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More Toronto/St. Louis Title Notes (1942)

June 22, 2019

Yesterday, I cited the fact that the simultaneous St. Louis (Blues) and Toronto (Raptors) titles achieved last week, mark the fourth time those two cities won titles, in the same calendar year.

The previous three were won by the St. Louis Cardinals and Toronto Maple Leafs, within the same year (1942, 1964 and 1967), but certainly spread out more than the titles won on consecutive nights in 2019. (This is the third straight year the NHL and NBA crowns were dispensed on consecutive nights).

In 1942 both the Leafs and Cards won 4 straight games within a series, however, neither was in a four game sweep.

St. Louis took the defending world champion Yankees in 5 games, winning the last four. The great writer, Philip Roth, whom we lost last year (his books and work remain and are highly recommended), referenced the Cards’ Whitey Kurowski’s home run that broke a tie, Top 9, in the clinching game at Yankee Stadium, in his “warning” book “The Plot Against America.”

That World Series ended on October 5, 1942.

In the only final series in major North American sports league history in which a team won the last 4 games, after trailing 3 games to none, the Maple Leafs 7’d the Detroit Red Wings to win the 1942 Stanley Cup title.

Toronto trailed (1-0) entering the third period of #7 in Toronto on April 18, 1942, but got two third period goals from Sweeney Schriner and the go ahead to stay/Stanley Cup winning goal from Pete Langelle to win the game and title.


The Leafs’ Syl Apps Sr. with the Stanley Cup in 1942.

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