In 1967, Boston’s Impossible Dream comes to an end when Cardinals’ ace Bob Gibson throws a three-hitter, his third complete game in the Fall Classic, beating the Red Sox, 7-2. The team’s slogan for the season, based on the hit song from the musical “Man of La Mancha,” became popular as the ninth-place team from last year won the AL flag on the last day of the campaign in a pennant race involving four teams and came up one game short from being the World Champions.
Lou Brock, in 1967, becomes the third player in major league history to accomplish a trio of thefts in a World Series contest. The three stolen bases during the Cardinals’ 7-2 victory over Boston in Game 7 gives the speedy St. Louis left fielder a total of seven for the series, establishing a new Fall Classic mark.
In Game 1 of the 1982 World Series, Brewers’ leadoff batter Paul Molitor becomes the first player to collect five hits in a World Series game. The third baseman’s 5-for-6 Fall Classic performance helps Milwaukee rout the Cardinals, 10-0 (ugh, I was was there), the biggest shutout margin since the Yankees blanked the Bucs 12-0.
The Nationals, twice within a strike of reaching the NLCS in 2012, suffer the worst collapse ever in a winner-take-all baseball postseason game when they are stunned by the visiting Cardinals. After his team takes a 6-0 advantage in the third inning and clings to a two-run lead with two outs in the ninth, Washington’s closer Drew Storen gives up four runs in the final frame, resulting in the eventual devastating 9-5 loss at Nationals Park.
Trades and Transactions
1956- The Cardinals traded Dick Rand and cash to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Toby Atwell.
- Jimmy Burke 1877
- Francisco Pena 1989
- Bert Myers 1915
- Harry Glenn 1918
- Rube Geyer 1962
- Curt Davis 1965