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1946 St. Louis Cardinals

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1946 St. Louis Cardinals

1946 World Series

The war over, baseball fans anticipated turning full attention to the game with its stars back from military duty. 1946 turned out to be one of the most exciting pennant races in history.

Even though the Cardinals were heavily favored to win at the start of the season, they fell 7 1/2 games behind in early July before closing the gap that continued with neither the Dodgers or Redbirds leading by more than 2 1/2 all the way through September. They ended up with identical 96-58 records at the end of the regular season to force the first ever best of three playoff for the NL title.

Led by Musial's MVP heroics, the Cardinals led the National League in batting and fielding, but also topped the league in earned run average.

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W
L
G
CG
IP
K
ERA
Red Barrett  3  2  23   1   67  22  4.03
Johnny Beazley  7  5  19   5 103  36  4.46
Al Brazle 11 10  37   6 153.1  58  3.29
Harry Brecheen 15 15  36  30 231.1 117  2.49
Ken Burkhart  6  3  25   5 100  32  2.88
Murry Dickson 15  6  47  12 184.1  82  2.88
Blix Donnelly  1  2  13   0   13.2  11  3.95
Howie Krist  0  2  15   0   18.2    3  6.75
Max Lanier  6  0   6   6   56  36  1.93
Freddie Martin  2  1   6   3   28.2  19  4.08
George Munger  2  2  10   2   48.2  28  3.33
Howie Pollet 21 10  32  22  266 107  2.10
Freddie Schmidt  1  0  16   0   27.1  14  3.29
Ted Wilks  8  0  40   0   95  40  3.41

 
G
AB
R
H
HR
RBI
SB
Avg
Stan Musial (1B) 156 624 124 228  16 103  7  .365
Red Schoendienst (2B) 142 606  94 170   0  34 12  .281
Marty Marion (SS) 146 498  51 116   3  46  1  .233
Whitey Kurowski (3B) 142 519  76 156  14  89  2  .301
Enos Slaughter (RF) 156 609 100 183  18 130  9  .300
Harry Walker (CF) 112 346  53  82   3  27 12  .237
Erv Dusak (LF) 100 275  38  66   9  42  7  .240
Joe Garagiola (C)  74 211  21  50   3  22  0  .237
Buster Adams  81 173  21  32   5  22  3  .185
Jeff Cross  49  69  17  15   0   6  4  .217
Bill Endicott  20  20   2   4   0   3  0  .200
Nippy Jones  16  12   3   4   0   1  0  .333
Lou Klein  23  93  12  18   1   4  1  .194
Clyde Klutz  52 136   8  36   0  14  0  .265
Terry Moore  91 278  32  73   3  28  0  .263
Del Rice  55 139  10  38   1  12  0  .273
Dick Sisler  83 235  17  61   3  42  0  .260

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