New York Yankees
5 Oct 1943 – 11 Oct 1943
| Eddie Rommel (AL), Beans Reardon (NL), Joe Rue (AL), Bill Stewart (NL)|
Yankees: Joe McCarthy (mgr.), Bill Dickey, Joe DiMaggio (mil.), Joe Gordon, Phil Rizzuto (mil.), Red Ruffing (mil.)
Cardinals: Billy Southworth (mgr.), Enos Slaughter (mil.), Stan Musial
Red Barber and Bob Elson
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The 1943 World Series matched the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals against the New York Yankees, in a rematch of the 1942 Series. The Yankees won the Series in five games for their tenth championship in 21 seasons. It was Yankees manager Joe McCarthy's final Series win. This series was also the first to have an accompanying World Series highlight film (initially, the films were created as gifts to troops fighting in World War II, to give them a brief recap of baseball action back home), a tradition that still persists.
This World Series was scheduled for a 3–4 format because of wartime travel restrictions. The 3–4 format meant there was only one trip between ballparks, but if the Series had ended in a four-game sweep, there would have been three games played in one park and only one in the other.
Because of World War II, both teams' rosters were depleted. Johnny Beazley, Jimmy Brown, Creepy Crespi, Terry Moore and Enos Slaughter were no longer on the Cardinals' roster. Joe DiMaggio, Phil Rizzuto, Red Ruffing and Buddy Hassett were missing from the Yankees, and Red Rolfe had retired to coach at Dartmouth College.
Cardinals pitchers Howie Pollet, Max Lanier and Mort Cooper ranked 1–2–3 in the National League in ERA in 1943 at 1.75, 1.90 and 2.30, respectively.
1943 World Series Wikipedia
AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL St. Louis Cardinals (1)
The Cardinals' only victory came the same day as the death of Mort and Walker Cooper's father, Robert.
Murry Dickson, who helped close the door on the Cardinals by allowing no hits while on the mound, was on a ten-day pass from the United States Army.
1943 World Series (4–1): New York Yankees (A.L.) over St. Louis Cardinals (N.L.)