1946 World Series
Team / Wins Manager Season
St. Louis Cardinals (4) Eddie Dyer 98–58, .628, GA: 2
Boston Red Sox (3) Joe Cronin 104–50, .675, GA: 12
Dates: October 6October 15
Radio network: Mutual
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
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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.


NL St. Louis Cardinals (4) vs. AL Boston Red Sox (3)

1Boston Red Sox – 3, St. Louis Cardinals – 2 (10 innings)October 6Sportsman's Park (III)36,218[1]
2Boston Red Sox – 0, St. Louis Cardinals – 3October 7Sportsman's Park (III)35,815[2]
3St. Louis Cardinals – 0, Boston Red Sox – 4October 9Fenway Park34,500[3]
4St. Louis Cardinals – 12, Boston Red Sox – 3October 10Fenway Park35,645[4]
5St. Louis Cardinals – 3, Boston Red Sox – 6October 11Fenway Park35,982[5]
6Boston Red Sox – 1, St. Louis Cardinals – 4October 13Sportsman's Park (III)35,768[6]
7Boston Red Sox – 3, St. Louis Cardinals – 4October 15Sportsman's Park (III)36,143[7]


Game 1Edit

Sunday, October 6, 1946 at Sportsman's Park (III) in St. Louis, Missouri

Team 12345678910RHE
Boston 0100000011 3 92
St. Louis 0000010100 2 70
WP: Earl Johnson (1–0)  LP: Howie Pollet (0–1)  
HRs:  BOS – Rudy York (1)

Game 2Edit

Monday, October 7, 1946 at Sportsman's Park (III) in St. Louis, Missouri

Team 123456789RHE
Boston 000000000 0 41
St. Louis 00102000X 3 60
WP: Harry Brecheen (1–0)  LP: Mickey Harris (0–1)  

Game 3Edit

Wednesday, October 9, 1946 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts

Team 123456789RHE
St. Louis 000000000 0 61
Boston 30000001X 4 80
WP: Dave Ferriss (1–0)  LP: Murry Dickson (0–1)  
HRs:  BOS – Rudy York (2)

Game 4Edit

Thursday, October 10, 1946 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts

Team 123456789RHE
St. Louis 033010104 12 201
Boston 000100020 3 94
WP: Red Munger (1–0)  LP: Tex Hughson (0–1)  
HRs:  STL – Enos Slaughter (1)  BOS – Bobby Doerr (1)

This is the only game in World Series history that three players on the same team (St. Louis) had four or more hits (Enos Slaughter, Whitey Kurowski and Joe Garagiola had four each).

Game 5Edit

Friday, October 11, 1946 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts

Team 123456789RHE
St. Louis 010000002 3 41
Boston 11000130X 6 113
WP: Joe Dobson (1–0)  LP: Al Brazle (0–1)  
HRs:  BOS – Leon Culberson (1)

Game 6Edit

Sunday, October 13, 1946 at Sportsman's Park (III) in St. Louis, Missouri

Team 123456789RHE
Boston 000000100 1 70
St. Louis 00300001X 4 80
WP: Harry Brecheen (2–0)  LP: Mickey Harris (0–2)  

Game 7Edit

Tuesday, October 15, 1946 at Sportsman's Park (III) in St. Louis, Missouri

Team 123456789RHE
Boston 100000020 3 80
St. Louis 01002001X 4 91
WP: Harry Brecheen (3–0)  LP: Bob Klinger (0–1)  

Composite boxEdit

1946 World Series (4–3): St. Louis Cardinals (N.L.) over Boston Red Sox (A.L.)

Team 12345678910RHE
St. Louis Cardinals 0570511360 28 604
Boston Red Sox 5201014511 20 5610

<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[8]</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.

Series quotesEdit

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.

Mel Allen's broadcast of Slaughter's Mad Dash.

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.



  • 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. - Major League Statistics and Information.. Retrieved on 2007-12-09.

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