1943 World Series

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1943 World Series
Team (Wins) Manager(s) Season
New York Yankees (4) Joe McCarthy 98–56, .636, GA: ​13 12
St. Louis Cardinals (1) Billy Southworth 105–49, .682, GA: 18
Dates October 5–11
Umpires Eddie Rommel (AL), Beans Reardon (NL), Joe Rue (AL), Bill Stewart (NL)
Hall of Famers Yankees: Joe McCarthy (mgr.), Bill Dickey, Joe DiMaggio (mil.), Joe Gordon, Phil Rizzuto (mil.), Red Ruffing (mil.)
Cardinals: Billy Southworth (mgr.), Enos Slaughter (mil.), Stan Musial
Broadcast
Radio Mutual
Radio announcers Red Barber and Bob Elson
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The 1943 World Series matched the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals against the New York Yankees, in a rematch of the 1942 Series. The Yankees won the Series in five games for their tenth championship in 21 seasons. It was Yankees manager Joe McCarthy's final Series win. This series was also the first to have an accompanying World Series highlight film (initially, the films were created as gifts to troops fighting in World War II, to give them a brief recap of baseball action back home), a tradition that still persists.

This World Series was scheduled for a 3–4 format because of wartime travel restrictions. The 3–4 format meant there was only one trip between ballparks, but if the Series had ended in a four-game sweep, there would have been three games played in one park and only one in the other.

Because of World War II, both teams' rosters were depleted. Johnny Beazley, Jimmy Brown, Creepy Crespi, Terry Moore and Enos Slaughter were no longer on the Cardinals' roster. Joe DiMaggio, Phil Rizzuto, Red Ruffing and Buddy Hassett were missing from the Yankees, and Red Rolfe had retired to coach at Dartmouth College.

Cardinals pitchers Howie Pollet, Max Lanier and Mort Cooper ranked 1–2–3 in the National League in ERA in 1943 at 1.75, 1.90 and 2.30, respectively.

Summary[edit]

AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL St. Louis Cardinals (1)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 5 St. Louis Cardinals – 2, New York Yankees – 4 Yankee Stadium 2:07 68,676[1] 
2 October 6 St. Louis Cardinals – 4, New York Yankees – 3 Yankee Stadium 2:08 68,578[2] 
3 October 7 St. Louis Cardinals – 2, New York Yankees – 6 Yankee Stadium 2:10 69,990[3] 
4 October 10 New York Yankees – 2, St. Louis Cardinals – 1 Sportsman's Park 2:06 36,196[4] 
5 October 11 New York Yankees – 2, St. Louis Cardinals – 0 Sportsman's Park 2:24 33,872[5]

Matchups[edit]

Game 1[edit]

Tuesday, October 5, 1943 1:30 pm (ET) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 7 2
New York 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 X 4 8 2
WP: Spud Chandler (1–0)   LP: Max Lanier (0–1)
Home runs:
STL: None
NYY: Joe Gordon (1)

In Game 1, the Cardinals went up 1–0 in the second against Spud Chandler on Marty Marion's RBI double with two on. In the fourth with runners on first and third and no outs off of Max Lanier, Charlie Keller's double-play tied the game, then Joe Gordon's home run put the Yankees up 2–1. The Cardinals tied the game in the fifth when Ray Sanders hit a leadoff single, moved to second on an error and scored on Lanier's single. In the sixth after two leadoff singles, a one-out wild pitch by Lanier put the Yankees up 3–2, then Bill Dickey added an insurance run with an RBI single. Chandler pitched a complete game to give the Yankees a 1–0 series lead.

Game 2[edit]

Wednesday, October 6, 1943 1:30 pm (ET) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 7 2
New York 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 6 0
WP: Mort Cooper (1–0)   LP: Tiny Bonham (0–1)
Home runs:
STL: Marty Marion (1), Ray Sanders (1)
NYY: None

The Cardinals' only victory came the same day as the death of Mort and Walker Cooper's father, Robert. Marty Marion's leadoff home run in the third off of Tiny Bonham put the Cardinals up 1–0. In the fourth, Stan Musial hit a leadoff single, moved to second on a groundout and scored on Whitey Kurowski's RBI single. Ray Sanders's two-run home run then made it 4–0 Cardinals. In the bottom of the inning, Charlie Keller's sacrifice fly with two on off of Mort Cooper put the Yankees on the board. In the ninth, Billy Johnson hit a leadoff double, then scored on Cooper's triple. After a line-out, Nick Etten's RBI groundout cut the Cardinals' lead to one, but Cooper got Joe Gordon to pop out in foul territory to end the game and tie the series 1–1.

Game 3[edit]

Thursday, October 7, 1943 1:30 pm (ET) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 4
New York 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 X 6 8 0
WP: Hank Borowy (1–0)   LP: Al Brazle (0–1)   Sv: Johnny Murphy (1)

The Cardinals loaded the bases in the fourth on a single, double and intentional walk off of Hank Borowy before Danny Litwhiler drove in two with a single to left, but Borowy allowed no other runs in eight innings. In the sixth, Borowy hit a leadoff double off of Al Brazle, moved to third on a sacrifice fly, and scored on an error on Billy Johnson's groundball. In the eighth, the Yankees loaded the bases on a single, fielder's choice and intentional walk before Johnson cleared them with a triple, putting the Yankees up 4–2. They added to their lead on RBI singles by Joe Gordon off of Howie Krist and Nick Etten off of Harry Brecheen. Johnny Murphy pitched a perfect ninth as the Yankees went up 2–1 in the series.

Game 4[edit]

Sunday, October 10, 1943 1:30 pm (CT) at Sportsman's Park 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 0 1 0 2 6 2
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 7 1
WP: Marius Russo (1–0)   LP: Harry Brecheen (0–1)

In Game 4, the Yankees struck first when Joe Gordon doubled with two outs in the fourth off of Max Lanier and scored on Bill Dickey's single. In the seventh, Marius Russo got two outs, then allowed the Cardinals to load the bases on an error, double and intentional walk before another error on Frank Demaree's groundball tied the game. In the eighth, Russo hit a leadoff double off of Harry Brecheen, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Frankie Crosetti's sacrifice fly. Russo pitched a complete game to leave the Yankees one win away from the championship.

Game 5[edit]

Monday, October 11, 1943 1:30 pm (CT) at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, Missouri
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 7 1
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 1
WP: Spud Chandler (2–0)   LP: Mort Cooper (1–1)
Home runs:
NYY: Bill Dickey (1)
STL: None

Murry Dickson, who helped close the door for the Cardinals by allowing no hits while on the mound, was on a ten-day pass from the United States Army. Spud Chandler won his second complete game of the series, shutting out the Cardinals despite giving up 10 hits and 2 walks. Bill Dickey provided the game's only runs on a home run in the sixth after a two-out walk off of Mort Cooper.

Composite box[edit]

1943 World Series (4–1): 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 0 0 0 4 0 5 0 6 2 17 35 5
St. Louis Cardinals 0 1 1 5 1 0 1 0 0 9 37 10
Total attendance: 277,312   Average attendance: 55,462
Winning player's share: $6,139   Losing player's share: $4,322[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "1943 World Series Game 1 – St. Louis Cardinals vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  2. ^ "1943 World Series Game 2 – St. Louis Cardinals vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  3. ^ "1943 World Series Game 3 – St. Louis Cardinals vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  4. ^ "1943 World Series Game 4 – New York Yankees vs. St. Louis Cardinals". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  5. ^ "1943 World Series Game 5 – New York Yankees vs. St. Louis Cardinals". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  6. ^ "World Series Gate Receipts and Player Shares". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved June 14, 2009. 

See also[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. 192–195. ISBN 0-312-03960-3. 
  • Reichler, Joseph (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.). Macmillan Publishing. p. 2151. ISBN 0-02-579010-2. 

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