Alexander Throws 90th Career Shutout
Grover Cleveland Alexander pitches his 90th and final shutout of his career (BOXSCORE) in a 9-0 7-hitter which is a National League record.
Clinch Second NL title
The Cardinals cruised through the season and clinched their second NL title on September 29 and set an attendance record of 761,574. At the completion of the season, Jim Bottomley becomes NL MVP.
Yankees Too Much for Cardinals
Now they go on to face Murderer’s Row (New York Yankees). In the World Series, they are swept as Babe Ruth homers three times in the final game to secure a 7-3 victory. The Cardinals replace manager McKechnie with Billy Southworth.
Here are the starters by position
Catcher Jimmie Wilson (120) 1B Jim Bottomley (148) 2B Frankie Frisch (139) SS Rabbit Maranville (112) 3B Wattie Holm (83) LF Chick Hafey (117) CF Taylor Douthit (154) RF George Harper
SP Grover Cleveland Alexander, Jesse Haines, Clarence Mitchell, Flint Rhem
Closer Bill Sherdel
Two additional notes:
Alexander made $17,500 salary
George Harper hit three home runs in one game on Sept. 20 (first in Cardinals history) BOXSCORE
Harper was off to a slow start in 1928, hitting .228 in 57 at-bats, when McGraw traded him to the Cardinals for catcher Bob O’Farrell. The trade opened a spot in the Giants outfield for 19-year-old Mel Ott. The Cardinals were elated to get Harper, who hit .305 for them with 17 home runs in 272 at-bats. He went 6-for-8 with two home runs in consecutive games against the Cubs in July, and he clubbed a pinch-hit walk-off home run to beat 25-game-winner Burleigh Grimes and the Pirates in September. Against the Giants, Harper batted .388 with six home runs.
The first-place Cardinals held a two-game lead over the Giants when the teams met on September 20, 1928. In the first game of a doubleheader, Harper blasted three home runs with his persimmon bat and drove in five runs in an 8-5 Cardinal victory. He hit the first two homers off 25-game-winner Larry Benton, and victimized reliever Jack Scott for the third. Harper was the first player in Cardinal history to hit three home runs in one game. He considered this game to be the greatest thrill of his baseball career.
All games for 1928