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All-Time Cardinal Team Tournament: Smith Finals

Posted on March 27, 2012 at 11:00 AM
Filed Under: St. Louis Cardinals | United Cardinal Bloggers
We've weeded out the chaff.  We've seen great teams go by the wayside.  It all comes down to this.

Sixteen teams started here in the Ozzie Smith Regional and now only two remain.  Unlike every other regional, one of them is not the number one seed.  So decide on your choice--polls stay open until Thursday night at 8 PM.  Be sure also to vote at Pitchers Hit Eighth, I70 Baseball, and Aaron Miles' Fastball!

(2) 1934 vs. (4) 1968

1934's Path To The Finals: defeated (15) 1999 27-0; defeated (7) 1949 16-4; defeated (3) 1946 12-7

1968's Path To The Finals: defeated (13) 1948 27-3; defeated (5) 1974 20-1; defeated (1) 2004 12-9

Game Notes: 1934 has the nickname and the World Series title.  1968 has a great story and an oh-so-close ending.

The case for 1934: It was a World Series winner, taking it from Detroit in seven games.  It was also the Gashouse Gang, with a cast of characters that may never again be equaled in St. Louis history.  Dizzy Dean won 30 games and his brother Paul won 19, with both of them winning two games apiece in the Series.  Anytime Leo Durocher isn't the most colorful character, you know you've got something.  Key members of the squad: Ripper Collins (6.1 WAR), Joe Medwick (3.2), Bill DeLancey (2.9).

The case for 1968: Well, they won the National League, so that has to count for something.  Though they lost to Detroit in seven game (a season and a series that was outlined in a recent book review here on the blog), St. Louis was considered the favorite and perhaps could have won the series if it weren't for Curt Flood's fateful slip.  You have Bob Gibson in his prime, Lou Brock stealing bases, and Orlando Cepeda giving us the phrase that became famous.  Key members of the squad: Gibson (11.9 WAR), Brock (5.1 WAR), Flood (4.0).




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