St. Louis and Brooklyn face off in first Playoff series to decide a league champion
On October 1, 1946, The Brooklyn Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals, who both finished the season with a 96-58 record, play the first game of a best-of-three series to determine the National League’s championship, the playoff series is used for the first time in history. The St. Louis Cardinals take the lead in the National League play-off, winning the first game, at Sportsman’s Park III 4-2, behind the two-hit pitching of Howie Pollet. The Dodger’s had their chances as Pollet allowed 11 baserunners, but Eddie Stanky grounded into a double play in the 5th with the bases load, missing out on a golden opportunity. The Cardinal’s banged out 12 hits and light-hitting catcher Joe Garagiola lead the way with 3 hits and 2 RBI’s and Howie Schultz hit a home run and had an RBI single. The Cardinals and will clinch the pennant in Game 2, beating the Brooklyn at Ebbets Field, 8-4.