The game was played in Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, Missouri on October 15, 1946. After Red Sox center fielderDom DiMaggio drove in two runs in the top of the eighth, the score was tied at 3. DiMaggio pulled a hamstring during the play and was forced to leave the game, so Leon Culberson replaced him in center field when the St. Louis half of the inning began. St. Louis outfielderEnos Slaughter led off with a single, but neither of the next two batters was able to reach base safely nor advance the runner. Cardinal outfielder Harry Walker stepped to the plate and, after the count reached two balls and one strike, the Cardinals called for a hit-and-run.
What exactly happened when Pesky turned around is still a matter of contention. Some claim that Pesky, assuming that Slaughter would not be running home, checked Walker at first base instead of immediately firing home, while others contend that Pesky was so shocked to see Slaughter on his way to score that he had a mental lapse that accounted for the delay. Whatever the reason, the delay and a weak and rushed throw home allowed Slaughter to score just as Red Sox catcherRoy Partee caught it up the line from home plate.
The run put the Cardinals ahead 4–3 and proved to be the winning run.