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World Series Timeline (1926-50)

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1926
St. Louis (NL) 4, New York (AL) 3

Why the Cardinals won: Veteran hurler Pete Alexander won two games and saved Game 7.

Why the Yankees lost: Babe Ruth was caught stealing second base for the final out of Game 7 with slugger Bob Meusel at the plate.

Memorable moment: Alexander entered in the seventh inning of Game 7 with the bases loaded and struck out Tony Lazzeri -- after a long fly that drifted foul.

Key stat: 11. The combined number of runs scored by the Yankees in every game but Game 4, in which they scored 10 behind Ruth's three home runs.


1927
New York (AL) 4, Pittsburgh (NL) 0

Why the Yankees won: The team many consider the greatest of all time actually won with its pitching as it hit just two home runs (both by Babe Ruth, who hit .400 and drove in seven runs).

Why the Pirates lost: Myth has it that the Series was over when the Pirates saw the Yankees take batting practice before the opener, launching ball after ball over the fence.

Memorable moment: Yankees pitcher Herb Pennock retired the first 22 batters in Game 3.

Key stat: 4. The number of walks allowed by the Yankees' staff, which wasn't overpowering, striking out just seven hitters.


1928
New York (AL) 4, St. Louis (NL) 0

Why the Yankees won: They swept their second straight World Series as they outhomered St. Louis nine to one.

Why the Cardinals lost: After hitting .281 as a team, they batted .206 and scored just 10 runs.

Memorable moment: Babe Ruth, playing on a bad ankle, hit three home runs in a World Series game for the second time, homering in the fourth, seventh and eighth innings of Game 4.

Key stat: 7. The combined number of home runs for Lou Gehrig (four, .545) and Ruth (three, .625), who were a two-man wrecking crew.


1929
Philadelphia (AL) 4, Chicago (NL) 1

Why the Athletics won: Trailing Game 4 8-0 in the seventh, they scored 10 runs.Trailing Game 5 2-0 in the ninth, Mule Haas hit a two-run homer and Bing Miller doubled home the winning run.

Why the Cubs lost: Rogers Hornsby and Hack Wilson combined for 78 home runs and 308 RBIs that season, but had just one RBI in the Series.

Memorable moment: Surprise Game 1 starter Howard Ehmke fanned 13 for the A's.(He'd start just twice more in his career.)

Key stat: 10.The number of hits the A's had during their 10-run inning in Game 4, including Haas' three-run inside-the-park home run.


1930
Philadelphia (AL) 4, St. Louis (NL) 2

Why the Athletics won: They hit only .197, but the 1-2 combo of George Earnshaw and Lefty Grove was dominant.

Why the Cardinals lost: They hit .314 and scored more than 1,000 runs in the regular season, but hit just .200 and averaged two runs per game.

Memorable moment: Jimmie Foxx broke a 0-0 tie in the ninth inning of Game 5 with a two-run homer off Burleigh Grimes.

Key stat: 1. The amount of rest (one day) for Earnshaw, who pitched seven innings in Game 5 and returned to the mound two days later to throw a five-hit complete game in the finale.


1931
St. Louis (NL) 4, Philadelphia (AL) 3

Why the Cardinals won: Pepper Martin, a 27-year-old rookie, wreaked havoc on the A's, going 12-for-24 (.500) with five runs, five extra-base hits, five RBIs and five steals.

Why the A's lost: Hall of Fame catcher Mickey Cochrane had a poor series (4-for-25).In Game 7, the A's allowed two first-inning runs on a wild pitch and an error and lost 4-2.

Memorable moment: Martin made a spectacular running catch on Max Bishop's two-on, two-out line drive in the bottom of the ninth to end the Series.

Key stat: 8. It was the eighth and final World Series for venerable A's manager Connie Mack.


1932
New York (AL) 4, Chicago (NL) 0

Why the Yankees won: Led by Lou Gehrig (.529, three HRs, 1.718 OPS), the Yankees scored 37 runs in four games.

Why the Cubs lost: The Cubs' starting pitchers combined to post a 9.15 ERA with 14 walks in 20 2/3 innings.

Memorable moment: Babe Ruth's legendary "Called Shot" HR in the fifth inning of Game 3 at Wrigley Field remains a moment cloaked in mystique.

Key stat: 13. The number of future Hall of Famers who played in the Series.


1933
New York (NL) 4, Washington (AL) 1

Why the Giants won: Carl Hubbell dominated the Senators, allowing no earned runs in 20 innings, including an 11-inning complete-game victory in Game 3.

Why the Senators lost: The Senators lost the final two games by one run in extra innings despite having the winning run on base both times when the games ended.

Memorable moment: Mel Ott's solo home run in the 10th inning off the glove of center fielder Fred Schulte, who tumbled into the crowd, was the difference in the decisive Game 5.

Key stat: .115. The Senators' batting average (3-for-26) with runners in scoring position.


1934
St. Louis (NL) 4, Detroit (AL) 3

Why the Cardinals won: The Dean brothers, Dizzy and Paul, accounted for all four wins and had a combined ERA of 1.43 in 44 innings.

Why the Tigers lost: Leading 3-2, the Tigers couldn't close the series at home and wasted a key chance in Game 6, with runners on second and third and one out in the eighth.

Memorable moment: In Game 7, the Detroit fans pelted the Cardinals' Joe Medwick with garbage when he took his position in left field after a hard slide into Tigers third baseman Marv Owen the previous inning.Commissioner Judge Landis had Medwick removed from the game.

Key stat: 6.The number of doubles hit by the Tigers' Pete Fox.It remains a Series record.


1935
Detroit (AL) 4, Chicago (NL) 2

Why the Tigers won: After dropping Game 1, the Tigers won four of the next five games, three by one run, getting two strong starts from Tommy Bridges.

Why the Cubs lost: They couldn't win without Lon Warneke on the mound.Warneke was brilliant, 2-0 with an 0.54 ERA.The other six pitchers? 0-4, 4.26 ERA.

Memorable moment: In Game 6, Goose Goslin's single in the bottom of the ninth scored Mickey Cochrane to clinch the Tigers' first-ever World Series title.

Key stat: .050. The batting average (1-for-20) of Marv Owen, who replaced the Tigers' Hall of Fame first baseman Hank Greenberg (broken wrist) in Game 2.


1936
New York (AL) 4, New York (NL) 2

Why the Yankees won: Led by Jake Powell (.455, 1.175 OPS), the Yankees battered the Giants, outscoring them 43-23 and hitting .302 as a team.

Why the Giants lost: Other than Carl Hubbell (1-1, 2.25 ERA), no other Giants pitcher could slow down the Yankees' attack.Their staff ERA was 6.79.

Memorable moment: Prized rookie Joe DiMaggio made a running catch in center field to end Game 2 ...and he kept on running up the clubhouse steps at the Polo Grounds.

Key stat: 17. The number of consecutive decisions won by Hubbell before the Yankees beat him in Game 3.


1937
New York (AL) 4, New York (NL) 1

Why the Yankees won: The Bombers' offense outscored the Giants 16-2 in the first two games, but the real star was pitcher Lefty Gomez (2-0, 1.50 ERA, 2 CGs).

Why the Giants lost: Aside from their Game 4 victory, they managed only five runs and hit only .209 in the other four games combined.

Memorable moment: In the ninth inning of Game 4, his last in the Fall Classic, Carl Hubbell surrendered Lou Gehrig's final World Series HR.

Key stat: 0. The number of errors committed by the Yankees, making them the Series' first-ever errorless team.


1938
New York (AL) 4, Chicago (NL) 0

Why the Yankees won: Red Ruffing (2-0, 1.50 ERA) led a Yankees staff that gave up plenty of hits (33) but still managed a 1.75 ERA.

Why the Cubs lost: While Stan Hack, Phil Cavarretta and Joe Marty combined to go 20-for-42 (.476), the Cubs mustered only nine runs in four games.

Memorable moment: Down 3-2 with two outs in the eighth in Game 2, Frankie Crosetti hit a stunning two-run homer off Dizzy Dean to put the Yankees ahead to stay.

Key stat: 3. The number of consecutive World Series titles won by the Yankees, who became the first team to record a three-peat.


1939
New York (AL) 4, Cincinnati (NL) 0

Why the Yankees won: Rookie Charlie "King Kong" Keller blasted the Reds, hitting .438 with a 1.188 slugging percentage, three homers, six RBIs and eight runs scored.

Why the Reds lost: There were several black holes in the Reds' lineup, including Wally Berger (0-for-15), Lonny Frey (0-for-17) and Harry Craft (1-for-11).

Memorable moment: In the ninth inning of Game 4, in a play known as "Lombardi's Snooze," Keller collided with Reds catcher Ernie Lombardi, who was left rolling on the ground as another run scored.

Key stat: 4. The number of home runs allowed by Reds pitcher Junior Thompson in Game 3, tying a single-game Series record.


1940
Cincinnati (NL) 4, Detroit (AL) 3

Why the Reds won: Bucky Walters and Paul Derringer were tough on the Tigers; the two Reds starters went 4-1 with a 2.17 ERA.

Why the Tigers lost: Up 3-2 in the series, they scored one run over the final two games, getting 12 hits and only two for extra bases.

Memorable moment: Tigers starter Bobo Newsom, whose father died in his hotel room after watching his son win Game 1, threw a shutout "for Dad" in Game 5.

Key stat: .353. The series batting average of 40-year-old Jimmie Wilson, a Reds coach who became the backup catcher after former backup Willard Hershberger committed suicide in August.


1941
New York (AL) 4, Brooklyn (AL) 1

Why the Yankees won: Joe Gordon (.500 BA, 1.595 OPS) and Charlie Keller (.389, .976) combined to drive in 10 of the Yankees' 17 runs.

Why the Dodgers lost: They had no offense, scoring 11 runs and hitting .182 with one home run in five games.No regular hit higher than .235.

Memorable moment: One out away from a one-run Game 4 win, Dodgers catcher Mickey Owens' passed ball on a third strike allowed Tommy Henrich to reach base.The Yankees then scored four runs and won the game.

Key stat: 7. The number of times Gordon walked, tying a five-game Series record.


1942
St. Louis (NL) 4, New York (AL) 1

Why the Cardinals won: They received clutch pitching from undaunted rookie Johnny Beazley, a 21-game winner who beat the Yankees twice -- in Games 2 and 5.

Why the Yankees lost: In Game 1, their only victory, they scored the first seven runs of the Series, but then got outscored 23-11 the rest of the way.

Memorable moment: Whitey Kurowski, who'd gone 3-for-14 in the Series, hit a tie-breaking, two-run homer in the top of the ninth in Game 5 to win the title for St. Louis.

Key stat: 8.The number of consecutive World Series appearances won by the Yankees until the Cardinals finally beat them.


1943
New York (AL) 4, St. Louis (NL) 1

Why the Yankees won: AL MVP Spud Chandler pitched like an ace with a pair of complete-game victories, a seven-hitter in Game 1 and a 10-hit shutout to clinch the Series in Game 5.

Why the Cardinals lost: Other than their Game 2 victory, the Cardinals never scored more than two runs in a game.They went scoreless in 22 of the final 23 innings.

Memorable moment: With the Yankees down 2-1 in Game 3, Billy Johnson's bases-loaded triple capped a five-run eighth inning as the Yankees took control of the Series.

Key stat: 3-4. The scheduled Series format (three games in New York, four in St. Louis) due to wartime travel restrictions.


1944
St. Louis (NL) 4, St. Louis (AL) 2

Why the Cardinals won: Pitchers Harry Brecheen, Mort Cooper, Max Lanier and Ted Wilks held the Browns to two runs total in winning the final three games.

Why the Browns lost: Other than George McQuinn, who hit .438 (7-for-16) and had five RBIs, the rest of the Browns batted only .160 and drove in four runs.

Memorable moment: Ken O'Dea's walk-off pinch-hit single in the 11th inning, his only hit of the series, won Game 2 for the Cardinals.

Key stat: 1. The number of home runs the Browns hit the entire series (McQuinn in Game 1).


1945
Detroit (AL) 4, Chicago (NL) 3

Why the Tigers won: The Tigers got the great series they needed from Hank Greenberg, who had an 1.162 OPS and drove in seven runs with five extra-base hits.

Why the Cubs lost: Despite a 49-26 home record, the Cubs lost three of four at Wrigley Field.Their only win, Game 6 in 12 innings, was called "the worst game of baseball ever played in this country."

Memorable moment: In Game 7, Cubs manager Charley Grimm started Hank Borowy on only one day of rest.Borowy gave up three straight hits before being replaced, and the Tigers scored five runs in the first and won easily.

Key stat: 26. The record number of players the Tigers used in the series, since tied by the '46 Red Sox and '97 Marlins.


1946
St. Louis (NL) 4, Boston (AL) 3

Why the Cardinals won: They rode the masterful pitching of Harry Brecheen, who had two complete-game victories (Games 2 and 6), won Game 7 in relief and allowed one earned run in 20 innings.

Why the Red Sox lost: Over the final two games, Boston's inability to hit with runners in scoring position (1-for-13) was its undoing.In Game 7, the Red Sox put two runners on with no outs in the ninth and didn't score.

Memorable moment: Known as the "Mad Dash," Enos Slaughter scored from first base on Harry Walker's double to break a 3-3 eighth-inning tie in Game 7.

Key stat: .200. Ted Williams' batting average in the only World Series appearance of his career.


1947
New York (AL) 4, Brooklyn (NL) 3

Why the Yankees won: Although Johnny Lindell (9-for-18, 1.403 OPS) led the offense, Joe Page's clutch relief effort in Game 7 (five scoreless innings) was the difference.

Why the Dodgers lost: The Dodgers' starting pitching was a glaring weakness; no starter pitched beyond the fifth inning, and the rotation had a collective ERA of 9.64.

Memorable moment: In Game 4, Bill Bevens was one out from a no-hitter when Cookie Lavagetto lined a two-run double to right field to beat the Yankees.

Key stat: 6. The appearances by the Dodgers' Hugh Casey, who won twice, had one save and an 0.87 ERA.


1948
Cleveland (AL) 4, Boston (NL) 2

Why the Indians won: While Bob Feller struggled, the other three starters, Bob Lemon, Gene Bearden and Steve Gromek, picked up the slack, accounting for all four wins with a combined 1.00 ERA.

Why the Braves lost: Beating Feller twice, the first time on Johnny Sain's brilliant Game 1 shutout, went for naught, as the Braves dropped four of the final five games, scoring only five runs in the four losses.

Memorable moment: In Game 1, Feller had pinch-runner Phil Masi picked off at second base; Masi was called safe.Tommy Holmes then singled home Masi for the only run.

Key stat: 86,288. The Game 5 attendance at Cleveland Stadium, the most ever for a World Series game.


1949
New York (AL) 4, Brooklyn (NL) 1

Why the Yankees won: Third baseman Bobby Brown was the Yankees' chief bomber; he pounded the Dodgers over the final two games, going 5-for-7 with five RBIs.

Why the Dodgers lost: With the series tied, Ralph Branca's ninth-inning meltdown in Game 3 proved critical for the Dodgers, whose starters in Games 4 and 5 didn't last past the fourth inning.

Memorable moment: In Game 1, Tommy Henrich's walk-off homer beat the Dodgers' Don Newcombe and ended his scoreless duel with Allie Reynolds.

Key stat: 11. The number of strikeouts for Newcombe in Game 1, tying the single-game record for a losing pitcher.


1950
New York (AL) 4, Philadelphia (NL) 0

Why the Yankees won: Very little offensive support was needed since the rotation allowed only three earned runs over the four games.

Why the Phillies lost: Other than Granny Hamner (6-for-14), the Phillies' hitters posed no threat; Del Ennis and Willie Jones, who'd combined for 214 RBIs during the season, had zero in the series.

Memorable moment: In Game 2, Joe DiMaggio made an outstanding running catch on Del Ennis' deep fly near the 400-foot marker in right-center field at Shibe Park.

Key stat: 21. The age of Yankees lefty Whitey Ford, who made his Series debut with a winning effort in Game 4.