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1942 World Series Game 2 Notes Continued

May 13, 2020

Near the end of his long broadcasting career, which was almost entirely with the New York Mets (I had not known, he was part of the Chicago White Sox broadcasting contingent for one season), the great home run hitter, Ralph Kiner was seated at the same table as me, in the press room.

He, of course, was the center of attention and someone asked, against which pitcher did he get his first major league hit? The game was Ralph’s Pittsburgh Pirates vs the St. Louis Cardinals in 1946.

Ralph could not think of the “St. Loo” pitcher and I took an educated guess that is was (John) Beazley. I felt very good, when Ralph remembered it was Beazley.

John Beazley won the 2nd game of the ’42 World Series, with a big assist from Enos “Country” Slaughter.

Adding to yesterday’s post regarding that game which turned the ’42 World Series toward and inevitably for the Cardinals vs the Yankees,  Mr. Slaughter had a “literal assist,” throwing out pinch runner George “Tuck” Stainback, who tried for third with none out T9, on John  “Buddy” Hassett’s single to right.

As cited yesterday, Slaughter doubled with 2 outs in the bottom of the eighth, and scored the game’s last and decisive run on Stan Musial’s single.



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