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1942 World Series Begins

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1942 World Series Game 1 Program

On this day 70 years ago, the first game of the 1942 World Series got underway with the defending champion New York Yankees outlasting the St. Louis Cardinals in front of an audience of 34,769 at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, Missouri, winning by a score of 7-4. Coming into the series, with an array of future Hall Of Famers on its roster including the great Joe DiMaggio, the ’42 Bronx Bombers had every reason to be confident: it had been 16 years (1926) since their last Series defeat and, in the interim, the Yankees had chalked-up an unprecedented eight Series championships. The first game featured a pitching gem as Yankees starter Red Ruffing took a no-hitter into the bottom of the eighth inning. However, the Redbirds squad, featuring talent by the likes of Enos Slaughter and Stan ‘The Man’ Musial, came storming back, winning the next four games and capturing the 1942 World Series championship; the Cardinals’ first since 1934.


Post by Collin Makamson, Red Ball Express Coordinator at The National WWII Museum

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