Woke up this morning to see the result of a college basketball game, an exhibition opener for both teams. It was a game between the University of Illinois and McKendree College of Lebanon Illinois. Illinois won 101-66. I mean that's kind of like Mizzou taking on Fontbonne.
It takes a bit of Chutzpah for a newspaper in a town in Indiana somewhere between Indianapolis and Cinncinati to use an entire column to slam the Cardinals, their fans and the city of St. Louis. But that's exactly what the Rushville Republican did. No one on that paper's staff wrote the column but they reprinted one writter by Jonathon Mahler of Bloomberg News.
If I had to guess, I'd guess the Rushville folks are probably Cinncinati fans.
For the past two days the story about the Red Sox never having lost a World Series home game since the 1980's got me wondering just how many World Series Boston has been in since the 1980's.
This year makes the 4th appearance for the Red Sox since 1986 including 2004, 2007 and 2013. I'd forgotten about the 2007 series in which they beat the Colorado Rockies 4-0. They lost the 86 series to the Mets in that horrific scene when Bill Buckner made that costly error at first base.
After last night's Cardinals' fiasco, here's a look at the crowd watching the 1912 World Series pitting Boston against the New York Giants. Boston won. The picture is a fascinating window into how the culture has changed in 100 years. Not only are most of the men wearing hats and suits, but I can only pinpoint one woman in attendance. There may have been more than one, but not many.
The games will be broadcast on Fox. Thank goodness. After a week of awful and boring TBS announcers we'll get to hear the much more enthusiastic voices of Buck and McCarver.
The Cardinals and Red Sox come into the series with identical season won loss records, 97-65, the first time since 1999 that two teams with the best league records have met in the WS.
Fenway Park's Green Monster left field wall is 37 feet tall. Fenway is the oldest stadium in MLB, opened in 1912. Wrigley Field is the second oldest, debuted in 1914.
The Cardinals began in 1882 as the St. Louis Brown Stockings, an American League team, but became the Cardinals in 1900. The Red Sox started as the Boston Americans in 1901 and changed to Red Sox in 1908.
Andy Banker of St. Louis' Fox 2 must have gone to the main city library and looked through old Globe Democrat archives to find an old front page having to do with the 1946 World Series. What he found almost takes my breath away. Not because the 1964 front page caught the Cardinals celebrating their series win over the Red Sox, but wow, the headline just below!
I was hoping the old Globe Democrat front pages may have been digitized into better images but the website information tells us that only a fraction of images are available electronically. That is why it looks like Banker took a picture of this front page while at the library. Glad he did. But I wonder who decided which archival images from the Globe were worth digitizing after finding this one. Heh.
And in case you're wondering after seeing Banker's picture, yes, the republicans did win the House majority in the 46 midterm election. After a democratically controlled congress for 14 years, voters expressed what many believed was a thumbs down referendum on Harry Truman and gave their votes to republicans.
Remember the World Series in 2004? The Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals in 4 straight games to win their first World Series Championship since 1918. But do you remember that they won the final game in Busch Stadium?
Here's a photo from that night taken by Eric Wilbur for Boston.com
Members of the Busch Stadium grounds crew bagged up dirt from the mound for members of the team and for Cooperstown. Hopefully this will not happen this year. Also, do you remember that the 2004 series was played in the old Busch? It was not until 2006 that the new stadium opened.
And, Remember pitcher Woody Williams? Very popular with local fans that year. Here's a photo from the 04 series with Williams on the mound flanked by Tony La Russa and of all people, current manager and then catcher, Mike Matheny.
Williams signed with the Padres after that season, then went to the Houston Astros in November of 06. He had a poor 2007 season and was released by Houston and then retired. He is in the record books for being only one of 13 pitchers to win a game against all 30 MLB teams.