1943 World Series

The 1943 World Series was the championship series in Major League Baseball for the 1943 season. The 40th edition of the World Series, it matched the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals against the New York Yankees, in a rematch of the 1942 Series. The Yankees won the Series in five games for their tenth championship in 21 seasons. It was Yankees manager Joe McCarthy's final Series win. This series was also the first to have an accompanying World Series highlight film (initially, the films were created as gifts to troops fighting in World War II, to give them a brief recap of baseball action back home), a tradition that persists.

1943 World Series
Team (Wins) Manager(s) Season
New York Yankees (4) Joe McCarthy 98–56, .636, GA: 13+12
St. Louis Cardinals (1) Billy Southworth 105–49, .682, GA: 18
DatesOctober 5–11
VenueYankee Stadium (New York)
Sportsman's Park (St. Louis)
UmpiresEddie Rommel (AL), Beans Reardon (NL), Joe Rue (AL), Bill Stewart (NL)
Hall of FamersYankees:
Joe McCarthy (mgr.)
Bill Dickey
Joe DiMaggio (mil.)
Joe Gordon
Phil Rizzuto (mil.)
Red Ruffing (mil.)
Billy Southworth (mgr.)
Enos Slaughter (mil.)
Stan Musial
Radio announcersRed Barber and Bob Elson
World Series

This World Series was scheduled for a 3–4 format because of wartime travel restrictions. The 3–4 format meant there was only one trip between ballparks, but if the Series had ended in a four-game sweep, there would have been three games played in one park and only one in the other.

Because of World War II, both teams' rosters were depleted. Johnny Beazley, Jimmy Brown, Creepy Crespi, Terry Moore and Enos Slaughter were no longer on the Cardinals' roster. Joe DiMaggio, Phil Rizzuto, Red Ruffing and Buddy Hassett were missing from the Yankees, and Red Rolfe had retired to coach at Dartmouth College.

Cardinals pitchers Howie Pollet, Max Lanier and Mort Cooper ranked 1–2–3 in the National League in ERA in 1943 at 1.75, 1.90 and 2.30, respectively.


AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL St. Louis Cardinals (1)

1October 5St. Louis Cardinals – 2, New York Yankees – 4Yankee Stadium2:0768,676[1] 
2October 6St. Louis Cardinals – 4, New York Yankees – 3Yankee Stadium2:0868,578[2] 
3October 7St. Louis Cardinals – 2, New York Yankees – 6Yankee Stadium2:1069,990[3] 
4October 10New York Yankees – 2, St. Louis Cardinals – 1Sportsman's Park2:0636,196[4] 
5October 11New York Yankees – 2, St. Louis Cardinals – 0Sportsman's Park2:2433,872[5]


Game 1

Tuesday, October 5, 1943 1:30 pm (ET) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York
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WP: Spud Chandler (1–0)   LP: Max Lanier (0–1)
Home runs:
STL: None
NYY: Joe Gordon (1)

In Game 1, the Cardinals went up 1–0 in the second against Spud Chandler on Marty Marion's RBI double with two on. In the fourth inning, with runners on first and third and no outs off Max Lanier, Charlie Keller's double-play tied the game, then Joe Gordon's home run put the Yankees up 2–1. The Cardinals tied the game in the fifth inning when Ray Sanders hit a leadoff single, moved to second on an error and scored on Lanier's single. In the sixth inning, after two leadoff singles, a one-out wild pitch by Lanier put the Yankees up 3–2, then Bill Dickey added an insurance run with an RBI single. Chandler pitched a complete game to give the Yankees a 1–0 series lead.

Game 2

Wednesday, October 6, 1943 1:30 pm (ET) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York
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WP: Mort Cooper (1–0)   LP: Tiny Bonham (0–1)
Home runs:
STL: Marty Marion (1), Ray Sanders (1)
NYY: None

The Cardinals' only victory came the same day as the death of Mort and Walker Cooper's father, Robert. Marty Marion's leadoff home run in the third off Tiny Bonham put the Cardinals up 1–0. In the fourth, Stan Musial hit a leadoff single, moved to second on a groundout and scored on Whitey Kurowski's RBI single. Ray Sanders's two-run home run then made it 4–0 Cardinals. In the bottom of the inning, Charlie Keller's sacrifice fly with two on off Mort Cooper put the Yankees on the board. In the ninth, Billy Johnson hit a leadoff double, then scored on Cooper's triple. After a line-out, Nick Etten's RBI groundout cut the Cardinals' lead to one, but Cooper got Joe Gordon to pop out in foul territory to end the game and tie the series 1–1.

Game 3

Billy Johnson
Thursday, October 7, 1943 1:30 pm (ET) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York
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WP: Hank Borowy (1–0)   LP: Al Brazle (0–1)   Sv: Johnny Murphy (1)

The Cardinals loaded the bases in the fourth on a single, double and intentional walk off Hank Borowy before Danny Litwhiler drove in two with a single to left, but Borowy allowed no other runs in eight innings. In the sixth, Borowy hit a leadoff double off Al Brazle, moved to third on a sacrifice fly, and scored on an error on Billy Johnson's groundball. In the eighth, the Yankees loaded the bases on a single, fielder's choice and intentional walk before Johnson cleared them with a triple, putting the Yankees up 4–2. They added to their lead on RBI singles by Joe Gordon off Howie Krist and Nick Etten off Harry Brecheen. Johnny Murphy pitched a perfect ninth as the Yankees went up 2–1 in the series.

Game 4

Sunday, October 10, 1943 1:30 pm (CT) at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, Missouri
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WP: Marius Russo (1–0)   LP: Harry Brecheen (0–1)

In Game 4, the Yankees struck first when Joe Gordon doubled with two outs in the fourth off Max Lanier and scored on Bill Dickey's single. In the seventh, Marius Russo got two outs, then allowed the Cardinals to load the bases on an error, double and intentional walk before another error on Frank Demaree's groundball tied the game. In the eighth, Russo hit a leadoff double off Harry Brecheen, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Frankie Crosetti's sacrifice fly. Russo pitched a complete game to leave the Yankees one win away from the championship.

Game 5

Monday, October 11, 1943 1:30 pm (CT) at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, Missouri
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WP: Spud Chandler (2–0)   LP: Mort Cooper (1–1)
Home runs:
NYY: Bill Dickey (1)
STL: None

Murry Dickson, who helped close the door for the Cardinals by allowing no hits while on the mound, was on a ten-day pass from the United States Army. Spud Chandler won his second complete game of the series, shutting out the Cardinals despite giving up 10 hits and two walks. Bill Dickey provided the game's only runs on a home run in the sixth after a two-out walk off Mort Cooper.

Composite box

1943 World Series (4–1): New York Yankees (A.L.) over St. Louis Cardinals (N.L.)

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Total attendance: 277,312   Average attendance: 55,462
Winning player's share: $6,139   Losing player's share: $4,322[6]


See also

  • 1943 Negro World Series


  • Cohen, Richard M.; Neft, David S. (1990). The World Series: Complete Play-By-Play of Every Game, 1903–1989. New York: St. Martin's Press. pp. 192–195. ISBN 0-312-03960-3.
  • Reichler, Joseph (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.). Macmillan Publishing. p. 2151. ISBN 0-02-579010-2.
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