Schechter: How the 1934 Giants blew the pennant

From SABR member Gabriel Schechter at The National Pastime Museum on August 11, 2017:

The Gashouse Gang—the 1934 St. Louis Cardinals—remains one of baseball’s fondest legends. The name conjures up the image of a rabble-rousing, rough-hewn group of misfits who played a brand of baseball formidable enough to win the World Series. Their symbol was “Dizzy” Dean, whose 30–7 record in 1934 made him the last National League pitcher to reach that milestone.

Forgotten is the fact that the Cardinals shouldn’t even have made it to the World Series. They got a ton of help from the New York Giants, the defending Series champions. Overwhelming preseason favorites to repeat, the Giants held a seven-game lead with just over three weeks left in the season but let it get away, done in by their own arrogance.

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Originally published: August 11, 2017. Last Updated: August 11, 2017.