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October 20, 1982: Joaquin Andujar and Bruce Sutter stifle the Brewers to win World Series Game 7

In the right-field bleachers, Cardinals fans hung a bedsheet declaring that evening’s starting pitcher, Joaquin Andujar, “one tough Dominican” in honor of the right-hander’s favorite self-description. On October 21, 1982, Andujar proved to be exactly that, pitching seven innings to lead the Cardinals to a 6-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 7 of …

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October 12, 1967: Bob Gibson pitches Cardinals past the ‘Impossible Dream’ Red Sox in Game 7

The Boston Red Sox and their fans weren’t afraid to give the Cardinals a little extra motivation heading into Game 7 of the 1967 World Series. Knowing that Game 7 would match Cardinals ace Bob Gibson against Red Sox ace Jim Lonborg, Boston first baseman George Scott predicted that Gibson wouldn’t “survive five” innings.[1] Earlier …

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October 9, 1944: Cardinals clinch World Series victory over the Browns in the Trolley Car Series

On October 9, 1944, the St. Louis Cardinals clinched their second World Series championship in three years, defeating the crosstown rival Browns 3-1 and establishing themselves as baseball’s dominant wartime franchise. With America at war in Europe, players from every team either volunteered for or were drafted into the war effort. Though Cardinals stars Enos …

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October 9, 1934: Dizzy Dean shuts out Detroit and Joe Medwick nearly sparks a riot as the Cardinals win World Series Game 7

At the end of a roller-coaster season, it was fitting that the 1934 St. Louis Cardinals’ final game was a madcap affair, complete with a fight between players, a near-riot in the stands, and Dizzy Dean testing out new pitches en route to an 11-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers in Game 7 of the …

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October 5, 1942: Whitey Kurowski ninth-inning home run lifts Cardinals to the 1942 World Series title

On October 5, 1942, third baseman Whitey Kurowski struck the deciding blow in Game 5 of the World Series to beat the New York Yankees and begin a five-year run of dominance in which the St. Louis Cardinals won three world championships. The heavily favored Yankees entered the 1942 Fall Classic as the defending world …

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October 7, 1969: Curt Flood refuses trade to the Phillies, setting up legal battle over the reserve clause

On October 7, 1969, the St. Louis Cardinals made the most impactful trade in the history of Major League Baseball when they agreed to send Curt Flood, Tim McCarver, Byron Browne, and Joe Hoerner to the Philadelphia Phillies for Dick Allen, Jerry Johnson, and Cookie Rojas. Flood refused to report to the Phillies. Instead, he …

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October 14, 1985: Cardinals fans ‘go crazy’ after Ozzie Smith hits a walk-off home run to win NLCS Game 5

Arguably the most famous home run in St. Louis Cardinals postseason history may also have been the most unlikely. On October 14, 1985, broadcaster Jack Buck encouraged Cardinals fans to “go crazy, folks, go crazy!” after shortstop Ozzie Smith hit the first left-handed home run of his career. The unexpected blast gave St. Louis a …

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