Cardinal fans put on quite the party after their team won the 1926 World Series against the New York Yankees. Tim O’Neill wrote an article in Sunday’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch about the city’s first championship. “It was like a city-wide detonation.” the Post-Dispatch reported at the time.
The Redbirds beat the Yankees in seven games. Grover Cleveland Alexander, near the end of his storied career, threw two-complete game victories for St. Louis. He also recorded a big out in Game 7 in relief.
Babe Ruth was at his mightiest and most befuddling in the Series. The Babe hit three home runs in Game 4 and another in Game 7 after belting 47 in the regular season. Of note, he only stole 11 bases during the campaign and was caught nine times. That didn’t stop the not-so-fleet-footed Bambino from trying to steal second base with two outs in the ninth inning and the Yankees trailing 3-2. Bob Meusel was up to bat, and the great Lou Gehrig was on deck. Redbird catcher Bob O’Farrell nailed Ruth at second base to end the Series.