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On This Date in Cardinals History: Oct. 15, 1946

On this date 66 years ago one of the most famous plays in St. Louis sports history led the Cardinals to a World Series championship over the Red Sox.

The Cardinals led Boston 3-1 at the start of the eighth inning when the Red Sox plated a pair of runs to tie the game.

In the bottom of the eighth, right fielder Enos Slaughter led off with a single to centerfield but was stranded on first base when Whitey Kurowski tried to bunt but popped out and then Del Rice flied out to left. Harry Walker lined a ball to centerfield and Slaughter, who got a running start with two out, made a "Mad Dash" and scored all the way from first.

The play was controversial at the time because recently departed Boston infielder Johnny Pesky received the throw from the outfield and paused for a moment, apparently in shock that Slaughter was trying to score all the way from first, making it too late to get the ball home for a play.

The Red Sox got their first two runners on base in the top of the ninth. But St. Louis hurler Harry Brecheen was able to get out of the jam with the lead intact and the Cardinals defeated Boston four games to three to win their third World Series championship since 1942 and sixth overall.

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