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Seeking to win their second consecutive National League pennant, the Brooklyn Dodgers finished the 1942 season with a record of 104-50.  Unfortunately for Brooklyn, the St. Louis Cardinals posted a record of 106-48 that enabled them to edge out the Dodgers for the league championship by two games.   

The Dodgers may well have captured the N.L. flag had star centerfielder Pete Reiser not fractured his skull running into an outfield fence in early July.  Brooklyn stood atop the N.L. standings at that juncture, 13 ½ games ahead of St. Louis.  But, with the league’s leading hitter out of the Dodger lineup for the next few weeks, the Cardinals began to whittle away the Dodger lead.  Still, Brooklyn continued to maintain a comfortable 10 ½ game lead by mid-August.  Only an extraordinary 43-8 run by the Cardinals enabled them to catch, and finally surpass, an extremely strong Brooklyn team.
 
The 1942 Cardinals represented the finest hour for Branch Rickey, who served as the architect of the modern farm system.  Players who came up through the St. Louis farm system littered the Cardinals’ roster.  Rookie outfielder Stan Musial, shortstop Marty Marion, catcher Walker Cooper, and outfielders Terry Moore and Enos Slaughter all made major contributions to the Cardinals’ league-leading offense.  Musial batted .315 and scored 87 runs.  Marion batted .276 and led the league with 38 doubles.  Cooper batted .281 and drove in 65 runs.  Moore batted .288 and finished third on the club with 80 runs scored.  Slaughter paced the St. Louis attack.  Although the right-fielder hit only 13 home runs, he placed among the league leaders with 98 runs batted in and 100 runs scored.  Slaughter also topped the circuit with a .318 batting average, 17 triples, and 188 hits, en route to earning a second-place finish in the league MVP voting.

The man who won the award was pitcher Mort Cooper, who anchored a Cardinals staff that surrendered a league-low 480 runs to the opposition over the course of the season.  Cooper had the finest year of his career, compiling a record of 22-7 and leading the league with a superb 1.78 ERA and 10 shutouts.  He also placed among the leaders with 152 strikeouts, 278 innings pitched, and 22 complete games.  Rookie Johnny Beazley provided a considerable amount of support to Cooper in the Cardinals’ starting rotation, finishing second in the league to his teammate with 21 wins and a 2.13 ERA.

Beazley continued to excel during the postseason, defeating the Yankees twice in the World Series while compiling a 2.50 ERA.  After losing Game One to New York, the Cardinals won the next four contests, taking the Series in five games.  St. Louis turned in a staff ERA of 2.60, to New York’s mark of 4.50.

Other outstanding performers, notable events, and points of interest from around the league follow:

• By defeating New York in five games, the Cardinals handed the Yankees their first World Series loss since 1926.  

• Brooklyn’s 104 wins tied the major league record for most victories by a team that failed to win the pennant.

• Mel Ott’s 30 home runs brought him his last National League home run crown.  Ott also led the league with 118 runs scored and 109 walks, knocked in 93 runs, and batted .295.  His 109 walks gave him more than 100 bases on balls for a record seventh consecutive year.

• The Cardinals relieved Branch Rickey of his duties as general manager.

• The Phillies compiled only 354 runs batted in as a team - the fewest by any club since the Dead-ball Era.  They scored a total of just 394 runs over the course of the 151-game season.

• The Cardinals posted a team ERA of 2.55 that represented the lowest mark compiled by any major league ball club from 1920 through 1966.

• In his last major league start before going into the Navy, Brooklyn's Larry French pitched a one-hitter.

• Paul Waner collected his 3,000th hit.  

• Phillies outfielder Danny Litwhiler became the first major league regular to play an entire season without committing an error.

• On May 13, Jim Tobin of the Braves became the only pitcher in the 20th century to hit three homers in a game.

• Pittsburgh's Elbie Fletcher led the National League in on-base percentage (.417) for the third consecutive year.

• Giants reliever Ace Adams established a new National League record by appearing in 61 games.

• Playing for the third-place Giants, Johnny Mize led the National League with 110 runs batted in and a .521 slugging percentage.  He also batted .305 and finished second in the league with 26 home runs.

• Brooklyn’s Dolph Camilli tied Mize for second in the league with 26 home runs.  He also placed among the leaders with 109 runs batted in.

• Despite missing almost a month of the season with a severe concussion, Pete Reiser batted .310, scored 89 runs, and led the league with 20 stolen bases.

Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
BRO 1783 5286 742 1398 678 .264 263 34 62 81 0 1915 .368 .329 .709 95 0 119
BSN 1800 5077 515 1216 479 .196 210 19 68 49 1668 .303 .247 .594 114 89
CHN 1803 5354 591 1360 533 .211 224 41 75 63 0 1891 .304 .279 .600 110 0 104
CIN 1659 5260 527 1216 488 .176 198 39 66 42 0 1690 .302 .242 .577 96 0 92
NY1 1712 5150 673 1312 630 .218 162 35 109 39 1871 .360 .327 .698 139 77
PHI 1849 5060 394 1174 356 .221 168 37 44 37 0 1548 .285 .268 .563 109 0 89
PIT 1793 5107 585 1250 544 .202 173 49 54 41 0 1683 .292 .264 .574 105 0 86
SLN 1798 5422 755 1454 680 .235 282 69 60 71 0 2054 .334 .303 .659 90 0 130

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
BRO 320 104 50 1399 612 493 5814 1205 73 58.510 442 512 67 15 24 14 1
BSN 312 58 89 1335 414 518 5751 1326 82 74.090 557 645 68 8 8 26 4
CHN 305 68 86 1399 507 525 6058 1447 70 79.260 560 667 71 9 14 27 4
CIN 269 76 76 1413 616 526 5906 1213 47 39.030 442 545 80 12 8 15 2
NY1 283 74 58 1213 436 459 5152 1141 77 52.970 435 526 59 12 13 22 0
PHI 335 42 109 1340 472 605 5844 1328 61 77.010 614 703 51 2 6 27 6
PIT 307 66 81 1350 426 435 5811 1376 62 53.490 538 632 64 13 11 21 3
SLN 305 106 48 1410 651 473 5800 1192 49 30.040 399 480 70 18 15 31 1

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
BRO 1674 6005 4191 1676 138 .979 0 0 0 0 5
BSN 1644 5940 4006 1795 139 .974 0 0 0 0 14
CHN 1634 6243 4203 1871 169 .953 0 0 0 0 10
CIN 1549 6208 4238 1793 177 .966 0 0 0 0 13
NY1 1587 6019 4102 1784 133 .959 0 0 0 0 5
PHI 1682 6011 4015 1803 193 .959 0 0 0 0 9
PIT 1615 5949 4053 1713 183 .963 0 0 0 0 8
SLN 1683 6097 4230 1698 169 .940 0 0 0 0 12

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1942 World Series, Ace Adams, Branch Rickey, Brooklyn Dodgers, Danny Litwhiler, Dolph Camilli, Elbie Fletcher, Enos Slaughter, Jim Tobin, Johnny Beazley, Johnny Mize, Larry French, Marty Marion, Mel Ott, Mort Cooper, Paul Waner, Pete Reiser, St. Louis Cardinals, Stan Musial, Terry Moore, Walker Cooper

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