The Unlikely World Series Matchup Between St. Louis And Detroit
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The Unlikely World Series Matchup Between St. Louis And Detroit

What started out as an impossibility in the 2011 Major League Baseball season is becoming more and more likely. A real possibility exists for the fourth ever World Series featuring the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers.

What seemed like an impossible match-up even weeks before the 2011 Major League Baseball season came to an end, is now looking like a real and magical possibility.

world series trophy major league baseball mlbThe St. Louis Cardinals squeaked into the National League playoffs then played giant killers in the first round, taking out the heavily favoured Philadelphia Phillies in five games. The Detroit Tigers took the same number of games to beat the New York Yankees in the first round of the American League playoffs. Both are now just four wins away from their fourth ever World Series match-up.

The St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers first met in the World Series in 1934. The Cards were led by Dizzy Dean and the Tigers had Hank Greenberg. The series was played at Navin Field in Detroit and Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis. Navin Field would later be renamed Tiger Stadium. The series went the distance but in the seventh game, it was simply no contest. The Cardinals, with Dizzy Dean pitching a six-hitter, beat the Tigers 11-0 in Detroit.

Over three decades later, the teams met again at the World Series. In 1968, the series once again went seven games and we once again saw the visiting team win. The featured players were Al Kaline for the Tigers and Bob Gibson for the Cardinals but it was Mickey Lolich of Detroit being awarded as the World Series MVP. The series was played at Tiger Stadium in Detroit and Busch Stadium in St. Louis. It was at Busch Stadium where the Tigers won game seven 4-1.

Just three years removed from a 43-119 season, the Detroit Tigers were awarded the wild-card position in 2006 with just an 83-78 record. This time, close to four decades had passed since the last meeting of the Cardinals and Tigers at the World Series. Detroit was playing out of the new Comerica Park and the Cardinals had just moved into the brand new version of Busch Stadium at the start of the season. Detroit fell to the Cardinals in five games and David Eckstein was named World Series MVP.

In total, the Cardinals have been to the World Series on sixteen occasions. On ten of those sixteen visits, the Cardinals have been crowned World Champions. Detroit has made their way to the finals ten times, winning just four. The Tigers most recently won the World Series in 1984 over the San Diego Padres. All that stands in their way in 2011 is the Milwaukee Brewers for St. Louis and the Texas Rangers for Detroit and, of course, each other.

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Comments (4)
Ranked #5 in Baseball

I was surprised when the Phillies lost. I didn't think they could lose with their pitching staff. As for Detroit, I never thought manager Jim Leyland would ever manage again, after the mess with the Colorado Rockies.

Ranked #1 in Baseball

As a Jays fan, it was nice to see the Carpenter / Halladay match-up

It's Cardinal fever here. I live about 40 miles from Busch Stadium and the St. Louis TV/radio stations and area newspapers are buzzing. I don't think I've ever seen a more cool, composed pitcher on the mound than Chris Carpenter in the decisive Game Five vs. the Phillies.

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... and to have Ryan Howard as the final at-bat! Hollywood couldn't have scripted that game any better.