Following are more major headlines from the 1926 baseball season, including the 1926 World Series celebration in St. Louis.
Heinie Manush Hits Career-High
Unable to gain a regular job in the Tigers' outfield the year before, Heinie Manush got his chance in 1926 when age and injuries reduced Ty Cobb to a part-time player and Al Wingo proved to be a flash in the pan. Manush's batting title that year (.378) was the high point in a career that was most notable for a .330 average but only a .377 on-base percentage.
Young Paul Waner Hits .336
According to the modern rule for determining batting leaders, Paul Waner and his .336 average would have seized the National League hitting crown in 1926 to become the first rookie since Pete Browning did so in 1882. Instead, he had to wait until the following year to bag his first official batting title. In 1927, Waner hit .380, the best mark of his career.
Babe Ruth Can't Save Yankees in Series
The Babe had another Ruthian year in 1926, leading the league in home runs (47), RBI (146), runs (139), walks (144), and slugging average (.737), among other categories. Ruth clubbed four homers in the seven-game Series, but it wasn't enough. The Cardinals won game seven 3-2.
Other Babe Debuts in National League
Babe Herman was so promising a rookie in 1926 that he bumped Jack Fournier, the National League's former home run leader, off the Dodgers' first-base post. As a frosh, Herman topped the Bums in hitting (158), home runs (11), and RBI (81); he also had the poorest fielding average of any National League first baseman. When he had even more trouble at the initial hassock in 1927, he was moved to the outfield, where his errors were fewer, albeit more egregious.
Cards Celebrate Victory
The 1920s were golden years for baseball, and nowhere did they glisten as brightly as in New York. By the 1926 World Series, residents of the Big Apple had become accustomed to being part of mob scenes on an almost annual basis; in contrast, fans in St. Louis were taking part in their premier victory celebration since 1888, the first ever for a National or American League team. In time, the Cardinals would celebrate nine World Championships, more than any Major League Baseball team other than the Yankees.
Tommy Thevenow Comes Alive
Tommy Thevenow hit four home runs in the minors before taking possession of the Cardinals' shortstop post in 1926. After swatting two round-trippers during the regular season and an inside-the-park four-bagger in the 1926 World Series, he played 12 more years in the majors without ever hitting another circuit-clout.
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