If You Could Attend Any Game in Cardinals History, What Would It Be?

Last night I saw this intriguing tweet from Beyond the Box Score: if you could go back and attend any game in MLB history, which game would you choose?

1926_World_Series_Program_MagnifiedThought-provoking, right? Great way to spend some time pondering on a cold night. Cardinals games were the first that came to mind for me: of course Game Six of the 2011 World Series. Game Five of the 2011 NLDS. Game Six of the 2006 NLCS. Bob Gibson’s no-hitter in 1971, or his 17 strike-out performance in Game One of the 1968 World Series. The Cardinals pennant-winning game on the final day of the 1964 regular season, to cap their miraculous comeback. The doubleheader where Stan Musial hit five homers.

Then I realized my choice: Game Seven of the 1926 World Series. It was at Yankee Stadium. It was Rogers Hornsby, Billy Southworth and Grover Cleveland Alexander against Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. It was “Old Pete” Alexander coming in for a bases-loaded situation in a 3-2 game in the seventh inning the day after winning Game Six while, according to legend, still drunk and striking out Tony Lazzeri. It was Pete walking Ruth with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. It was Ruth attempting to steal second and being thrown out — to give the Cardinals their first World Series championship. (Can you imagine the reaction if today’s media and social media had been around then?)

Which leads to today’s question, which is a twist on the Beyond the Box Score’s tweet. If you could attend any game in Cardinals history, what would it be?

Share your choice below — and enjoy the chance to think about the rich Cardinals tradition and history as we inch ever closer to the 2014 season.

Cardinals Throwback Thursday: Rogers Hornsby And The 1926 World Series

According to the calendar, it is now officially spring — despite the fact the temperatures in the Midwest are stuck in winter mode and snow is forecast for this weekend.

RogersHornsby-featuredSo as time continues to crawl toward Opening Day at a frustratingly slow pace (especially with the Cardinals having another day off yesterday), that famous Rogers Hornsby quote comes to mind.

You know the one — you’ve seen it posted on Twitter and Facebook and elsewhere hundreds of times: “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.”

Plenty of staring still to do as we wait for real spring, right? You can pass the time looking at other quotes from Rajah — there’s an entire YouTube video of them, complete with music by Al Jolson — or you can see him and his Cardinals teammates take on Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and the Yankees in this tremendous video about the 1926 World Series.

The music, the announcer, the footage — all just terrific. My favorite line: “This is the game in which Ruth got three homers and the Cards got a headache.” Those Cards got the last laugh in the end.

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