Slaughter's mad dash gives Cardinals the title

Updated: October 17, 2005, 4:32 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Oct. 15, 1946

A mad dash around the bases by Enos Slaughter propels the St. Louis Cardinals to the world championship. With two outs in the home eighth inning and Game 7 tied 3-3, Slaughter is on first when Harry Walker lines the ball into left-center.

At first it doesn't appear that Slaughter will be able to score, but the Carolinian they call Country turns on the jets and never stops running. He crosses home before Boston shortstop Johnny Pesky, who gets the relay, can get the ball to the catcher. Slaughter's dash gives the Cardinals a 4-3 lead and reliever Harry "The Cat" Brecheen makes it stand up.

Brecheen, who gave up a two-run double to Dom DiMaggio in the top of the eighth that tied the game, survives a first-and-third with one out scare in the ninth to record his third win in the World Series.

Slaughter modestly dismisses his heroic dash on Walker's double -- not a single as it often is referred to in baseball lore. In the other locker room, Pesky takes the blame for the defeat.

"I'm the goat," he says. "I never expected he'd try to score. I couldn't hear anybody hollering at me above the noise of the crowd. I gave Slaughter at least six strides with the delay. I know I could have nailed him if I had suspected he would try for the plate."