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1931 World Series
1931 World Series Program
Team / Wins Manager Season
St. Louis Cardinals (4) Gabby Street 101–53, .656, GA: 13
Philadelphia Athletics (3) Connie Mack 107–45, .704, GA: 13½
Dates: October 1October 10
Radio network: NBC, CBS
Radio announcers: NBC: Graham McNamee
CBS: Ted Husing
Umpires: Bill Klem (NL), Dick Nallin (AL), Dolly Stark (NL), Bill McGowan (AL)
Future Hall of Famers: Cardinals: Jim Bottomley, Frankie Frisch, Burleigh Grimes, Waite Hoyt, Chick Hafey, Jesse Haines (dnp).
Athletics: Connie Mack (mgr.), Mickey Cochrane, Jimmy Foxx, Lefty Grove, Al Simmons.
World Series
 < 1930 1932 > 

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 spent seven (7) years in the Minor Leagues. He led his team during this 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 who were grandfathered in were permitted to continue using it in their arsenal. One of those still pitching who "wet his pill" was Burleigh Grimes, who had two starts, two wins, and seven innings of no-hit pitching in Game 3.

The Athletics had captured their third straight American League pennant—winning 107 games—tallying their three year total to 313 wins. However, this would prove to be the final World Series for Athletics' manager Connie Mack. As with the loss in 1914, Mack would break up this great team by selling off the best players, this time out of perceived economic necessity rather than pique. It would be 41 years and two cities later before the A's would return to World Series action, the club having moved to Kansas City and then to Oakland in the meantime.

SummaryEdit

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

GameScoreDateLocationAttendance
1Philadelphia Athletics – 6, St. Louis Cardinals – 2October 1Sportsman's Park (III)38,529[1]
2Philadelphia Athletics – 0, St. Louis Cardinals – 2October 2Sportsman's Park (III)35,947[2]
3St. Louis Cardinals – 5, Philadelphia Athletics – 2October 5Shibe Park32,295[3]
4St. Louis Cardinals – 0, Philadelphia Athletics – 3October 6Shibe Park32,295[4]
5St. Louis Cardinals – 5, Philadelphia Athletics – 1October 7Shibe Park32,295[5]
6Philadelphia Athletics – 8, St. Louis Cardinals – 1October 9Sportsman's Park (III)39,401[6]
7Philadelphia Athletics – 2, St. Louis Cardinals – 4October 10Sportsman's Park (III)20,805[7]

MatchupsEdit

Game 1Edit

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

Team 123456789RHE
Philadelphia 004000200 6 110
St. Louis 200000000 2 120
WP: Lefty Grove (1–0)  LP: Paul Derringer (0–1)  
HRs:  PHA – Al Simmons (1)

Game 2Edit

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

Team 123456789RHE
Philadelphia 000000000 0 30
St. Louis 01000010X 2 61
WP: Bill Hallahan (1–0)  LP: George Earnshaw (0–1)  

Game 3Edit

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

Team 123456789RHE
St. Louis 020200001 5 120
Philadelphia 000000002 2 20
WP: Burleigh Grimes (1–0)  LP: Lefty Grove (1–1)  
HRs:  PHA – Al Simmons (2)

Game 4Edit

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

Team 123456789RHE
St. Louis 000000000 0 21
Philadelphia 10000200X 3 100
WP: George Earnshaw (1–1)  LP: Syl Johnson (0–1)  
HRs:  PHA – Jimmie Foxx (1)

Game 5Edit

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

Team 123456789RHE
St. Louis 100002011 5 120
Philadelphia 000000100 1 90
WP: Bill Hallahan (2–0)  LP: Waite Hoyt (0–1)  
HRs:  STL – Pepper Martin (1)

Game 6Edit

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

Team 123456789RHE
Philadelphia 000040400 8 81
St. Louis 000001000 1 52
WP: Lefty Grove (2–1)  LP: Paul Derringer (0–2)  

Game 7Edit

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

Team 123456789RHE
Philadelphia 000000002 2 71
St. Louis 20200000X 4 50
WP: Burleigh Grimes (2–0)  LP: George Earnshaw (1–2)  SV: Bill Hallahan (1)  
HRs:  STL – George Watkins (1)

Composite boxEdit

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

Team 123456789RHE
St. Louis Cardinals 532203112 19 544
Philadelphia Athletics 104042704 22 502

<tr><td style="text-align:left;" colspan="13">Total attendance: 231,567   Average attendance: 33,081</td></tr> <tr><td style="text-align:left;" colspan="13">Winning player’s share: $4,468   Losing player’s share: $3,023[8]</td></tr>


NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Neft, David S., and Richard M. Cohen. The World Series. 1st ed. New York: St Martins, 1990. (Neft and Cohen 137–141)
  • Reichler, Joseph, ed. (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.), p. 2139. MacMillian Publishing. ISBN 0-02-579010-2.
  • Forman, Sean L.. 1931 World Series. Baseball-Reference.com - Major League Statistics and Information.. Retrieved on 2007-12-09.

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