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More Notes On Teams That Won 3 Straight League Pennants

August 28, 2016

In a previous post regarding teams that won as many as three consecutive pennants, I cited the fact that the St. Louis Cardinals denied a great Philadelphia Athletics’ team a third straight title by beating them in the 1931 World Series.

Today a look at both a Cardinals and Athletics’ teams that won 3 straight pennants and enjoyed considerable World Series success thirty years apart.

The Cardinals won the National League Pennant in 3 straight seasons from (1942-1944). The Athletics then and now playing in Oakland, California after moving from both Philadelphia and Kansas City, duplicated the feat, thirty years later from (1972-1974).

Once I asked the great New York Yankees’ player and broadcaster, Phil Rizzuto about the World Series contested between the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals in 1942 and 1943.

Mr. Rizzuto talked of how Yankees’ manager Joe McCarthy said the Cards’ outfielders, especially Terry Moore in center field (John Fogerty’s great album and song is “Centerfield” one word), covered the ground, as though “they were on motorcycles.”

St. Louis won 3 straight pennants from (1942-1944) and after splitting World Series vs the Yankees in 1942 and 1943, defeated their city rivals, the St. Louis Browns, in the 1944 World Series.

It was the only time the St. Louis Browns, who moved to Baltimore and became known as the Orioles a decade later, were ever in World Series play.

There will be talk of the Orioles as three time Pennant winners in a future post, the next one will be about those A’s of the 1970’s.






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