1926 World Series

Once again, the New York Yankees had risen to the top of the American League with solid pitching and spectacular hitting by the soon to be penned "Murderer's". Babe Ruth was joined in the spotlight by two young up-and-coming sluggers named Lou Gehrig and Earle Combs who hit .348 and .357 during the regular season. Their opponents, the National League's St. Louis Cardinals, had similar success with Rogers Hornsby, a .317 hitter, and pitchers Flint Rhem and Bill Sherdel who had won twenty and sixteen games respectively.

Both teams looked to be strong on both sides of the plate, but the Yankees remained heavy favorites after dethroning the Giants' dynasty in the 1923 World Series. Rookie Lou Gehrig had a fantastic debut in Game 1 driving in the winning run for a 6-3 opening victory. New York was not as fortunate in Game 2 as the Cardinals returned with a vengeance for a 6-2 payback. Grover Alexander went the distance against three Yankees pitchers including Urban Shocker, Bob Shawkey, who came on in the eighth, and Sam Jones who finished the ninth. Things didn't get any better for the favorites in Game 3 as once again, a Cardinal pitcher (Jesse Haines) lasted all nine against three of New York's finest (Dutch Ruether, Bob Shawkey and Myles Thomas). Haines also contributed the only home run in the 4-0 shutout. The underdog Cards' were now on top two games to one.

Down, but not out, "Murderer's Row" came back in Game 4 with a new resolve. This time it was St. Louis exhausting their bullpen as Yankee vet Waite Hoyt stood tall against five Cardinal pitchers including Flint Rhem, Art Reinhart, Hi Bell, Bill Hallahan and finally Vic Keen. The Bambino was back to his old self too, knocking out three homers to the Cardinals none. Serious damage had been done in the 10-5 debacle and New York was clearly not giving up without a fight. Both teams dug in as Game 5 resulted in a ten inning pitcher's duel between the Yank's Herb Pennock and Card's Bill Sherdel. The Yankees managed to win it 3-2 and led the Series by one game with two to go. Game 6 offered a replay of Game 2 as Grover Alexander once again, went the distance in a crucial 10-2 triumph that left Bob Shawkey a loser and Urban Shocker and Myles Thomas unavailable for the final showdown.

Game 7 was a real nail-biter as Jesse Haines and Grover Alexander went head-to-head with Waite Hoyt and Herb Pennock. Both teams managed eight hits apiece and Babe Ruth contributed the only homer in the contest. Down 3-2 in the ninth, the Yankees were still in good shape as baseball's greatest slugger stepped up to the plate. The Babe worked the count to three and two, then drew his eleventh walk of the Series. Clean-up man Bob Meusel prepared to put the winning run on base, but was denied when the anxious Bambino attempted to steal second. Although he had successfully stolen against the Cardinals in Game 6, he was slow off the start and catcher Bob O'Farrell's throw to Rogers Hornsby nailed the Yankees' slugger ending the Fall Classic. Many fans were furious with Ruth and believed that his mistake had clearly cost the Series.

St. Louis had managed to beat the mighty Babe Ruth and his defending world champion Yankees despite mediocre performances from their standout players. Hornsby hit a meager .250 against New York and both Rhem and Sherdel had failed to win a game.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"I've cheated, or someone on my team has cheated, in almost every game I've been in." - Rogers Hornsby in The Gigantic Book of Baseball Quotations (Wayne Stewart & Roger Kahn, Skyhorse Publishing, 10/2007, Page 351)

1926 World Series

1926 World Series Score Card

1926 World Series Official Program
St. Louis Cardinals Version

1926 World Series Score Card

1926 World Series Official Program
New York Yankees Version

St. Louis Cardinals (4) vs New York Yankees (3)

Game 1
Date / Box Score
Location
1 st Pitch
Robert F. Wagner (U.S. Senator from New York, 1927-49)
Attendance
61,658
Game 2
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
63,600
Game 3
Date / Box Score
Location
Sportsman's Park
Attendance
37,708
Game 4
Date / Box Score
Location
Sportsman's Park
Attendance
38,825
Game 5
Date / Box Score
Location
Sportsman's Park
Attendance
39,552
Game 6
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
48,615
Game 7
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
38,093
1926 World Series Fast Facts

1926 World Series
Game 1

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 1
New York 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 x 2 6 0
Bill Sherdel (L)
Jesse Haines (8 th )
Herb Pennock (W)
-
None None

1926 World Series
Game 2

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 1 6 12 1
New York 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 0
Grover Alexander (W)
-
-
Urban Shocker (L)
Bob Shawkey (8 th )
Sam Jones (9 th )
Billy Southworth (7 th )
Tommy Thevenow (9 th )
None
-

1926 World Series
Game 3

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
St. Louis 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 x 4 8 0
Dutch Ruether (L)
Bob Shawkey (5 th )
Myles Thomas (8 th )
Jesse Haines (W)
-
-
None Jesse Haines (4 th )

1926 World Series
Game 4

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 1 0 1 1 4 2 1 0 0 10 14 1
St. Louis 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 5 14 0
Waite Hoyt (W)
-
-
-
-
Flint Rhem
Art Reinhart (L, 5 th )
Hi Bell (5 th )
Bill Hallahan (7 th )
Vic Keen (9 th )
Babe Ruth (1 st )
Babe Ruth (3 rd )
Babe Ruth (6 th )
None
-
-

1926 World Series
Game 5

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 3 9 1
St. Louis 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 7 1
Herb Pennock (W) Bill Sherdel (L)
None None

1926 World Series
Game 6

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 3 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 1 10 13 2
New York 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 8 1
Grover Alexander (W)
-
-
Bob Shawkey (L)
Urban Shocker (7 th )
Myles Thomas (8 th )
Les Bell (7 th ) None

1926 World Series
Game 7

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 0
New York 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 8 3
Jesse Haines (W)
Grover Alexander (7 th )
Waite Hoyt (L)
Herb Pennock (7 th )
None Babe Ruth (3 rd )

1926 World Series

St. Louis Cardinals

Composite Hitting Statistics

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p
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2b
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3
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7
7
4
3
7
3
1
5
7
1
7
1
1
2
7
7
1
7
0
27
29
15
3
27
5
0
16
28
0
23
0
1
5
29
24
0
0
0
7
10
4
0
5
3
0
2
7
0
7
0
0
0
10
10
0
0
0
1
3
2
0
2
0
0
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1
0
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0
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0
0
0
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0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
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1
0
0
0
0
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0
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0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
1
0
4
4
3
0
2
1
0
1
2
0
2
0
0
0
6
5
0
0
0
6
5
1
0
0
2
0
1
4
0
2
0
0
0
4
4
1
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.000
.259
.345
.267
.000
.185
.600
.000
.125
.250
.000
.304
.000
.000
.000
.345
.417
.000
0
0
2
1
3
0
0
0
0
1
2
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
5
2
2
1
7
1
0
2
2
0
2
0
1
2
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
Totals
239
65
12
1
4
31
30
.272
11
30
2

1926 World Series

New York Yankees

Composite Hitting Statistics

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c
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3b
3b
1b
p
p
ss
2b
of
ph
p
p-1
of
c
p
p
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2
3
7
7
1
7
2
1
7
7
7
5
3
3
7
7
3
2
2
0
2
28
24
0
23
6
0
32
26
21
4
7
4
20
22
2
2
0
0
0
10
8
0
8
0
0
4
5
5
1
1
0
6
6
0
0
0
0
0
2
1
0
2
0
0
1
1
1
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
2
0
1
0
0
2
2
3
0
1
0
6
1
0
0
0
0
0
2
2
0
4
0
0
2
3
0
1
0
0
5
1
0
0
0
.000
.000
.357
.333
.000
.348
.000
.000
.125
.192
.238
.250
.143
.000
.300
.273
.000
.000
.000
0
0
5
1
0
5
0
0
0
1
6
1
0
0
11
1
0
0
0
0
1
2
1
0
4
1
0
6
6
1
2
0
0
2
2
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
Totals
223
54
10
1
4
21
20
.242
31
31
1

1926 World Series

St. Louis Cardinals

Composite Pitching Statistics

2
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
2
3
1
3
1
1
1
1
2
2
0
2
0
0
0
1
2
2
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
20.1
2.0
16.2
2.0
1.0
0.0
4.0
17.0
1.33
9.00
1.08
4.50
0.00
Infinite Earned Run Average
6.75
2.12
12
4
13
2
0
1
7
15
17
1
5
1
0
0
4
3
3
2
2
1
0
4
3
4
4
1
9
3
0
4
2
8
Totals
4
3
13
7
4
1
1
63.0
2.71
54
31
19
31

1926 World Series

New York Yankees

Composite Pitching Statistics

1
0
2
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
1
1
0
2
1
3
1
3
2
2
2
0
2
1
1
1
0
1
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
15.0
1.0
22.0
4.1
10.0
7.2
3.0
1.20
9.00
1.23
8.31
5.40
5.87
3.00
19
2
13
7
8
13
3
10
1
8
1
7
3
0
2
1
3
4
6
5
1
1
2
4
2
2
0
0
Totals
3
4
14
5
3
0
0
63.0
3.14
65
30
22
11
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Game 1 featured Herb Pennock tossing a three hit complete game win. Not to be outdone, Grover Alexander entered Game 2 and struck out ten to even-up the 1926 World Series 1-1.

Game 4 can be best described in two BIG words: Babe Ruth , who would become the first player to ever hit three home runs in a single Series game. Two short years later he would tie his own record and it would take nearly fifty (50 years before another player would duplicate this feat.

How did St. Louis (or at least what contributed greatly) win Game 7 and clinch the title? By walking Babe Ruth a World Series record four times in that game.

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