The Pittsburgh Press (September 29, 1942)
World champions aim for 7th title in 11 years
By Leo H. Petersen, United Press staff writer
En route to St. Louis –
The New York Yankees headed west today in quest of their seventh world championship in 11 years.
This time, they face the rags-to-riches Cardinals of St. Louis. They figure the trip will turn out to be a golden one if they can win one of the two games which will open the 1942 World Series at Sportsman’s Park Wednesday and Thursday.
The aristocrats of baseball were murder for American League teams at Yankee Stadium this season and are confident they will polish off the greatest stretch team in baseball history on their own grounds.
Manager Joe McCarthy was cautious, as usual, but the Yankee players were not as conservative. They can’t see the Series going beyond the three games which will be played at Yankee Stadium Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Yank staff rested
As usual, McCarthy refused to reveal his pitching selection for the opening game, but indications mounted that he might not call on Charles “Red” Ruffing, the Yankee reliable rated as the best spot pitcher in the game.
McCarthy held Ruffing, Ernie “Tiny” Bonham and Spurgeon Chandler in New York when the Yankees finished their season at Boston Sunday – a pretty good sign that they are the hurlers he will start in the first three days.
There was a strong belief that the Yankee skipper might select Chandler, the only hurler to lose last year in the Series against Brooklyn. Chandler, with a season’s record of 16 victories against five defeats, has the equipment to handle the St. Louis batting order.
McCarthy is sure Billy Southworth of the Cards will shoot with Mort Cooper in his drive to bring the Mound City its first world title since 1934. And he expects the Cardinals to be tough. McCarthy said:
We’re in fine shape and ready for them. You can count on the Yankees putting up a real battle.
Cards could use cash
If the two-day rest doesn’t cool off the Cardinals, the Yankees feel St. Louis will put up a real fight in this first shot for World Series dollars in eight years. The Cardinals, while not the lowest-paid club in the Majors, aren’t the highest either. They could use that extra $2,000 or so that makes the difference between the winning and losing end.
The Yankees, under McCarthy, never had to take the short end of the Series split. They don’t intend to this time as it may be the last of the big money classic because of the war. Although the United Service Organizations will be the chief beneficiary this year, the players will still share in the pool of the first four games. The Yankees expect the winning split to be about $6,000. The losing cut will probably be about $4,000.
The Yankees, who left New York at 8 p.m. last night, will arrive in St. Louis at 5 p.m. EWT. Because they are familiar with Sportsman’s Park, where the St. Louis Browns also pay their home games, McCarthy decided it wasn’t necessary for the Yankees to work out before the opening game.
Chicago, Illinois (UP) –
Chain store baseball continues today to pay handsome dividends.
You may not like some of the details of its operations, but you can’t deny its success.
The World Series starting tomorrow will match the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Yankees, two of the greater exponents of the idea. That, however, isn’t the only gauge of success for the plan during the 1942 season.
The Yanks’ two top major league teams, Kansas City (American Association) and Newark (International League), won the championships of their respective circuits. Sacramento, a Cardinal farm, won the Pacific Coast title and another St. Louis-operated outfit, Columbus, took the playoff crown in the Association and is playing Syracuse in the “Little World Series.”
What a steady year-after-year flow of talent up from the minors means to clubs like the Cards and the Yanks is best illustrated by the record.
Since 1925, the Cards have won six pennants, finished second five times and out of the first division three times.
The Yanks over the same stretch have won 10 pennants, finished second five times and been out of the first division just once.
That indicates how well the talent advancing from a farm team sustains the parent club, how it makes them either a pennant winner or has them up close in the race.