On Sept. 16 1930, as the Cardinals are trying to clinch the National League pennant, pitcher Flint Rhem shows up two days after he mysteriously went missing on the day he was supposed to start.
Upon his return, the 29-year-old pitcher who was 12-8 with a 4.45 ERA during the 1930 campaign, claims that he was kidnapped by Dodgers fans who forced him to drink a whole bunch of bootleg whiskey in a hotel room so he wouldn't be able to provide his services to St. Louis.
The Redbirds, who were in fourth place on Aug. 31, rallied to win the National League crown by lost the World Series to Philadelphia.
On Sept. 16 1931, the Cardinals clinched the National League pennant with a win over the Phillies by Wild Bill Hallahan. In a World Series rematch, this time the Cardinals defeat the Athletics for their second world Championship. The first came in 1926 over Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and the rest of the Yankees.
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