1928 World Series

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1928 World Series
Team (Wins) Manager Season
New York Yankees (4) Miller Huggins 101–53, .656, GA: 2 12
St. Louis Cardinals (0) Bill McKechnie 95–59, .617, GA: 2
Dates: October 4–9
Radio: NBC, CBS
Radio announcers: Graham McNamee, J. Andrew White, Phillips Carlin
Umpires: Brick Owens (AL), Cy Rigler (NL), Bill McGowan (AL), Cy Pfirman (NL)
Hall of Famers: Umpire: Bill McGowan
Yankees: Miller Huggins (mgr.), Earle Combs, Stan Coveleski (dnp), Bill Dickey (dnp), Leo Durocher‡, Lou Gehrig, Waite Hoyt, Tony Lazzeri, Herb Pennock (dnp), Babe Ruth.
Cardinals: Bill McKechnie (mgr.), Grover Cleveland Alexander, Jim Bottomley, Frankie Frisch, Chick Hafey, Jesse Haines, Rabbit Maranville.
‡ elected as a manager.
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In the 1928 World Series, the New York Yankees swept the St. Louis Cardinals in four games. This was the first time a team had swept consecutive Series.

Babe Ruth hit .625 (10 for 16) as the Yankees demolished their opponents by a combined score of 27 to 10. As he had done against the Cards in the 1926 Series, Ruth rocketed three home runs over the right field pavilion in Sportsman's Park in Game 4, the only one to do it twice in the World Series through the 2012 season. Unlike 1926, however, it occurred in the final game of a Series won by the Yanks and put an exclamation mark on their two consecutive World Series sweeps.

Lou Gehrig also had a good Series. He drove in as many runs by himself as the entire Cardinal team combined.

Bill McKechnie became the second manager to lead two different teams to the World Series, and like Pat Moran, won one and lost one.

Summary[edit]

AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL St. Louis Cardinals (0)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 October 4 St. Louis Cardinals – 1, New York Yankees – 4 Yankee Stadium (I) 1:49 61,425[1]
2 October 5 St. Louis Cardinals – 3, New York Yankees – 9 Yankee Stadium (I) 2:04 60,714[2] 
3 October 7 New York Yankees – 7, St. Louis Cardinals – 3 Sportsman's Park (III) 2:00 39,602[3] 
4 October 9 New York Yankees – 7, St. Louis Cardinals – 3 Sportsman's Park (III) 2:25 37,331[4]

Matchups[edit]

Game 1[edit]

Thursday, October 4, 1928 at Yankee Stadium (I) in the Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 1
New York 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 X 4 7 0
WP: Waite Hoyt (1–0)   LP: Bill Sherdel (0–1)
Home runs:
STL: Jim Bottomley (1)
NYY: Bob Meusel (1)

Game 2[edit]

Friday, October 5, 1928 at Yankee Stadium (I) in the Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 1
New York 3 1 4 0 0 0 1 0 X 9 8 2
WP: George Pipgras (1–0)   LP: Grover Cleveland Alexander (0–1)
Home runs:
STL: None
NYY: Lou Gehrig (1)

Game 3[edit]

Sunday, October 7, 1928 at Sportsman's Park (III) in St. Louis, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 1 0 2 0 3 1 0 0 7 7 2
St. Louis 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 9 3
WP: Tom Zachary (1–0)   LP: Jesse Haines (0–1)
Home runs:
NYY: Lou Gehrig 2 (3)
STL: None

Game 4[edit]

Tuesday, October 9, 1928 at Sportsman's Park (III) in St. Louis, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 2 0 7 15 2
St. Louis 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 11 0
WP: Waite Hoyt (2–0)   LP: Bill Sherdel (0–2)
Home runs:
NYY: Babe Ruth 3 (3), Lou Gehrig (4), Cedric Durst (1)
STL: None

Leading 2–1 going into the seventh, Game 4 was the first time the Cards led the Yanks in the entire Series. In the top of the seventh, 21-game-winning southpaw Will Sherdel had an 0–2 count on Babe Ruth, who turned to say something to catcher Earl Smith, Sherdel "quick-pitched," or threw without a windup, for what he thought was strike three on the Babe.[5] "Quick pitches" were legal in the National League, but not in the American League or the World Series. So NL plate umpire Cy Pfirman called "no pitch," touching off a vociferous argument with the Cardinals they couldn't win. Ruth then took two balls to even the count at 2–2 before homering to tie the game at two apiece. Gehrig's ensuing back-to-back home run, his fourth of the Series, gave the Yanks a lead they never relinquished. They scored twice more in the seventh, and Ruth capped things off with his third homer of the game in the two-run Yankee eighth.[6]

St. Louis scored a lone run in the bottom of the ninth to make it 7–3, but that was their last gasp as future Hall of Famer Frankie Frisch hit a left field foul fly caught on the run by none other than the Babe up against the stands, as angry Cardinal fans swatted the "Sultan of Swat" with newspapers and programs. But Ruth merely kept running right into the dugout, holding the ball in the air and giving the Yanks their second straight World Series sweep.

In 1930, Ruth called this game the biggest thrill of his career.[5]

Composite line score[edit]

1928 World Series (4–0): New York Yankees (A.L.) over St. Louis Cardinals (N.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 4 2 4 5 0 3 6 3 0 27 37 6
St. Louis Cardinals 2 3 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 10 27 5
Total attendance: 199,072   Average attendance: 49,768
Winning player's share: $5,813   Losing player's share: $4,181[7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "1928 World Series Game 1 - St. Louis Cardinals vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  2. ^ "1928 World Series Game 2 - St. Louis Cardinals vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  3. ^ "1928 World Series Game 3 - New York Yankees vs. St. Louis Cardinals". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  4. ^ "1928 World Series Game 4 - New York Yankees vs. St. Louis Cardinals". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b Creamer, Robert (1974). Babe: The Legend Comes to Life. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-671-21770-4. 
  6. ^ This was Ruth's second three home run game in the World Series, following Game 4 of the 1926 World Series and he was, as of 2012, the only player to hit three home runs in two World Series games.
  7. ^ "World Series Gate Receipts and Player Shares". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved June 14, 2009. 

References[edit]

  • Cohen, Richard M.; Neft, David S. (1990). The World Series: Complete Play-By-Play of Every Game, 1903–1989. New York: St. Martin's Press. pp. 124–127. ISBN 0-312-03960-3. 
  • Reichler, Joseph (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.). Macmillan Publishing. p. 2136. ISBN 0-02-579010-2. 

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