Below are more headlines from the 1944 baseball season, including the Cardinals winning the World Series and the death of commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis.
Marty Marion Homers in Game Two
Marty Marion, who led the Cards in hitting in the 1943 classic, nonetheless batted eighth in the order for much of the 1944 baseball season. The first eighth-place hitter to win an MVP Award, Marion collected 63 RBI while hitting .267.
Dizzy Trout Shuts 'Em Out
Irv Haag wrote that Dizzy Trout "came by his nickname naturally." In 1944, striving to overhaul the Browns, Tigers manager Steve O'Neill started Trout in 40 games and used him in relief in nine more. The hurler won 27 games that year, posting an American League-high seven shutouts. Trout and his son Steve lead all father-son pairs in combined career wins.
Ray Sanders Heads for Home
Cardinals on-deck hitter Augie Bergamo used body language to speed teammate Ray Sanders across home plate in game two of the 1944 World Series. Sanders scored on a fly ball by Emil Verban for the Cards' second run in the contest. The umpire is Bill McGowan, who officiated a record 2,541 consecutive games over a 16-1/2 year period without missing so much as a single inning.
Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis Dies
For years prior to his death in 1944, commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis had been regarded as the players' best friend, yet that did not mean all players. When asked by a chauffeur when he was going to let blacks play in the major leagues, the commissioner replied, "I can't do a damn thing about it, Art. It's up to the club owners."
1944 St. Louis Cardinals Win the World Series
Cardinals pitcher Ted Wilks' scoreless relief stint in game six handed the Cardinals the 1944 World Series. Wilks was 17-4 as a rookie that year. In 1946 and again in 1947, he pitched the entire season for the Cards without suffering a single loss (12-0 total).
Sportsman's Park Hosts Series
More than 30,000 fans packed Sportsman's Park to see the 1944 World Series, featuring the St. Louis Cardinals and the St. Louis Browns. Both teams played in the stadium during the regular season and, consequently, all of the World Series games were played there. Though the Browns owned the ballpark, the Cardinals won the Series, four games to two.
The next page highlights key events and details from the 1944 baseball season.
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