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1964 St. Louis Cardinals

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1964 St. Louis Cardinals

1964 World Series

The end of the National League pennant chase in 1964 goes down as one of the most remarkable comebacks of all time. After splitting a doubleheader on September 10, the Cardinals remained six games behind the Phillies with just 22 games to play. On September 21, the Redbirds were 6 1/2 games out with 13 games left to play.

But then the Phillies went into a losing streak while the Cardinals began winning. On the final day of the season, the Cardinals and Reds were tied for first place with the Phillies looming one game back. The Phillies finally got back on the winning track by clobbering the Reds 10-0 and prayed for the woeful Mets to upend the Redbirds, but at the end of the final game, Harry Caray screams over the airwaves over and over, "The Cardinals win the pennant! The Cardinals win the pennant! The Cardinals win the pennant!"

It was a June 13 trade that turned out to be the key ingredient for the Cardinals success in 1964 and for the rest of the decade--a trade that will forever go down as the best the Cardinals ever made (and the worst for the Cubs): the Lou Brock for Ernie Broglio deal. Ironically, general manager Bing Devine, who had engineered the deal, was fired in mid August when owner Gussie Busch was disgusted with the team's fifth-place standing at the time. This firing would lead to one of the most bizarre post World Series events in baseball history, as victorious manager Johnny Keane resigned his post (in anger over the treatment of his friend, Bing Devine) and accepted the manager's job with the Yankees after they fired Yogi Berra.

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W
L
G
CG
IP
K
ERA
Ernie Broglio  3  5  11   3  69.1  36  3.50
Lew Burdette  1  0   8   0   10   3  1.80
Roger Craig  7  9  39   3 166  84  3.25
Mike Cuellar  5  5  32   1   92  56  4.50
Bob Gibson 19 12  40  17 287.1 245  3.01
Glen Hobbie  1  2  13   1   44.1  18  4.26
Bob Humphreys  2  0  28   0   42.2  36  2.53
Gordie Richardson  4  2  19   1   47  28  2.30
Ray Sadecki 20 11  37   9 220 119  3.68
Barney Schultz  1  3  30   0   49.1  29  1.64
Bobby Shantz  1  3  16   0   17.1  12  3.12
Curt Simmons 18  9  34  12 244 104  3.43
Ron Taylor  8  4  63   0 101.1  69  4.62
Ray Washburn  3  4  15   0   60  28  4.05

 
G
AB
R
H
HR
RBI
SB
Avg
Bill White (1B) 160 631  92 191  21 102  7  .303
Julian Javier (2B) 155 535  66 129  12  65  9  .241
Dick Groat (SS) 161 636  70 186   1  70  2  .292
Ken Boyer (3B) 162 628 100 185  24 119  3  .295
Mike Shannon (RF)  88 253  30  66   9  43  4  .261
Curt Flood (CF) 162 679  97 211   5  46  8  .311
Lou Brock (LF) 103 419  81 146  12  44 33  .348
Tim McCarver (C) 143 465  53 134   9  52  2  .288
Jerry Buchek  35  30   7   6   0   1  0  .200
Doug Clemens  33  78   8  16   1   9  0  .205
Phil Gagliano  40  58   5  15   1   9  0  .259
Charlie James  88 233  24  52   5  17  0  .223
Johnny Lewis  40  94  10  22   2   7  2  .234
Jeoff Long  28  43   5  10   1   4  0  .233
Dal Maxvill  37  26   4   6   0   4  1  .231
Bob Skinner  55 118  10  32   1  16  0  .271
Ed Spiezio  12  12   0   4   0   0  0  .333
Bob Uecker  40 106   8  21   1   6  0  .198
Carl Warwick  88 158  14  41   3  15  2  .259

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