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With the United States’ involvement in World War II having depleted the rosters of most major league teams, the talent-rich St. Louis Cardinals had an easy time capturing their second straight National League pennant in 1943.  Using their rich farm system to replace military-bound Enos Slaughter, Terry Moore, Johnny Beazley, and Howie Pollet with the likes of Lou Klein, Alpha Brazle, and Harry Brecheen, the Cardinals ran away with the N.L. flag, finishing the season 18 games ahead of the second-place Cincinnati Reds, with a record of 105-49.  

Easily the senior circuit’s most well-balanced team over the course of the regular season, the Cardinals finished second in the National League with 679 runs scored and also posted a league-leading 2.57 team ERA.  Reigning N.L. MVP Mort Cooper anchored the St. Louis pitching staff, tying for the league lead with 21 victories and also finishing among the leaders with a 2.30 ERA, 274 innings pitched, and 24 complete games.  He received a considerable amount of help from Max Lanier, who posted 15 victories and led all National League hurlers with a 1.90 ERA.

Cooper’s younger brother and battery-mate, Walker, helped give the Cardinals one of the league’s top offenses.  The younger Cooper earned a second-place finish in the MVP voting by batting .318 and driving in 81 runs.  Winning the award for the first of three times was teammate Stan Musial, who, at age 22, led the National League with a .357 batting average, 220 hits, 20 triples, 48 doubles, 347 total bases, a .425 on-base percentage, and a .562 slugging percentage.  He also knocked in a team-leading 81 runs and finished second in the league with 108 runs scored.   

The New York Yankees gained a measure of revenge for the previous year’s World Series by defeating the Cardinals in five games in the 1943 Fall Classic.  Mort Cooper gave the Cardinals their only victory in Game Two, despite mourning the loss of his father, who died earlier in the day.

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

• Chicago's Bill Nicholson led the National League with 29 home runs and 128 runs batted in.  He also finished among the leaders with a .309 batting average, 95 runs scored, 188 hits, and a .531 slugging percentage, en route to earning a third-place finish in the league MVP voting.

• On May 2, Philadelphia’s Schoolboy Rowe became the first pitcher to hit a grand slam in each league.

• The Brooklyn Dodgers started the season with Branch Rickey as their GM, replacing Larry MacPhail, who entered the armed forces.

• Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis banned the Philadelphia Phillies’ new owner Bill Cox for life for betting on his own team.

• After leading the National League with 112 runs scored and 20 stolen bases, Arky Vaughan quit the Dodgers at the end of the 1943 campaign rather than continue to play under manager Leo Durocher.

• Pittsburgh’s Rip Sewell tied Mort Cooper for the league lead with 21 victories.

Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
BRO 1799 5309 715 1444 658 .202 263 35 39 58 0 1894 .351 .248 .618 114 0 100
BSN 1660 5196 465 1213 433 .202 202 36 39 56 0 1604 .352 .277 .706 104 0 99
CHN 1785 5279 631 1380 580 .220 207 56 52 53 0 1855 .339 .266 .619 117 0 97
CIN 1736 5329 608 1362 556 .237 229 47 43 49 0 1814 .323 .300 .624 104 0 120
NY1 1819 5270 559 1305 518 .187 153 33 81 35 0 1767 .294 .246 .555 146 0 99
PHI 1758 5297 569 1321 528 .190 186 36 66 29 0 1777 .309 .232 .569 143 0 99
PIT 1838 5353 666 1401 620 .230 240 73 42 64 0 1913 .357 .294 .661 113 0 83
SLN 1729 5435 679 1515 638 .217 259 72 70 40 2128 .295 .289 .595 92 173

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
BRO 335 81 72 1371 585 637 5980 1326 59 76.110 591 667 50 12 22 22 4
BSN 252 68 85 1399 409 440 5908 1361 66 106.880 504 609 87 13 4 15 3
CHN 314 74 79 1386 513 394 5859 1379 53 54.340 499 598 67 12 14 20 1
CIN 274 87 67 1403 498 581 5876 1299 38 38.220 489 542 78 18 17 15 2
NY1 352 51 94 1328 557 602 5877 1387 73 77.340 597 674 32 6 19 28 1
PHI 297 64 90 1394 431 451 5992 1436 59 141.230 586 676 66 10 14 32 4
PIT 314 80 74 1404 396 421 5946 1424 44 51.720 477 598 74 11 12 17 3
SLN 261 105 49 1426 639 477 5841 1246 33 30.250 407 473 94 21 15 20 4

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
BRO 1664 5934 4100 1667 167 .955 0 0 0 0 13
BSN 1540 6399 4197 2024 178 .967 0 0 0 0 2
CHN 1635 6139 4148 1824 167 .968 0 0 0 0 14
CIN 1610 6285 4210 1950 125 .956 0 0 0 0 6
NY1 1640 6236 4186 1883 167 .961 0 0 0 0 11
PHI 1624 6144 4176 1781 187 .938 0 0 0 0 11
PIT 1678 6248 4197 1881 170 .891 0 0 0 0 3
SLN 1642 6211 4280 1780 151 .960 0 0 0 0 13

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1943 World Series, Al Brazle, Arky Vaughan, Bill Cox, Bill Nicholson, Branch Rickey, Enos Slaughter, Harry Brecheen, Howie Pollet, Johnny Beazley, Kenesaw Landis, Larry MacPhail, Leo Durocher, Lou Klein, Max Lanier, Mort Cooper, Rip Sewell, Schoolboy Rowe, St. Louis Cardinals, Stan Musial, Terry Moore, Walker Cooper

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