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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
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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.

Summary[]

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

Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Philadelphia Athletics – 6, St. Louis Cardinals – 2 October 1 Sportsman's Park (III) 38,529[1]
2 Philadelphia Athletics – 0, St. Louis Cardinals – 2 October 2 Sportsman's Park (III) 35,947[2]
3 St. Louis Cardinals – 5, Philadelphia Athletics – 2 October 5 Shibe Park 32,295[3]
4 St. Louis Cardinals – 0, Philadelphia Athletics – 3 October 6 Shibe Park 32,295[4]
5 St. Louis Cardinals – 5, Philadelphia Athletics – 1 October 7 Shibe Park 32,295[5]
6 Philadelphia Athletics – 8, St. Louis Cardinals – 1 October 9 Sportsman's Park (III) 39,401[6]
7 Philadelphia Athletics – 2, St. Louis Cardinals – 4 October 10 Sportsman's Park (III) 20,805[7]

Matchups[]

Game 1[]

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

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 0 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 6 11 0
St. Louis 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 12 0

WP: Lefty Grove (1–0)  LP: Paul Derringer (0–1)  
HRs:  PHA – Al Simmons (1)

Game 2[]

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

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
St. Louis 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 X 2 6 1

WP: Bill Hallahan (1–0)  LP: George Earnshaw (0–1)  

Game 3[]

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

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 5 12 0
Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 0

WP: Burleigh Grimes (1–0)  LP: Lefty Grove (1–1)  
HRs:  PHA – Al Simmons (2)

Game 4[]

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

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Philadelphia 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 X 3 10 0

WP: George Earnshaw (1–1)  LP: Syl Johnson (0–1)  
HRs:  PHA – Jimmie Foxx (1)

Game 5[]

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

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 5 12 0
Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 9 0

WP: Bill Hallahan (2–0)  LP: Waite Hoyt (0–1)  
HRs:  STL – Pepper Martin (1)

Game 6[]

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

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 4 0 4 0 0 8 8 1
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 2

WP: Lefty Grove (2–1)  LP: Paul Derringer (0–2)  

Game 7[]

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

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 7 1
St. Louis 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 X 4 5 0

WP: Burleigh Grimes (2–0)  LP: George Earnshaw (1–2)  SV: Bill Hallahan (1)  
HRs:  STL – George Watkins (1)

Composite box[]

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

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis Cardinals 5 3 2 2 0 3 1 1 2 19 54 4
Philadelphia Athletics 1 0 4 0 4 2 7 0 4 22 50 2
Total attendance: 231,567   Average attendance: 33,081
Winning player’s share: $4,468   Losing player’s share: $3,023[8]


Notes[]

References[]

  • 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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