The All-St. Louis World Series of 1944
The St. Louis Browns clinched the American League
Pennant on the final day of the season (over the
Detroit Tigers) and created the first and only
all-St. Louis World Series. It would be the first
time that all of the games of the Series would
be played in the same park (Sportman's Park) since
1922 when the Yankee and Giants played at the
Polo Grounds (Yankee Stadium wasn't finished until
1923). In spite of having a much stronger tradition
of success, the Browns were favored by the St.
Louis fans because of their status as major underdogs.
Imagine being a kid living in St. Louis during
the summer and fall of 1944: the Second World
War had turned decidedly in the favor of the Allies,
things were looking up in America and, to top
it all off, a World Series was taking place with
both of your hometown teams! The Cardinals ended
up winning four games to two.