It as Saturday, October 9, 1926 and Grover Cleveland Alexander had just pitch a complete game for a Cardinal win in Game 6 of the World Series. Alexander did what many do after a very successful day at the job, he celebrated. Well into the wee morning hours of the next day he celebrated. He was done for the year. At least he thought so.
Rogers Hornsby, the Cardinals manager did the almost impossible thing. His team was leading 3-2 and the bases full he called on Alexander to pitch. Legend has it that Hornsby told Alexander there was no place to put the batter, Tony Lazzeri, and Grover Cleveland Alexander answered with, “I reckon I’d better strike him out.” That’s what he did to preserve the win. He pitched 2.3 innings of relief, gave up no hits, no runs, walked one and struck out one. The Cardinals were the World Series champions for the first time!