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1934, Game 7: The Commissioner Makes a Substitution

1934, Game 7: The Commissioner Makes a Substitution

The Cardinals of the 1930s were a rough-edged crew that played hard and drank hard, and constantly pushed for an advantage, regardless of the score or situation.

One of their leading hitters was Joe Medwick, often called “Ducky” (a nickname he hated) for his waddling gait.  Teammate Leo Durocher described Medwick as  “the meanest, roughest guy you could imagine.”  Medwick batted .379 in the ’34 Series, helping the Cardinals rally from a 3-2 deficit to take the last two games in Detroit.  In the sixth inning of the final game, with the Cardinals up 7-0, Medwick tripled home Pepper Martin, and slid hard into third base, upending Tigers third baseman Marv Owen.  Owen stepped on Medwick’s foot (accidentally, he told the press later), Medwick took exception, and the two scuffled briefly before being separated.  As Medwick went out for the bottom of the sixth, the score now 9-0, Tigers fans took out their frustrations on the Cardinals’ left fielder, pelting him with fruit and vegetables and other garbage.  The riot went on for half an hour, until Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis ordered Medwick out of the game for his own protection.  The final score was 11-0.



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