Tomasik: How the Cardinals got Grover Cleveland Alexander

From SABR member Mark Tomasik at RetroSimba on June 16, 2016:

Ninety years ago, the Cubs unwittingly did the Cardinals a favor and helped them achieve their first championship season.

On June 22, 1926, the Cubs, at the urging of manager Joe McCarthy, placed pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander on waivers.

Alexander, 39 and on the back end of a Hall of Fame career, still was effective, but McCarthy had become fed up with the pitcher’s drinking.

Claimed for the waiver price of $4,000, Alexander landed with the Cardinals and played a prominent role in stabilizing their pitching staff and lifting them to their first National League pennant and World Series championship.

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Originally published: June 16, 2016. Last Updated: June 16, 2016.