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Cardinals Post-Season Play - 1934

The 1934 St. Louis Cardinals' season was one of the most interesting in the history of baseball.

  • The season began with Dizzy Dean bragging in spring training that he and his brother Paul would win 40 games, which they surpassed by nine.
  • It ended with a furious stretch run that started when the Redbirds were seven games behind the New York Giants on September 5. The Redbirds proceeded to win 20 of their last 25 games, including three of four over the Giants in the Polo Grounds, to take the flag by two games.
  • That earned them the right to meet the Detroit Tigers in the World Series.

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Game One: Navin Field
Attendance: 42,505 Time of Game: 2:13
Cardinals 8 Tigers 3
WP: Dizzy Dean; LP: General Crowder
  • The Cards held a 3-1 lead after three innings and expanded it to 8-1 with a four-run 6th highlighted by C Bill DeLancey's two-run double.
  • Dizzy coasted to the victory, scattering eight hits.
  • St. Louis LF Joe Medwick had four hits, including a homer.
1934 Detroit Tigers Infield
"The Battalion of Death" - Tigers 1934 infield
L-R: 1B Hank Greenberg, 3B Marv Owen, SS Billy Rogell, 2B Charlie Gehringer
Game Two: Navin Field
Attendance: 43,451
Time of Game: 2:49
Tigers 3 Cardinals 2 (12 innings)
WP: Schoolboy Rowe; LP: Bill Walker
  • Detroit PH Gee Walker drove home the tying run in the bottom of tie 9th with a single.
  • In the bottom of the 12th, Bill Walker, who took over from starter Wild Bill Hallahan in the 10th, walked Charlie Gehringer and Hank Greenberg with one out. Then LF Goose Goslin's single drove home 2B Charlie Gehringer to even the Series.
Game Three: Sportsman's Park
Attendance: 34,073 Time of Game: 2:07
Cardinals 4 Tigers 1
WP: Paul Dean; LP: Tommy Bridges
  • Paul "Daffy" Dean, Diz's little brother, scattered eight hits in setting town the heavy-hitting Tigers.
  • 3B Pepper Martin, the hero of the '31 World Series for the Cards, reached base three times with a double, triple, and walk and scored two runs.

Game Four: Sportsman's Park
Attendance: 37,492
Time of Game: 2:43
Tigers 10 Cardinals 4
WP: Elden Auker; LP: Bill Walker

  • The Tigers jumped on starter Tex Carleton, knocking him out in the third inning. But the Cards tied the game at four in the 4th.
  • The visitors retook the lead with a run in the 7th, then shelled losing pitcher Bill Walker for five runs in the 8th.
  • The expected hitting hero for Detroit was 1B Hank Greenberg, who went four-for-five, including two doubles. The unexpected hitting hero was SS Billy Rogell who drove in four runs.
  • The most memorable play in the game came in the bottom of the 4th when Rogell conked pinch-runner Dizzy Dean in the head, knocking him out cold, as the shortstop tried to complete a double play.
Game Five: Sportsman's Park
Attendance: 38,536
Time of Game: 1:58
Tigers 3 Cardinals 1
WP: Tommy Bridges; LP: Dizzy Dean
  • The Tigers ended the pattern of alternating wins between the two teams.
  • Dean pitched well, showing no ill effects from his beaning the day before. But Bridges was even better.
  • 2B Charlie Gehringer opened the 6th with a home run to break the 1-1 tie. Later in the inning, Greenberg's fly out scored Rogell with an insurance run.
Game Six: Navin Field
Attendance: 44,551
Time of Game: 1:58
Cardinals 4 Tigers 3
WP: Paul Dean; LP: Schoolboy Rowe
  • All the pressure was on the younger Dean as the Cards needed a win to force Game 7. Paul not only scattered seven hits but also drove in the go-ahead run in the 7th following SS Leo Durocher's double.
  • Daffy also got Greenberg to foul out in the bottom of the 8th with two runners on base.

Game Seven: Navin Field
Attendance: 40,902
Time of Game: 2:19
Cardinals 11 Tigers 0
WP: Dizzy Dean; LP: Elden Auker

  • This game is tied for the most lopsided ultimate game in World Series history. (The Cardinals were on the other side of an 11-0 drubbing against the Royals in 1985.) It is also the undisputed leader among ultimate games in the ugliest fan incident.
  • The game was essentially over after the Cards exploded for seven runs in the 3rd. Pitching on only two days of rest, Dizzy toyed with the Tigers after that.
  • Medwick tripled in the top of the 6th. The crowd thought Joe slid too hard into 3B Marv Owen. Already in a foul mood because of the drubbing of their hometown favorites, the fans in the LF bleachers greeted Medwick with a barrage of objects as he took his position in left field for the bottom of the inning. After ten minutes of delay, Commissioner Kennesaw Mountain Landis ordered Medwick out of the game for his own safety.

Medwick slides into Owen; Commissioner Landis orders Frisch
to remove Ducky from the game.

Medwick led the Cardinals hitters during the Series.

  • He hit .379 (11-for-29).
  • He also had five RBIs, one less than RF Jack Rothrock.
1934 Detroit World Series Program

Dizzy Dean


Eldon Auker


Goose Goslin
1934 St. Louis World Series Program

Joe Medwick


Pepper Martin


Bill Hallahan
Cardinals Quiz
Each player appeared in at least one World Series for the Cardinals. Match each player with the other team he played for in a World Series.

  1. Roger Craig
  2. Jim Edmonds
  3. Dick Groat
  4. Darrell Porter
  5. Dick Sisler
  6. Enos Slaughter
  1. Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers
  2. California Angels
  3. Chicago Cubs
  4. Kansas City Royals
  5. New York Yankees
  6. Philadelphia Phillies
  7. Pittsburgh Pirates

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