Pivotal World Series Plays
Haines Bests Ruth Two Ways
1926 World Series - Game 3: New York Yankees @ St. Louis Cardinals
The first World Series in Cardinals franchise history was tied one-one as the teams took the train to the Mound City for Game 3.
Since the Redbirds had been on the road since September 2, this was the first time the St. Louis faithful had a chance to celebrate their heroes' accomplishments. The pandemonium started the afternoon before when thousands of fans met the Cardinals when they arrived at the train station. Businesses closed, and fans accompanied the club on a parade for dozens of blocks through the city. Thousands of fans lined up by midnight for grandstand seats for Game 3 at Sportsman's Park. The park gates were opened at 8:30 the next morning to let in the waiting throng.
The East Coast media were awestruck by the enthusiasm of the Cardinal fans. "Baseball in this western citadel is not a recreation or an amusement," wrote Grantland Rice, "it's more a fever, a frenzy, a furor and a flaring flame."
A record crowd of 38,500 filled Sportsman's Park on a gloomy afternoon with temperature in the low 60s.
Player-manager Rogers Hornsby chose 32-year-old Jesse Haines as his starter. The righthander had gone 13-4 during the season with a 3.25 ERA.
His fast ball smoking, Jesse set down the first six Yankees he faced, including LF Babe Ruth on a groundout. When the Cardinal hurler came to bat to lead off the bottom of the 3rd, he hit a "sharp yet routine grounder to first" that Lou Gehrig fielded going away from the bag. But New York starter Dutch Ruether was late covering to give the hustling Haines an infield hit. Jesse was not known as a good-hitting pitcher. He had a lifetime average of .187 so far in his career although he did compile his highest yearly batting average, .213, to that point in his eight-year career. His batting performance would go from surpri­sing to amazing before the game was over.
CF Taylor Douthit walked, and RF Billy Southworth bunted the runners to 2nd and 3rd. But 2B Hornsby fouled out, and 1B Jim Bottomley lined to center to end the inning.

L-R: Rogers Hornsby, Jesse Haines, Babe Ruth, Dutch Ruether
As the sky darkened in the top of the 4th, Ruth blooped a single into center field. After RF Bob Meusel bounced out to Haines, Ruth taking 2nd, the skies opened and "rain came down in sheets." The umpires called a halt to the action as the grounds crew quickly covered the infield with tarpaulins. When play re­sumed 32 minutes later, Haines showed no ill effects from the delay as he con­tinued to shut out the Yankees.
The Cards broke the scoring ice in the bottom of the 4th as Ruether's effect­iveness seemed to be diminished by the delay. 3B Les Bell led off with a single to center, and LF Chick Hafey bunted him to 2nd. After C Bob O'Farrell walked. SS Tommy Thevenow hit a sharp grounder to 2B Tony Lazzeri, who threw to rookie SS Mark Koenig for the forceout at 2nd. "But Koenig was slightly slow covering second and threw from a needlessly awkward position. The ball sailed past (Lou) Gehrig's ankle to the stand." (James Harrison, New York Times) That allowed Bell to score the game's first run. That brought up Haines with a runner on 1st and two outs. One writer described Ruether as "very much vexed and somewhat sulky" after Koenig's error. So the Yankee hurler grooved one to his pitching rival, who surprised the 37,708 paying customers and the fans listen­ing to the Broadcasting Company of Ameri­ca's description of the action on 23 radio stations in the Northeast and Midwest. Haines smacked the pitch into the right field bleachers for the first World Series homer by a pitcher and Haines's first roundtrip­per in six years. "The clamor was so great that the eardrums quivered."

L-R: Les Bell, Jim Bottomley, Chick Hafey, Mark Koenig
The Yankees were known as a fastball-hitting team, but they still couldn't handle Jesse's hummers. As he continued to shut them down, the Cards added another run in the 5th on singles by Southworth and Hornsby and a groundout by 1B Jim Bottomley. That made it 4-0 St. Louis and sent Ruether to the showers.
When Jesse walked PH Ben Paschal to open the 8th, Hornsby ordered Art Reinhart and Flint Rhem to warm up. But, his fastball still hopping, Haines retired the next three bat­ters, the last one being Ruth, who grounded out.
When play resumed, the light was failing, which increased the challenge Yank­ee hitters faced. Haines fanned CF Earle Combs and got Koenig and Ruth to ground out. After the Cards went down in order in the bottom of the 8th, Haines got Meusel to ground out. Then Gehrig singled to right field. But Tony Lazzeri hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the game.
After three games, the tally of World Series batting read: Home runs - Jesse Haines 1, Babe Ruth 0; hits - Jesse Haines 2, Babe Ruth 2.