on June 22, 1926 The St. Louis Cardinals pick up future Hall of Famer Grover Cleveland Alexander, who was placed on waivers by the Chicago Cubs. The acquisition of ‘Old Pete’ will prove to be pivotal to the Cardinals as he goes 9-7 down the stretch and helped seal their World Series triumph over the New York Yankees when the 39 year-old right-hander wins Games 2 and 6 and saves Game 7 of the Fall Classic.

As the story goes Alexander after a night of celebration after winning game 6 was told he wouldn’t be used in Game 6, but he was called on when Hornsby felt he had no other options. Alexander walked Ruth in the 9th to put on the tying run but Ruth was caught stealing to end the Game and Alexander saved game 7.