On This Date in Cardinals History: Nov. 6, 1945

Posted by Scott Wuerz on November 6, 2012 

On this date 67 years ago Cardinals manager Billy Southworth left the club to become the skipper of the Boston Braves.

Under new ownership, the Braves were spending a lot of money to try to improve their club and, after leading the Redbirds to three consecutive pennants and a pair of World Series wins from 1942-44, Southworth was the hottest manager in the National League. So Boston's backers lured Billy the Kid away from a Cardinals team packed with stars including Stan Musial, Enos Slaughter and Marty Marion to be the new manager in Beantown.

Boston was 67-85 in 1945 and finished fifth in the Senior Circuit standings. In 1946 the Braves improved to 81-72. But they only made it up to fourth in the standings while the Cardinals won the National League pennant under new skipper Eddie Dyer -- and then went on to beat the other Boston club, the Red Sox, in the World Series.


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