1946 October

1st In the first ever NL playoff before 26,012 at Sportsman’s Park Field the Dodgers manage just 3 hits off Howie Pollet and lose 4–2. Joe Garagiola’s 3 hits pace the Cardinals as they beat Ralph Branca.

While waiting for the NL playoff to be completed, the Red Sox tune up by playing a team of AL All Stars. In the 5th, Senator P Mickey Haefner accidentally hits Ted Williams on the right elbow with a pitch. The injury will affect Williams’ play in the WS.

Johnny Neun is named the Reds manager for next year.

3rd The St. Louis Cardinals wallop the Brooklyn Dodgers 8–4 at Ebbets Field to win the NL playoffs 2-0 and advance to the WS. Erv Dusak and Enos Slaughter lead the attack, while winning pitcher Murry Dickson adds a triple. Dickson allows just two hits till the last inning, before the Dodgers score three runs off him. Harry Brecheen strikes out two batters with the bases full to end it. Joe Hatten is the loser.

6th The WS opens with a Red Sox 3–2 win as Rudy York hits a 10th-inning HR off Howie Pollet. The Sox tie the game in the 9th when an easy grounder to Marty Marion takes a freak bounce and goes through his legs.

7th Harry Brecheen gives up only 4 singles in shutting out the Red Sox 3–0. He also drives in the first run of the game.

9th Boo Ferriss records the 50th shutout in WS history. He holds the opposition to only 6 hits, as the Boston Red Sox blank the visiting St. Louis Cardinals, 4–0. Rudy York’s 3-run HR in the first is the big blow. Cheering the Sox on is Ms. Calvin Coolidge, a big American League fan since her days in the White House. Getting more attention, however, is Rita Hayworth, sitting behind the former first lady.

A team of NL All-stars win in Havana, 3-2, against the Cuban National All-stars. The Major leaguers include Buddy Kerr and Sid Gordon of the Giants, and Ralph Branca and Eddie Stanky of the Dodgers.

10th Enos Slaughter, Whitey Kurowski, and Joe Garagiola each have 4 hits, and Al Brazle pitches a 12–3 complete game win. The Cards tie a WS record by racking up 20 hits.

11th The Red Sox take the Series lead with a 6–3 win, as Joe Dobson fans 8 in a complete game win. All 3 runs off of Dobson are unearned.

The Yankees send veteran Joe Gordon and Ed Bockman to Cleveland for 32-year-old pitcher Allie Reynolds (11–15). Columnist Dan Daniels will later report that Larry MacPhail and Bucky Harris initially wanted Red Embree, but DiMaggio advised them to take Reynolds. The Chief will be a mainstay of the Yankees championship teams while Gordon will finish out the 1940s with three good years. The Yanks will put Embree in pinstripes in a year.

13th Back in St. Louis, Harry Brecheen ties the Series again with a 4–1 win, stopping the Red Sox on 7 hits.

15th Enos Slaughter sprints all the way from 1B and slides into home with the winning run in the 8th inning on Harry Walker’s double, as the Cardinals edge the Boston Red Sox 4–3, giving St. Louis the WS 4 games to 3. Harry Brecheen wins 3 games, this one in relief, for the Cardinals, including Games 6 and 7, the only pitcher ever to win those. Brecheen ends his WS appearances (1943, 1943 and 1946) with a combined ERA of .083, the lowest ERA this century for a pitcher with 30 innings of work (32.2 IP). Billed as the duel between the 2 best hitters in baseball, the Series sees Stan Musial go 6-for-27 and Ted Williams 5-for-25. With the Series held in two small ballparks and the broadcast fees now aimed at a player pension fund, the Cardinal share of $3,748 and the Red Sox portion of $2,140 is the smallest Series payoff since 1918.

26th Columnist Westbrook Pegler writes a critical piece about the off-field relationship between Dodger manager Leo Durocher, actor George Raft and well-known gamblers. This is the first of a number of articles that will lead up to the suspension of Durocher for the 1947 season.