Friday, April 15, 2022

April 15, 1942: Gumbert and The Boys Get Win #1

     On April 15, 1942, behind a four-hit complete game effort by Harry Gumbert, the Cardinals won their first game of the season, beating the Cubs 4-2 at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. Win number one of 1942 would mark the first of a 106 win season, which stands as the most wins by a Cardinals team in franchise history. 

    Gumbert found himself trailing early after an error led to a run in the second, then he gave up another run in the fourth when Cubs starting pitcher Jake Mooty knocked a runner home with a single. While it may have been a bumpy start for the Cardinals righty, it smoothed out nicely. Not one more batter reached base after Mooty, with Gumbert retiring the next 16 batters to help lead the Cardinals to victory.

    Down 2-0, Gumbert needed run support and it was on the way as the Cardinals tied the ballgame 2-2 in the fourth. The game-tying rally began with a Terry Moore triple, followed by a walk to Enos Slaughter. Mooty picked up two outs before Gus Mancuso and Marty Marion picked up back-to-back RBI singles to knot it up. 

    The Cardinals then took the lead in the sixth with Mooty still on the bump for the Baby Bears. The hurler gave up a one out single to Ray Sanders who scored on a double by Jimmy Brown. The Cards were up 3-2. Moments later, Marion got his second RBI of the day with a single to score Brown to make it 4-2. With Gumbert locked in, the Cubs came to the plate and went back to the bench 1-2-3 time and time again as the Cardinals coasted to victory. 

    The team that was destined to win 106 games total was also destined to win a World Championship during that season. There were players on that roster whose names are known by each and every Cardinals fan; there were others many may not know. While they may not have their number on the stadium wall or their name in Cooperstown, they were still pieces to a puzzle

    Harry Gumbert was a piece to the 1942 Championship winning Cardinals puzzle.  He went 9-5 for the team that season and recorded 5 saves. He made just two appearance in the World Series. However, once the final out was recorded I'm sure he stormed the field alongside his teammates who had brought yet another title to St. Louis.  

Check out the box score here:

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