On this day 82 years ago future Hall of Famer Grover Cleveland Alexander pitched the Cardinals to an 8-1 victory over Philadelphia to put his 373rd win in the record books.
It would be his last.
Ol' Pete, as Alexander was known, went 9-8 with a 3.89 ERA for the 1929 Cardinals. He was 55-34 with a 3.04 ERA for the Birds from 1926 when the Cubs let him go because he was supposedly washed up until the end of the 1929 season.
Alexander's win total is the third-highest in major league history. He pitched for the Athletics in his prime, winning 190 games with a 2.08 ERA from 1911-17. He was 128-83 with a 2.84 ERA for the Cubs for the next nine seasons before landing in St. Louis.
While his time in St. Louis might have been short, Alexander had his greatest moment here during the 1926 World Series.
Alexander pitched the Cardinals to two complete game victories before being asked in game seven to complete a 2 1/3-inning save. He came into the deciding game of the Fall Classic with the bases loaded and two out with Tony Lazzeri at the plate. He struck out the Yankee slugger to end the threat and bring St. Louis its first World Series title.