they're aiming at it every minute they're awake. Still there's something about these Cardinals--these running, laughing, sweating, playing Cardinals."

Things didn't look good when the Redbirds trailed the Dodgers by 10 games on August 15, but they won 41 out of the last 48 games to finish two games ahead of Brooklyn. They heard a lot of the song "Pass the Biscuits, Mirandy" that season since trainer Doc Weaver would play that record after every win. (He also fired up the team with mountain music before games on his portable phonograph). Pitching was a definite strength of the 1942 Redbirds--they had a 2.55 team ERA, the lowest in baseball since 1919.

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W
L
G
CG
IP
K
ERA
Johnny Beazley 21  5  43 13 215.1  91  2.13
Mort Cooper 22  7  37  22 278.2 152  1.78
Murry Dickson  6  3  36   2 120.2  66  2.91
Harry Gumbert  9  5  38   5 163  52  3.26
Howie Drist 13  3  34   3 118.1  47  2.51
Max Lanier 13  8  34   8 160  93  2.98
Howie Pollet  7  5  27   5 109.1  42  2.88
Leo Warneke  6  4  12   5   82  31  3.29
Ernie White  7  5  26   7 128.1  67  2.52

 
G
AB
R
H
HR
RBI
SB
Avg
Johnny Hopp (1B)  95 314  41  81   3  37 14  .258
Jimmy Brown (2B) 145 606  75 155   1  71  4  .256
Marty Marion (SS) 147 485  66 134   0  54  8  .276
Whitey Kurowski (3B) 115 366  51  93   9  42  7  .254
Enos Slaughter (RF) 152 591 100 188  13  98  9  .318
Terry Moore (CF) 130 489  80 141   6  49 10  .288
Stan Musial (LF) 140 467  87 147  10  72  6  .315
Walker Cooper (C) 125 438  58 123   7  65  4  .281
Buddy Blatner  19  23   3   1   0   1  0  .043
Estel Crabtree  10    9   1   3   0   2  0  .333
Creepy Crespi  93 292  33  71   0  35  4  .243
Erv Dusak  12  27   4   5   0   3  0  .185
Ken O'Dea  58 192  22  45   5  32  0  .234
Ray Sanders  95 282  37  71   5  39  2  .252
Coaker Triplett  64 154  18  42   1  23  1  .273
Harry Walker  74 191  38  60   0  16  2  .314

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