MLB Productions has posted a number of four-to-five minute video clips of the final games of a number of St. Louis Cardinals World Series victories. They include 1944, 1946, 1964, 1967 and 1982. The final clip is a preview of the not-yet-released official 2011 World Series film from MLB Productions, just to whet our appetites.
Following these clips, I have provided descriptions and links for a number of Cardinals-related holiday shopping ideas.
The final game of the 1944 World Series, the Cardinals’ championship number five, includes the clubhouse celebration:
The 1946 Game 7 vs. the Boston Red Sox includes Enos Slaughter’s “mad dash” to score the winning run:
Recalling Game 7 of the 1964 World Series, as narrated by Harry Caray:
In the 1967 World Series Game 7 vs. the Red Sox, just as in 1964, Bob Gibson was on the mound:
The Cardinals 1982 Game 7 World Series finish against Milwaukee:
The preview of the official 2011 World Series film:
Updates: Here is a clip of the 1926 Series:
This is from the 1931 Series with the Athletics taking on the Cardinals:
And here is an extended piece on the 1934 World Champs:
1942 World Series (no sound): First game: Red Ruffing of Yankees hits to right field where Slaughter muffs ball allowing two key runs to score in Yankee win. Third game: Slaughter’s single scores Jimmy Brown as Cardinals win 2-0 to take series lead. Fourth game: Priddy doubles scoring Gordon and Yankees have tied score. Seventh inning: Cooper singles to score Slaughter and Cardinals are never ahead again. Final game: played in fog and mist, Walker Cooper singles to open ninth inning. Sacrifice moves Cooper to second. Kurowski homers for two runs. Jubilant Cardinals after retiring Yankees for series victory. Scoreboard. Kurowski, Slaughter and Beazley in dressing room. Joe McCarthy, Yankee Manager, congratulates Billy Southworth, Cardinal skipper.
1943 World Series (no sound): Game One: Judge Landis in front of B.B.C. mike, players warming up before game, Yankee team poses, Cardinals pose, crowd, Max Lanier of Cards. Throws wild pitch enabling Yanks to score key run in first game victory. Game two: Cooper Brothers, Ernie Bonham on mound for Yankees pitches to Ray Sanders who hits homerun to score George Kurowski ahead of him, crowd. Game three: Billy Johnson of the Yankees hits base clearing triple off Alpha Brazle. Game four: Sportsman Park, crowd on roof, men on ladder, plane overhead, crowd, press, Joe Demaree pinch hits and reaches first on error as Sanders scores only Cardinal run, men pick up pop bottles as excited fans briefly halt game, Crosetti of Yankees hits long fly and Marius Russo scores winning run. Game five: Cameraman, Spud Chandler of Yankees’ on mound, crowd, Bill Dickey at plate, Mort Cooper pitching, Dickey hits home run to score Charlie Keller ahead of him, crowd on field, players in dressing room, back slapping, players hold up Judge Landis, Joe McCarthy rubs Dickey and Chandler, players cheering.
More highlights from the 1944 Series between the Cardinals and Browns: Second game: Ken O’Dea of Cardinals grips bat as he comes to plate in 11th inning, O’Dea singles to score Ray Sanders and win game for Cards. 3-2. Third game: Crowd, McQuinn of Browns singles scoring Gene Moore, crowd cheering, Ted Wilks pitching for Cards. Mark Christman of Browns singles to score McQuinn as Browns go on to win 6-2 and take 2-1 series lead. Sixth game: view of interior of Sportsman’s Park, Cards. Run out of dugout, Chet Laabs triples for Browns. Max Lanier pitches for Cardinals, George McQuinn singles Laabs home for 1-0 Brown lead in second inning, crowd, Fourth inning. Whitey Kurowski of Cardinals hits to Vern Stephens of Browns who throws wide to Don Gutteridge pulling him off second base as Kurowski and Sanders who was going from first to second are both safe and Cooper scoring from third on play to tie score at 1-1. Nelson Potter pitching for Browns, Emil Verban of Cards. Singles knocking in Kurowski to make score 3-1. Potter goes to showers, crowd, Chartak of Browns strikes out to end series. Cardinals mob pitcher Wilks, crowd, Cards. In dressing room, Max Lanier, Manager Southworth and Ted Wilks, Cardinal players hoist Southworth to their shoulders.
To celebrate the launch of the official 2011 film, Major League Baseball, the Cardinals and Budweiser are hosting a red-carpet premiere screening on Tuesday, November 22 at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis. Tickets starting at $15 are now available at WorldSeries.com.
You can get your copy in one of the following two ways.
A&E Home Video St. Louis Cardinals 2011 World Series Champions Highlight Film 2 Pack is available to order via MLB.com for $26.99 or $31.99 in Blu-Ray. In addition, the site has a 25% off promotion on this and the following set running through November 21. Amazon has them at $14.99/$15.99. They are due to be released the next day, November 22, but pre-orders are being taken now.
A&E Home Video St. Louis Cardinals 2011 World Series Champions Collectors Edition DVD Set is an eight-disc set of all seven complete games plus the bonus DVD. It is also now orderable from MLB.com with a December 6 availability date. The price is $71.99. This set is $50.99 at Amazon.
Given their future release dates, I haven’t yet seen either of these two 2011 collections. With the assistance of the United Cardinal Bloggers, I hope to review them very soon. Then again, why wait to buy? You know the videos end well, right?
As you are thinking about holiday gifts (and who isn’t or shouldn’t be?), here are a few other DVD sets that I own and recommend. (Note: Examples are offered where you can find these items, but this is not an endorsement of any source. Prices and availability may change and shipping could be extra.)
Ken Burns’ Baseball – I watch this documentary almost every off-season. Its price is down to $69.99 for ten discs at Shop PBS and $50.99 at Amazon. Via PBS, you can also add on a hard- or soft-cover book and an audio CD for an additional price.
Greatest Games of Busch Stadium: 1966-2005 – Six classic home games from 1968 through 2004. $34.49 at Amazon.com.
2006 World Series Collector’s Edition – NLCS Games 5 and 7, all five World Series games and a bonus disc. $27.99 at Amazon.
1942, 1943 and 1946 World Series Highlights – Collection of the black-and-white newsreels assembled for overseas servicemen and women. One of my favorites. Only $9.99 at Amazon.
1964, 1966 and 1967 World Series Highlights – $13.99 at Amazon.
1982, 1985 and 1987 World Series Highlights – Also just $13.99 at Amazon.
Then of course, there is the new Rob Rains book, Wild Cards, which highlights the 2011 World Series champs. It is already in its second printing and is a nice, very reasonably-priced gift at just $14.95.