10/15/2004: Great days in baseball history:
Today is the 58th anniversary of "the mad dash home". In the 8th inning of the seventh game of the 1946 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals, Cardinal outfielder Enos "Country" Slaughter was at first base when Harry Walker doubled. Slaughter put the accelerator all the way to the floor, sprinting from first to home to score what turned out to be the winning run as the Cardinals take the Series from Red Sox, 4 games to 3. This was to be, alas, the last World Championship won by the great Cardinal dynasty of the 1940's (the period acknowledged by baseball analyst Bill James as the best decade of Cardinals history in his The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract), the decade in which the Cardinals won 4 NL pennants and 3 World Series trophies (the Cardinals wouldn't enter the Series again until 1964).
Len on 10.15.04 @ 07:37 AM CST