The 10th day of the 10th month may be the busiest day of the post season in Cardinals history:
1926: In probably the most legendary moment in early World Series history, tied at three games apiece with the Yankees and clinging to 3-2 lead with the bases loaded and two-out in the seventh inning, hungover future Hall of Famer Grover Cleveland Alexander came was called from the bullpen. Alexander struck out New York third baseman Tony Lazzeri, who drove in 114 runs during the regular season.
The Cardinals went on to win their first World Series title when Babe Ruth got on base representing the tying run in the ninth but was thrown out trying to steal second. Ruth was successful only 11 of 20 times when trying to steal during the regular season. It was the first -- and still the only -- time a World Series ended on an attempted stolen base.
Five years later on October 10, 1931, the Redbirds avenged their 1930 series loss to the Athletics with a 4-2 win over Philadelphia despite collecting only five hits in game six. St. Louis scored two runs in the first inning and two more in the third then made it stand up for their second world Championship. Both Philadelphia runs came in the ninth inning. But Wild Bill Hallahan came in to get the save and Burleigh Grimes notched the victory for St. Louis.
The Birds scored their first run in the first on a wild pitch and the second on a strikeout during which the catcher dropped the ball then made a bad throw to first base. George Watkins homered to drive in Andy High in the third. Watkins, playing right field, had only 13 homers in 541 plate appearances during the regular season.
In 1964 the Cardinals won the World Series. But it would have to wait a couple more days. Game three was played on Oct. 10 and Curt Simmons dueled future author Jim Bouton for eight innings to a 1-1 tie. Reliever Barney Schultz came into the game in the ninth and threw one pitch. Mickey Mantle deposited it over the outfield wall and St. Louis lost 2-1 in front of 67,101 fans at Yankee stadium.
The Cardinals luck was worse on October 10, 1968 when centerfielder Curt Flood, known for a his excellent defense, misjudged a fly ball in the seventh inning of game seven against the Tigers with two outs and two on base in a scoreless game. The Birds went on to lose 4-1 and it marked the first time in team history that the Redbirds had lost a series that went to a seventh game. The Cardinals at one point led the series three games to one.
In game four of the 1987 National League Championship Series Giants outfielder Jeffrey Leonard hit his fourth home run in as many games. Earlier in the series, Leonard hit a homer off of Cardinals lefty John Tudor and ran around the bases with his left arm limp at his side. Leonard, who was serenaded by cow bells throughout the series after calling St. Louis a "cow town" called the gesture "one flap down" apparently trying to indicate a bird with a broken wing.
Unfortunately for Leonard, the Cardinals pummled San Francisco 6-0 in game seven and advanced to the World Series while the Giants went home and worked on their trash talking for 1988.
Gary Gaetti hit a grand slam in game two of the 1996 NLCS to tie the series at one game each on this date that year. The Cardinals would go on to suffer their worst game seven defeat in the post season -- an probably their worst post-season defeat ever -- by losing the deciding contest 15-0. Atlanta scored six runs in the first inning and four more in the fourth to end the game before it started and blow a three games to one lead.
On October 10, 2009, the Redbirds lost 5-1 to the Dodgers to be swept in the National League Division Series.
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