1931 World Series

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1931 World Series
Team (Wins) Manager Season
St. Louis Cardinals (4) Gabby Street 101–53, .656, GA: 13
Philadelphia Athletics (3) Connie Mack 107–45, .704, GA: 13 12
Dates: October 1–10
Radio: NBC, CBS
Radio announcers: NBC: Graham McNamee, Tom Manning, George Hicks
CBS: Ted Husing
Umpires: Bill Klem (NL), Dick Nallin (AL), Dolly Stark (NL), Bill McGowan (AL)
Hall of Famers: Umpire: Bill Klem
Cardinals: Jim Bottomley, Frankie Frisch, Burleigh Grimes, Chick Hafey, Jesse Haines (dnp).
Athletics: Connie Mack (mgr.), Mickey Cochrane, Jimmie Foxx, Lefty Grove, Waite Hoyt, Al Simmons.
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In the 1931 World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Philadelphia Athletics in seven games, a rematch and reversal of fortunes of the 1930 World Series.

The same two teams faced off during the 1930 World Series and the Athletics were victorious. The only day-to-day player in the Cardinals' lineup who was different in 1931 was the "Wild Horse of the Osage", Pepper Martin—a 27-year-old rookie who had spent seven seasons in the minor leagues. He led his team for the Series in runs scored, hits, doubles, runs batted in and stolen bases, and also made a running catch to stifle a ninth-inning rally by the A's in the final game.

The spitball pitch was banned by Major League Baseball in 1920, but those still using it at that time were "grandfathered," or permitted to keep throwing it. One of those who "wet his pill" still active in 1931 was Burleigh Grimes, with two Series starts, two wins and seven innings of no-hit pitching in Game 3. "Wild" Bill Hallahan started and won the other two for the Cards, and saved Game 7.

The Athletics had captured their third straight American League pennant, winning 107 games (and 313 for 1929–31). But this would prove to be the final World Series for longtime A's manager Connie Mack. As he did after the Boston "Miracle Braves" swept his heavily favored A's in the 1914 Series, Mack would break up this great team by selling off his best players, this time out of perceived economic necessity rather than pique and competition from the short-lived Federal League. It would be 41 years and two cities later before the A's would return to World Series action, after their successive moves to Kansas City in 1955 and Oakland in 1968.

Summary[edit]

NL St. Louis Cardinals (4) vs. AL Philadelphia Athletics (3)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 October 1 Philadelphia Athletics – 6, St. Louis Cardinals – 2 Sportsman's Park (III) 1:55 38,529[1]
2 October 2 Philadelphia Athletics – 0, St. Louis Cardinals – 2 Sportsman's Park (III) 1:49 35,947[2] 
3 October 5 St. Louis Cardinals – 5, Philadelphia Athletics – 2 Shibe Park 2:10 32,295[3] 
4 October 6 St. Louis Cardinals – 0, Philadelphia Athletics – 3 Shibe Park 1:58 32,295[4] 
5 October 7 St. Louis Cardinals – 5, Philadelphia Athletics – 1 Shibe Park 1:56 32,295[5] 
6 October 9 Philadelphia Athletics – 8, St. Louis Cardinals – 1 Sportsman's Park (III) 1:57 39,401[6] 
7 October 10 Philadelphia Athletics – 2, St. Louis Cardinals – 4 Sportsman's Park (III) 1:57 20,805[7]

Matchups[edit]

Game 1[edit]

Thursday, October 1, 1931 at Sportsman's Park (III) in St. Louis, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 0 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 6 11 0
St. Louis 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 12 0
WP: Lefty Grove (1–0)   LP: Paul Derringer (0–1)
Home runs:
PHA: Al Simmons (1)
STL: None

Game 2[edit]

Friday, October 2, 1931 at Sportsman's Park (III) in St. Louis, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
St. Louis 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 X 2 6 1
WP: Bill Hallahan (1–0)   LP: George Earnshaw (0–1)

Game 3[edit]

Monday, October 5, 1931 at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 5 12 0
Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 0
WP: Burleigh Grimes (1–0)   LP: Lefty Grove (1–1)
Home runs:
STL: None
PHA: Al Simmons (2)

Game 4[edit]

Tuesday, October 6, 1931 at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Philadelphia 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 X 3 10 0
WP: George Earnshaw (1–1)   LP: Syl Johnson (0–1)
Home runs:
STL: None
PHA: Jimmie Foxx (1)

Game 5[edit]

Wednesday, October 7, 1931 at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 5 12 0
Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 9 0
WP: Bill Hallahan (2–0)   LP: Waite Hoyt (0–1)
Home runs:
STL: Pepper Martin (1)
PHA: None

Game 6[edit]

Friday, October 9, 1931 at Sportsman's Park (III) in St. Louis, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 4 0 4 0 0 8 8 1
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 2
WP: Lefty Grove (2–1)   LP: Paul Derringer (0–2)

Game 7[edit]

Saturday, October 10, 1931 at Sportsman's Park (III) in St. Louis, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 7 1
St. Louis 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 X 4 5 0
WP: Burleigh Grimes (2–0)   LP: George Earnshaw (1–2)   Sv: Bill Hallahan (1)
Home runs:
PHA: None
STL: George Watkins (1)

Composite line score[edit]

1931 World Series (4–3): St. Louis Cardinals (N.L.) over Philadelphia Athletics (A.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis Cardinals 5 3 2 2 0 3 1 1 2 19 54 4
Philadelphia Athletics 1 0 4 0 4 2 7 0 4 22 50 2
Total attendance: 231,567   Average attendance: 33,081
Winning player's share: $4,468   Losing player's share: $3,023[8]

Notes[edit]

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. 137–141. ISBN 0-312-03960-3. 
  • Reichler, Joseph (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.). MacMillian Publishing. p. 2139. ISBN 0-02-579010-2. 

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