Sportsman Park, St Louis, MO, August 13, 1939 – Johnny Mize has the look of a dead man in a Reds-Cardinals doubleheader

Sportsman Park, St Louis, MO, August 13, 1939 – Johnny Mize has the look of a dead man in a Reds-Cardinals doubleheader

The Cardinals slugger Johnny Mize has the look of a dead man as the Reds third baseman Billy Werber waits to apply the tag during a Sunday doubleheader. Despite Mize’s failed attempt to take 3rd base his Cards would win both games against the first place Reds, a 4-2 win in the first contest and then they would come back from a 3-0 deficit to win the second game 4-3.

Enos Slaughter would hit a home run in both games, his seventh and eighth dingers of the season. Cards pitcher Curt Davis would get the complete game win in the first game improving his season record to 16-11 in giving up eight hits, two earned runs and six strikeouts. In the nightcap it would be Mort Cooper getting the victory for the hometown team, improving his record to 9-4.

More than 40,000 St Louis fans packed the house as you can see some of them took occupancy in the outfield. A common practice that was at its tail end.

Umpire Bill Stewart is also in the photo ready to punch out Mize with the inevitable out call. Also was pointed out to me by Don Stokes the times of both games – 1:38 for the first game and 2:14 for the second.

Despite the setback for the first-place Reds in getting swept, they would hold on to win the National League pennant, their first one since the 1919 season.

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