Three of the most memorable World Series in St. Louis Cardinals' history have come against the Boston Red Sox, including triumphs in 1946 and 1967 and a loss in 2004.
Those Fall Classics have turned on the exploits of Enos Slaughter, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Curt Schilling and Pedro Martinez.
1946: Cardinals 4, Red Sox 3
Cardinals right-hander Harry "The Cat" Brecheen won three games in the World Series, which marked the last time Stan Musial would appear in postseason play for the Redbirds.
The Man hit just .222 (6-for-27), but another eventual Cardinal Hall of Famer -- Slaughter -- provided the exclamation point in the series. He scored the winning run in the eighth inning of Game 7, racing home from first base on Harry Walker's double to left as Boston shortstop Johnny Pesky hesitated on his relay throw to the plate.
1967: Cardinals 4, Red Sox 3
Cardinals leadoff hitter Lou Brock hit .414 and stole seven bases for the Cardinals, who won on Bob Gibson's third complete-game victory of the series in Game 7.
Gibson gave up only 14 hits in the three games, while right fielder Roger Maris hit .385 and drove in seven runs in his first year with the Cardinals.
St. Louis trailed the series three games to two before it returned to Busch Stadium for Games 6 and 7; the Redbirds won 4-1 and 4-3 to give St. Louis its third title in five seasons.
2004: Red Sox 4, Cardinals 0
The Red Sox sweep, only the second in 18 World Series played by the Cardinals, erased memories of the Redbirds' 105-win regular season.
The Red Sox won 11-9 in Game 1 and 6-2 in Game 2, both at Fenway Park, before the Cardinals' offense disappeared in Games 3 and 4.
The vaunted Cardinal lineup -- with Albert Pujols, Jim Edmonds, and Scott Rolen -- scored just one run in 18 innings at Busch Stadium, letting the Red Sox dance outside the visitors dugout as they celebrated the franchise's first World Series triumph since 1918.