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Check out this program from the 1946 World Series

Oct 23, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

Michael Beschloss — who runs one of the best accounts on Twitter if you’re into historical documents and photographs — just posted this image of a program from the 1946 World Series on his Twitter feed:


That classic World Series featured two of the greatest hitters of all time — Stan Musial for the Cardinals, Ted Williams for the Red Sox — and went the distance, with St. Louis coming out on top in Game 7, 4-3. Let’s hope for another memorable showing this year between two of the most-storied franchises in MLB.

  1. proudlycanadian - Oct 23, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    They were certainly 2 of the greatest hitters of all time, but possibly not the greatest hitter to have ever played for those teams. A case can be made for Pujols over Stan the Man and I would argue that Babe Ruth was the greatest hitter to ever play for the Red Sox even if they used him as a pitcher.

    • ezwriter69 - Oct 23, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      The case against Musial for Pujols could only be made by an idiot. Not even his Mama believes that.

    • chew1985 - Oct 23, 2013 at 7:49 PM

      Albert has him on homers but Stan the Man was an extra base hitting machine…725 double and he out-triples Albert 177 to 31.

      Stan the Man at age 41 hit .330 with 19 homers and 82 rbi.

      Albert at 34 is questionable to even come close again to his underwhelming 2012 numbers(.285, 30 hr, 105 rbi).

      Starting at age 29, Albert’s batting average has been in a freefall each year since.

      You can’t be serious on that one.

      • proudlycanadian - Oct 23, 2013 at 8:13 PM

        How many years did Stan The Man play after MLB was integrated? His career numbers are skewed by racism.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:05 PM

        Proudly, assuming you are being serious and not sarcastic with the racism comment, Musial played, if I can count properly, 17 seasons after MLB ceased to be all white guys. And I get the feeling that a player as good as Musial would have been just as successful against the best black pitchers and fielders as he was against the white fellows he succeeded against during his first few years.

    • cohnjusack - Oct 23, 2013 at 7:52 PM

      A case can be made for Pujols over Stan the Man

      Seems like sustainability will keep Pujols from reaching Musial levels.
      OPS+ to age 30
      Musial: 172
      Pujols: 172

      After age 30:
      Musial: 147 (12 years)
      Pujols: 137 (just 3 years in)

    • asimonetti88 - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:38 AM

      Ruth only spent two seasons playing in the outfield the majority of the time for the Red Sox.

      • proudlycanadian - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:57 AM

        Not relevant to my argument. He was a better hitter than Williams.

      • asimonetti88 - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:58 AM

        How is it not relevant? Is Ken Griffey Jr. the best hitter in the history of the White Sox?

      • Paul White - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:07 AM

        oWAR with the Red Sox:

        Ruth – 19.4
        Williams – 126.3

        The End

  2. johnnysoda - Oct 23, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Check out the price on that program- 25 cents, the equivalent of $2.90 today.

    Last year’s program? $15. Gotta love it.

    • 18thstreet - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:35 AM

      The idea of the “collectable” didn’t really exist then, right? I mean, someone would spend 25 cents on it to get a scorecard and learn a little bit more about the opposing team’s players. Maybe you’d give it to your kid afterwards. But there was no idea that the program would some day be worth something, right?

  3. moogro - Oct 23, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    It was cool to find out the Red Sox used to be the Americans, and the Cardinals used to be the Nationals. With Nattitude?

  4. philliesblow - Oct 23, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Is that supposed to be Williams on the cover? Looks to be a right handed swing.

    • Caught Looking - Oct 23, 2013 at 7:30 PM

      No, it’s a generic player. The picture was painted by Lon Keller.

      You can read more here if interested:

      • Caught Looking - Oct 23, 2013 at 7:35 PM

        And even if it was Williams batting right, it would still be more accurate than this 1946 program that was produced in anticipation of the Dodgers beating the Cardinals in the playoffs that season.

  5. thebigwhitecat - Oct 23, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    This was Ted Williams’s only World Series. He hit .200 with five hits, all singles.

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