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All-St. Louis World Series Brought
Out the Best in Cardinals, Browns

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Posted By: StormCnter, 3/28/2020 8:36:44 AM

With a war raging overseas and uncertainty overwhelming the nation, a unique World Series was taking place pitting two teams who shared the same home ballpark. The 1944 World Series, considered a David versus Goliath matchup at the time, was an all-St. Louis affair featuring the prodigious Cardinals, a franchise having just won its third consecutive National League pennant, and the plucky Browns, the winners of its first American League pennant in its 43rd year of existence. The Cinderella story Browns, who had only one winning campaign in the previous 14 seasons, finishing with an 82-69 record in 1942. In the end, Goliath won the ’44 World Series in six games.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 3/28/2020 11:10:29 AM (No. 360820)
StormCnter, thanks. History like this is so uplifting. In those days, guys played the game because they loved the game. There was nothing in it for them financially. The just wanted to play ball. And they were good. Real good. Baseball was the national pastime. For me, a Chicago Cubs championship in 2016 made things all good in the world after a long 108-year championship drought. And the curse of the billy goat is gone. In the youth leagues in northern Illinois when I was a kid, the seasons would start in late March and we would have practices in any weather. Nothing like hitting a fastball off the end of the bat in 35-degree weather. Boy, did that hurt.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: TheRevJMP 3/28/2020 12:24:02 PM (No. 360892)
Awesome story. Thanks, OP, for posting. All too few baseball fans are aware of this remarkable World Series, a one-of-a-kind event in St. Louis history, and very likely made possible for the Browns only by the fact that many baseball stars on other teams were away fighting the war. OP, are you from the Gateway to the West?
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