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Historic Cardinals World Series performances

Some are calling Albert Pujols' monster night against the Texas Rangers in the 2011 World Series the greatest individual game in the history of the Fall Classic.

Here's a peek at some of the other great individual World Series games in the history of the St. Louis Cardinals:

1968 World Series, game one: Bob Gibson not only held the powerful Detroit Tigers offense scoreless on five hits scattered over nine innings, he struck out 17 batters in the process. If Gibson wasn't terrifying enough on the mound, it must have been terribly intimidating to hitters who batters who knew they odds were stacked against them nearly 2-1 that they were going to strike out.

1946 World Series, game four: Enos Slaughter is best known for his "mad dash" to score the winning run in the series' seventh game. But he matched the record for the number of runs scored in a Fall Classic game with four in the first game of the Fall Classic. Slaughter homered and doubled in a 4-for-6 day at the plate.

1982 World Series, game three: Willie McGee stole the show in the first game of the World Series in Milwaukee. He hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning to break a scoreless tie and then added a two-run shot in the seventh to drive in five of the Redbirds' six runs on the day. Willie also helped keep the Brewers off the scoreboard with a spectacular catch high over the wall in centerfield to take a potential two-run homer away from Gorman Thomas.

1926 World Series, game seven: Grover Cleveland Alexander was an over the hill alcoholic when the Cubs cut him loose mid-season in 1926 and the Cardinals snapped him up. Alexander bolstered the starting rotation down the stretch. But his biggest moment of glory came in the deciding game of the World Series when he was summoned to hold a one-run lead. In the ninth inning -- against the top of the order for the Yankee's famed "Murderer's Row" lineup he induced Earle Combs and Mark Koenig to ground out to third base. Babe Ruth walked but was caught stealing to end the game and give the Cardinals their first World Series championship.

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