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The Gashouse Gang—the 1934 St. Louis Cardinals—remains one of baseball’s fondest legends. The name conjures up the image of a rabble-rousing, rough-hewn group of misfits who played a brand of baseball formidable enough to win the World Series. Their symbol was “Dizzy” Dean, whose 30–7 record in 1934 made him the last National League pitcher to reach that milestone.
Looking back nearly 50 years after the ballpark’s demolition, Shibe Park—later renamed Connie Mack Stadium—is perhaps best understood as a tale of bipolar architectural decisions. Home of the Philadelphia Athletics, and later the Phillies, it was a case of the beauty and the beast. The good was astonishingly good. The park had friezes and facades. The words terra cotta must be used to describe the stadium’s exterior. A cupola was involved.
Most baseball fans can give you the gist of the historic collapse of the 1951 Brooklyn Dodgers, who led the National League by 13 games on August 11 and somehow frittered it all away before the New York Giants delivered the coup de grâce on Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard ’Round the World.” Nearly forgotten, however, is the dress rehearsal for the famous 1951 nightmare—staged by the 1942 Brooklyn Dodgers, who enjoyed a 10-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals on August 5 yet failed to claim the pennant.