On October 10, 1931 – Game 7 of the 1931 World Series at Sportsman’s Park, The Cardinals are trying to deny the Philadelphia A’s a third consecutive title.
The Cardinals struck first in the first when with runners on second and third via two single and a bunt groundout, a wild pitch by George Earnshaw to Pepper Martin scored a run, and a strike three wild pitch to Ernie Orsatti scored another. A two-run home run by George Watkins in the third gave the Cardinals a 4-0 lead. Burleigh Grimes pitched 8 scoreless for the Cardinals, with the score 4-0 in the top of the 9th the Athletics not going down easily scored two in the ninth on Doc Cramer’s bases-loaded two-run two-out single, Bill Hallahan came in and got Max Bishop to fly to center, saving the victory for Grimes. Despite going 0–for–6 in Games 6 and 7, Pepper Martin was the leading hitter of the series with a .500 (12–for–24) batting average.
The loss ended the Philadelphia A’s remarkable 3-year run, one of the best in baseball history. They played .685 baseball over that time frame.