The 1926 St. Louis Cardinals season, their 35th in the National League, produced the franchise's first NL pennant as the Cards compiled an 89-65 record that was goo enough to squeeze past Cincinnati by a mere two games. The Cards went on to defeat the New York Yankees in seven games, recording the final out by throwing out Babe Ruth at second base in the ninth inning of Game 7.

This was Rogers Hornsby's only full season as manager for the team and it certainly didn't effect his performance on the field. Hornsby hit .317 with 11 home runs and 93 RBI. Catcher Bob O'Farrell won the MVP Award, batting .293, with seven home runs and 68 RBI. Led by RBI champion Jim Bottomley (120), who also ranked second in the NL with 19 homers, the offense scored the most runs in the NL. Les Bell added 17 round-trippers and 100 RBI. Meanwhile, pitcher Flint Rhem led the National League in wins with 20.

In an oddity, Tommy Thevenow hit the second and last home run of the season, and of his career on Sept. 26. Thevenow would play for another 12 seasons and set a major league record by not hitting a home run in 3,347 at-bats

Babe Ruth, New York Yankees, Rogers Hornsby, St. Louis Cardinals


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