Ken Boyer grand-slam caps off St. Louis rally vs Yankees

Oct 11, 1964 | Classic Broadcast, Grand Slams, World Series

On October 11, 1964 – St Louis Cardinal starting pitcher Ray Sadecki let the first four Yankees hit safely. After a leadoff double by Phil Linz, Bobby Richardson’s RBI double put the Yankees up 1–0. After a single, Mickey Mantle’s RBI single made it 2–0 and Sadecki was promptly removed by manager Keane. Roger Craig came in to pitch and gave up an RBI single to Elston Howard but allowed no more damage. After five innings, New York was still up 3–0 and St. Louis had only one hit off Downing.

The turning point of the game — and the Series — came in the top of the sixth. Carl Warwick led off with his third pinch-hit base hit, tying a World Series record. Curt Flood singled to put runners on first and second. After Lou Brock flied out, Dick Groat reached base on a slow roller that was bobbled by Yankee second baseman Bobby Richardson. Instead of runners on second and third with two out, the bases were loaded with one out.

In the first game, Yankee Al Downing struck Cardinal Ken Boyer out with a high changeup. Downing faced Boyer again with the bases loaded, and Boyer guessed that he’d see the high changeup again. He guessed right, and hit a grand-slam. Ron Taylor relieved Craig and gave up one hit over the last four innings. The Cardinals won the game 4–3; instead of trailing three games to one, Boyer’s grand slam enabled then to even the Series at two games apiece

Ken Boyer is greeted at the plate by his teammates after his grand slam in Game 4 of the World Series, Oct 11, 1964
Learn More about the teams, players, ball parks and events that happened on this date in history - - - - - - - 1964 | Al Downing | Bobby Richardson | Curt Flood | Dick Groat | Elston Howard | Ken Boyer | Lou Brock | Mickey Mantle | New York Yankees | October 11 | Phil Linz | Ray Sadecki | Roger Craig | St. Louis Cardinals | Yankee Stadium