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Cardinals postseason history
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1926: Cardinals def. Yankees in World Series, 4-3
The Cardinals reached the postseason for the first time in their 35th year in the National League, and rallied from a 3-2 series deficit to beat the New York Yankees in seven games. Grover Cleveland Alexander, who was picked up from the Cubs in a midseason trade, was the hero for St. Louis, winning Games 2 and 6 and coming on in relief in Game 7 and striking out Tony Lazzeri with the bases loaded in the seventh to save a 3-2 victory.

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1930: A's def. Cardinals in World Series, 4-2

1928: Yankees def. Cardinals in World Series, 4-0
The Cardinals were swept by the Yankees, who outscored St. Louis, 27-10. Babe Ruth hit .625 (10-for-16) and Lou Gehrig led the Yankees with four homers and nine RBIs. St. Louis hit .206 as a team, and Jim Bottomley was the only Cardinal to drive in more than one run.

The Cardinals lost the World Series in six games to the Philadelphia A's in a series dominated by pitching. St.Louis hit only .200, which was actually better than Philadelphia's .197. The Cardinals' two wins came on a 5-0 shutout by Bill Hallahan in Game 3 and a four-hitter by Jesse Haines in Game 4.

1931: Cardinals def. A's in World Series, 4-3
The Cardinals won their second World Series championship by beating the Athletics in seven games. On offense, Pepper Martin stole five bases and hit .500 (12-for-24), and his 12 hits tied a World Series record. Burleigh Grimes and Bill Hallahan won two games each.

1934: Cardinals def. Tigers in World Series, 4-3
The Gas House Gang won the NL pennant on the final day of the season and then beat Detroit in seven games in the World Series. Dizzy and Paul Dean, who combined for 49 wins during the regular season, each won two games. In an 11-0 victory in Game 7 at Detroit, Joe Medwick, who hit .379 in the Series, had to be removed from the game when Tigers fans pelted him with garbage.

1942: Cardinals def. Yankees in World Series, 4-1
The Cardinals edged out Brooklyn for the NL pennant by winning 43 of their final 51 games. After dropping the Series opener to the Yankees, the Cardinals roared back to win the next four games. Stan Musial's RBI single in the ninth won Game 2, 4-3, and Whitey Kurowski's two-run home run in the top of the ninth won the fifth and deciding game, 4-2.

1943: Yankees def. Cardinals in World Series, 4-1
The Yankees evened their World Series mark against St. Louis, 2-2, by defeating the Cardinals in five games. The Series took a turn against St. Louis in Game 3 when the Cardinals took a 2-1 lead into the eighth, but the Yankees rallied for five runs and won, 6-2. The Yankees won the next two games, 2-1 and 2-0, to clinch the Series.

1944: Cardinals def. Browns in World Series, 4-2
In the only all-St. Louis World Series, the Cardinals beat the Browns in six games with every game played at Sportsman's Park. The teams combined for 92 strikeouts (49-43 in favor of the Cardinals) -- a World Series record. The Cardinals won the last three games and held the Browns to two runs during the last 28 innings.

1946: Cardinals def. Red Sox in World Series, 4-3
The Cardinals rallied from a 3-2 series deficit to beat the Red Sox in seven games. Harry Brecheen won three games for St. Louis and had a 0.45 ERA. Enos Slaughter became part of Fall Classic lore with his "Mad Dash" in Game 7. In the eighth inning with the score tied 3-3, Slaughter scored from first on Harry Walker's single to left-center and St. Louis won, 4-3.

1964: Cardinals def. Yankees in World Series, 4-3
Down 11 games on Aug. 23, the Cardinals won the NL pennant on the last day of the season and then beat the Yankees in seven games in the World Series. Down 2-1 in the series and trailing 3-0 in the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium, Ken Boyer hit a grand slam to give the Cardinals a 4-3 victory. Bob Gibson won a pair of games, including the decisive Game 7. Tim McCarver hit .478 (11-for-23) and hit a game-winning homer in the 10th inning of Game 5.

1967: Cardinals def. Red Sox in World Series, 4-3
Bob Gibson pitched three complete-game victories as the Cardinals defeated the Red Sox in seven games. In 27 innings, Gibson struck out 26 and held the Red Sox to 14 hits. Lou Brock was the offensive star for St. Louis, hitting .414 (12-for-29) and setting a World Series record with seven stolen bases.

1968: Tigers def. Cardinals in World Series, 4-3
The Cardinals blew a 3-1 series lead against Detroit in a series marked by amazing pitching performances. In Game 1, Bob Gibson, who had a 1.12 ERA in the regular season, set a World Series record with 17 strikeouts in a game. Mickey Lolich started and won three complete games for Detroit while holding the Cardinals to five runs.

1982: Cardinals def. Brewers in World Series, 4-3
After sweeping the Braves in the NLCS, the Cardinals rallied from a 3-2 series deficit against the Milwaukee Brewers for their first world championship in 15 years. In Game 3, center fielder Willie McGee had one of the best performances in World Series history, hitting a pair of homers and taking two dingers away from Milwaukee with over-the-wall catches. Down 3-1 in the sixth inning of Game 7, the Cardinals rallied for a 6-3 win.

1985: Royals def. Cardinals in World Series, 4-3
Down 2-0 to the Dodgers in the NLCS, the Cardinals won the next four games, with Ozzie Smith hitting a walk-off homer in Game 5 for a 3-2 win and Jack Clark hitting a three-homer at Los Angeles in the ninth for a 7-5 victory in the clincher. In the World Series against the Royals, the Cardinals took a 1-0 lead in the ninth inning of Game 6, but a controversial call at first base by umpire Don Denkinger helped Kansas City rally for a 2-1 victory. The Royals easily won Game 7, 11-0.

1987: Twins def. Cardinals in World Series, 4-3
Facing elimination against the Giants in the NLCS, the Cardinals won Game 6, 1-0, with a strong start by John Tudor and beat San Francisco in Game 7, 6-0. In the World Series against the Twins, the Cardinals lost all four games at the Metrodome and won all three games at Busch Stadium. It was the first Series in which the home team won every game. The Cardinals were outscored 33-12 in Minnesota.

1996: Braves def. Cardinals in NLCS, 4-3
After sweeping the Padres in the Division Series, the Cardinals stormed to a 3-1 series lead against the Braves in the NLCS, capped by Brian Jordan's three-run, eighth-inning homer in a 4-3 victory in Game 4. However, the Braves won the next three games, outscoring the Cardinals 32-1. It was St. Louis' first loss in four NLCS appearances.

2000: Mets def. Cardinals in NLCS, 4-1
The Cardinals swept the Division Series for a third consecutive time, this time defeating the Braves. The Cardinals scored at least seven runs in all three games and held the Braves to a .189 average. In the NLCS against the Mets, the Cardinals lost the first two games at Busch Stadium and lost the series in five games.

2001: Diamondbacks def. Cardinals in NLDS, 3-2
The Cardinals beat Randy Johnson in Game 2, 2-1, after losing the opener. St. Louis once again knotted up the series with a 4-1 victory in Game 4 behind a steallar pitching performance from the trio of Bud Smith, Dustin Hermanson and Steve Kline. Arizona won Game 5, 3-2, on Tony Womack's RBI single in the ninth.

2002: Giants def. Cardinals in NLCS, 4-1
The Cardinals swept the Diamondbacks in the Division Series to avenge 2001's series loss. St. Louis lost the first two games of the NLCS at home before salvaging Game 3 in San Francisco, 5-4, behind homers by Jim Edmonds, Mike Matheny and Eli Marrero. The Giants wrapped up the series with a pair of one-run victories.

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