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|Dates:||October 6–October 15|
|Radio announcers:||Jim Britt, Arch McDonald, Bill Corum|
|Umpires:||Lee Ballanfant (NL), Cal Hubbard (AL), Al Barlick (NL), Charlie Berry (AL)|
|Future Hall of Famers:||Cardinals: Stan Musial, Red Schoendienst, Enos Slaughter. Red Sox Joe Cronin‡ (mgr.), Bobby Doerr, Ted Williams.|
| World Series
The 1946 World Series was played in October 1946 between the St. Louis Cardinals (representing the National League) and the Boston Red Sox (representing the American League). In the eighth inning of Game 7, with the score 3–3, the Cardinals' Enos Slaughter opened the inning with a single but two batters failed to advance him. With two outs, Harry Walker walloped a hit over Johnny Pesky's head into left-center field. As Leon Culberson chased it down, Slaughter started his dash. Pesky caught Culberson's throw, turned and—perhaps surprised to see Slaughter headed for the plate—hesitated just a split second before throwing home. Roy Partee had to take a few steps up the third base line to catch Pesky's toss, but Slaughter was safe without a play at the plate and Walker was credited with an RBI double. The Cardinals won the game and the Series in seven games, giving them their sixth championship.
Boston superstar Ted Williams played the Series injured and was largely ineffective but refused to use his injury as an excuse.
The World Series was back to the 2–3–2 format for home teams, and has been used ever since.
|1||Boston Red Sox – 3, St. Louis Cardinals – 2 (10 innings)||October 6||Sportsman's Park (III)||36,218|
|2||Boston Red Sox – 0, St. Louis Cardinals – 3||October 7||Sportsman's Park (III)||35,815|
|3||St. Louis Cardinals – 0, Boston Red Sox – 4||October 9||Fenway Park||34,500|
|4||St. Louis Cardinals – 12, Boston Red Sox – 3||October 10||Fenway Park||35,645|
|5||St. Louis Cardinals – 3, Boston Red Sox – 6||October 11||Fenway Park||35,982|
|6||Boston Red Sox – 1, St. Louis Cardinals – 4||October 13||Sportsman's Park (III)||35,768|
|7||Boston Red Sox – 3, St. Louis Cardinals – 4||October 15||Sportsman's Park (III)||36,143|
HRs: BOS – Rudy York (1)
HRs: BOS – Rudy York (2)
HRs: STL – Enos Slaughter (1) BOS – Bobby Doerr (1)
HRs: BOS – Leon Culberson (1)
|St. Louis Cardinals||0||5||7||0||5||1||1||3||6||0||28||60||4|
|Boston Red Sox||5||2||0||1||0||1||4||5||1||1||20||56||10
<tr><td style="text-align:left;" colspan="14">Total attendance: 250,071 Average attendance: 35,724</td></tr> <tr><td style="text-align:left;" colspan="14">Winning player’s share: $3,742 Losing player’s share: $2,141</td></tr>
- This was the first World Series appearance for the Red Sox since 1918 and it would be the last appearance until "the Impossible Dream" 21 years later.
- The World Series loss snapped the Red Sox's record of winning their first five postseason series, a feat that would not be matched until the Florida Marlins did it 57 years later in the 2003 World Series.
- Joe Cronin became the fourth manager to take two teams to the World Series (Pat Moran, Bill McKechnie, and Joe McCarthy were the first three) but was the first who did not win with either of them.
- Several sources erroneously reported that Harry Walker hit a single allowing Enos Slaughter to score. It was officially scored a double.
Enos Slaughter is on first base with two away. Harry Walker at bat. Bob Klinger on the mound. He takes the stretch. Here's the pitch. There goes Slaughter. The ball is swung on, there's a line drive going into left-center field. It's in there for a base hit. Culberson fumbles the ball momentarily and Slaughter charges around second, heads for third. Pesky goes into short left field to take the relay from Culberson. And here comes Enos Slaughter rounding third. He's going to try for home. Here comes the throw, and it's not in time! Slaughter scores.
I hit a low pitch that was sinking. This was the biggest thrill of my life. What a game. What a finish.—Harry Walker.
When the ball went into left-center, I hit second base and I said to myself, 'I can score.' I didn't know whether the ball had been cut off or not. I didn't know nothin'. It was a gutsy play. But, you know, two men out and the winning run, you can't let the grass grow under your feet.—Enos Slaughter.
This will be the last game—you can quote me.—Joe Garagiola before Game Seven.
- ↑ 1946 World Series Game 1 - Boston Red Sox vs. St. Louis Cardinals. Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2008-05-25.
- ↑ 1946 World Series Game 2 - Boston Red Sox vs. St. Louis Cardinals. Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2008-05-25.
- ↑ 1946 World Series Game 3 - St. Louis Cardinals vs. Boston Red Sox. Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2008-05-25.
- ↑ 1946 World Series Game 4 - St. Louis Cardinals vs. Boston Red Sox. Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2008-05-25.
- ↑ 1946 World Series Game 5 - St. Louis Cardinals vs. Boston Red Sox. Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2008-05-25.
- ↑ 1946 World Series Game 6 - Boston Red Sox vs. St. Louis Cardinals. Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2008-05-25.
- ↑ 1946 World Series Game 7 - Boston Red Sox vs. St. Louis Cardinals. Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2008-05-25.
- Neft, David S., and Richard M. Cohen. The World Series. 1st ed. New York: St Martins, 1990. (Neft and Cohen 208–212)
- Reichler, Joseph, ed. (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.), p. 2154. MacMillian Publishing. ISBN 0-02-579010-2.
- Forman, Sean L.. 1946 World Series. Baseball-Reference.com - Major League Statistics and Information.. Retrieved on 2007-12-09.