On this date in 1946, Cardinals outfielder Enos Slaugher made his mad dash to score from first base on a hit-and-run single to score the deciding run in the seventh game of the World Series against the Red Sox.
In 1964, Bob Gibson was staked to a six-run lead in game seven of the World Series at Sportsmans Park, which was by then known as Busch Stadium. He gave up three Yankees homers including a three-run shot off the bat of Mickey Mantle in the sixth inning and a pair of solo shots from Clete Boyer and Phil Linz in the ninth to hold on for a 7-5 win.
The Cardinals runs came in a little bit more unusual fashion. In the fourth inning, Ken Boyer singled and Dick Groat walked. Tim McCarver hit a double play ball to shortstop but the relay throw was wild to allow one run to score on a fielder's choice. Mike Shannon singled to drive McCarver to third. McCarver then stole home as part of a double steal. Dal Maxvill then singled home another run to make the score 3-0. Lou Brock hit a monster home run to left center to make it 4-0. Bill White singled and Ken Boyer doubled and they were driven home on a ground ball to second and a sacrifice fly to right.
Willie McGee had a great day on Oct. 15, 1982. Joaquin Andujar, not so much. In game three of the World Series against Milwaukee, McGee hit a pair of homers and made a spectacular catch to steal a home run from the Brewers and lead the Cardinals to a 6-2 victory. Andujar pitched 6 1/3 innings of three-hit, shutout baseball before former St. Louis catcher Ted Simmons hit a one-hop line drive off of Andujar's shin, forcing him to leave the game. Andujar liked to call himself "one tough Dominican." But he writhed around on the ground after being struck by the wall in such apparent agony that it appeared as if the injury might be fatal. Amazingly, he recovered quick enough to take his next turn. He was the winning pitcher in the deciding game seven in St. Louis on Oct. 20.
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