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Best of Seasons: The 1944 St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Browns Paperback – December 1, 1994

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  • Paperback: 331 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company (December 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899509746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899509747
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,156,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Despite having to rely on reserve players and call-ups due to World War II, both St. Louis teams won pennants and met in the World Series. This nostalgic account of a magic season is recommended for public libraries in the St. Louis area.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Bill Borst, self-appointed historian of the St. Louis Browns, has contributed a fine little history of that team's only pennant-winning season and the World Series that it played against its city rival; the St. Louis Cardinals. The 1944 World Series captured the hearts of many, for it represented a wonderful "Cinderella Story" for the Browns. While the Cardinal win was expected--the team won 105 games in that year--the Browns surprised everyone by taking the American League pennant when it won a mere 85 games.

The Browns had been so woeful since the late 1920s that many of the Browns' fans considered it a badge of honor--even a statement of machismo--to root for the hapless team. They took pride in the generally apt descriptor, "First in shoes, first in booze, and last in the American League." In reality, the Browns rebuilt into a decent team during this period, posting three winning seasons in the war years 1942-1945. They finished a distant third in the American League in 1942, but finally won the big one in 1944, capturing their only St. Louis pennant.

But the Browns survived that tough pennant race only to win the honor of serving as a sacrificial lamb for a truly outstanding Cardinal team. The Cards were so overwhelmingly favored in the World Series that it is doubtful that any serious people wagered against them. Cardinals shortstop Marty Marion, reflecting on the seemingly inevitable defeat of the Browns in the series, opined, "If the Browns had beat us, that would have really been a disgrace."

This series represented the only World Series involving Missouri teams to take place in the same city. Common in New York, especially between the Yankees and the Giants, a streetcar series was virtually unheard of elsewhere in the country.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Sullivan on July 27, 2000
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No, not the Cleveland Browns of the NFL, but the St. Louis Browns. With the Cardinals still playing ball in St. Louis, the storied if sometimes depressing history of the Browns is so often forgotten. In this title we get a glimpse of the 1944 season, when two neighboring teams that did not play in New York faced off for Baseball's ultimate prize. Of course, World War II had created manpower shortages among the better teams that allowed the lowly Browns to win their first and last pennant, but that is immaterial. Those who were unfortunate enough to call themselves Browns' fans got one season to remember before their team left for greener pastures in Baltimore, MD. If you can get a hold of this title, you can marvel at the Midwestern version of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
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