1926 St. Louis Cardinals season

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1926 St. Louis Cardinals
1926 World Series Champions
1926 National League Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 89–65 (.578)
League place 1st
Other information
Owner(s) Sam Breadon
Manager(s) Rogers Hornsby
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The 1926 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 45th season in St. Louis, Missouri and their 35th in the National League. The Cardinals went 89-65 during the season and finished first in the National League, winning their first National League pennant. In the World Series, they defeated the New York Yankees in 7 games, ending it by throwing out Babe Ruth at second base in the ninth-inning of Game 7 to preserve a 3-2 victory. This was Rogers Hornsby's only full season as manager for the team.

Catcher Bob O'Farrell won the MVP Award this year, batting .293, with 7 home runs and 68 RBIs. Led by RBI champion Jim Bottomley, the offense scored the most runs in the NL.

Regular season[edit]

  • September 22, 1926: Tommy Thevenow hit the second and last home run of the season, and of his career. Thevenow would play for another 12 seasons and set a major league record by not hitting a home run in 3,347 at-bats.[1]

Season standings[edit]

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Cardinals 89 65 0.578 47–30 42–35
Cincinnati Reds 87 67 0.565 2 53–23 34–44
Pittsburgh Pirates 84 69 0.549 49–28 35–41
Chicago Cubs 82 72 0.532 7 49–28 33–44
New York Giants 74 77 0.490 13½ 43–33 31–44
Brooklyn Robins 71 82 0.464 17½ 38–38 33–44
Boston Braves 66 86 0.434 22 43–34 23–52
Philadelphia Phillies 58 93 0.384 29½ 33–42 25–51


Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1926 St. Louis Cardinals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C O'Farrell, BobBob O'Farrell 147 492 144 .293 7 68
1B Bottomley, JimJim Bottomley 154 603 180 .299 19 120
2B Hornsby, RogersRogers Hornsby 134 527 167 .317 11 93
3B Bell, LesLes Bell 155 581 189 .325 17 100
SS Thevenow, TommyTommy Thevenow 156 563 144 .256 2 63
RF Southworth, BillyBilly Southworth 99 391 124 .317 11 69
LF Blades, RayRay Blades 107 416 127 .305 8 43
CF Douthit, TaylorTaylor Douthit 139 530 163 .308 3 52

Other batters[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Alexander, PetePete Alexander 23 148.1 9 7 2.91 35

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bell, HiHi Bell 27 85 6 6 3.18 27

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Dyer, EddieEddie Dyer 6 1 0 0 11.57 4
Clough, EdEd Clough 1 0 0 0 22.50 0

Awards and honors[edit]

League top five finishers[edit]

Les Bell

  • #3 in NL in RBI (100)
  • #4 in NL in home runs (17)

Ray Blades

  • #4 in NL in on-base percentage (.409)

Jim Bottomley

  • NL leader in RBI (120)
  • #2 in NL in home runs (19)

Taylor Douthit

  • #3 in NL in stolen bases (23)

Flint Rhem

  • NL leader in wins (20)

1926 World Series[edit]

Main article: 1926 World Series
Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(NYY-STL)

Attendance
1 October 2 St. Louis Cardinals 1 New York Yankees 2 1-0 61,658
2 October 3 St. Louis Cardinals 6 New York Yankees 2 1-1 63,600
3 October 4 New York Yankees 0 St. Louis Cardinals 4 1-2 37,708
4 October 6 New York Yankees 10 St. Louis Cardinals 5 2-2 38,825
5 October 7 New York Yankees 3 St. Louis Cardinals 2 3-2 39,552
6 October 9 St.Louis Cardinals 10 New York Yankees 2 3-3 48,615
7 October 10 St. Louis Cardinals 3 New York Yankees 2 4-3 38,093
St. Louis Cardinals win 4-3

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AA Syracuse Stars International League Burt Shotton
A Houston Buffaloes Texas League Joe Mathes
C Fort Smith Twins Western Association Everitt Booe
D Austin Senators Texas Association Chuck Miller

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 334, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  2. ^ Heinie Mueller page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Pittsburgh Pirates
1925
National League Championship Season
1926
Succeeded by
Pittsburgh Pirates
1927