1943 St. Louis Cardinals season

1943 St. Louis Cardinals
1943 National League Champions
Major League affiliations
Record 105–49 (.682)
League place 1st
Other information
Owner(s) Sam Breadon
Manager(s) Billy Southworth
Local radio KWK
(Dizzy Dean, Johnny O'Hara)
(France Laux, Ron Rawson)
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The 1943 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 62nd season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 52nd season in the National League. The Cardinals went 105–49 during the season and finished 1st in the National League. In the World Series, they met the New York Yankees. They lost the series in 5 games.


Regular season

Outfielder Stan Musial won the MVP Award this year, batting .357, with 13 home runs and 81 RBIs. This was the second consecutive year a Cardinal won the MVP award, with Mort Cooper having won the award the previous season.

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Cardinals 10549 0.682 58–21 47–28
Cincinnati Reds 8767 0.565 18 48–29 39–38
Brooklyn Dodgers 8172 0.529 23½ 46–31 35–41
Pittsburgh Pirates 8074 0.519 25 47–30 33–44
Chicago Cubs 7479 0.484 30½ 36–38 38–41
Boston Braves 6885 0.444 36½ 38–39 30–46
Philadelphia Phillies 6490 0.416 41 33–43 31–47
New York Giants 5598 0.359 49½ 34–43 21–55

Record vs. opponents

1943 National League Records

Boston 12–98–1411–1111–1111–1112–103–19
Brooklyn 9–1210–1213–914–817–511–117–15
Chicago 14–812–109–1312–9–110–128–149–13
Cincinnati 11–119–1313–916–6–119–39–1310–12
New York 11–118–149–12–16–16–18–14–19–134–18
Philadelphia 11–115–1712–103–1914–8–110–12–19–13–1
Pittsburgh 10–1211–1114–813–913–912–10–17–15–2
St. Louis 19–315–713–912–1018–413–9–115–7–2


1943 St. Louis Cardinals
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats


Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
CWalker Cooper122449143.318981
1BRay Sanders144478134.2801173
2BLou Klein154627180.287762
SSMarty Marion129418117.280152
3BWhitey Kurowski139522150.2871370
OFStan Musial157617220.3571381
OFHarry Walker148564166.294253
OFDanny Litwhiler8025872.279731

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Johnny Hopp9124154.224225
Debs Garms9024964.257022
Ken O'Dea7120357.281325
Jimmy Brown3411020.18208
Frank Demaree398625.29109
George Fallon367818.23105
Coaker Triplett9252.08014
Buster Adams8111.09101
Sam Narron10111.09100


Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Mort Cooper372742182.30141
Max Lanier32213.11571.90123
Harry Gumbert211331052.8440

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Howie Pollet16118.1841.7561
Ernie White1478.2553.7828
Al Brazle1388821.5326

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Howie Krist3411532.9057
Harry Brecheen299642.2668
Murry Dickson318203.5844
Red Munger329523.9545

1943 World Series

AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL St. Louis Cardinals (1)

1Cardinals – 2, Yankees – 4October 5Yankee Stadium68,676
2Cardinals – 4, Yankees – 3October 6Yankee Stadium68,578
3Cardinals – 2, Yankees – 6October 7Yankee Stadium69,990
4Yankees – 2, Cardinals – 1October 10Sportsman's Park36,196
5Yankees – 2, Cardinals – 0October 11Sportsman's Park33,872

Awards and records

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AA Columbus Red Birds American Association Nick Cullop
AA Rochester Red Wings International League Pepper Martin
AA Sacramento Solons Pacific Coast League Ken Penner
B Allentown Wings Interstate League Barney Roth, Herb Brett and Tom Koval
B Lynchburg Cardinals Piedmont League Ollie Vanek
D Johnson City Cardinals Appalachian League Ken Blackman
D Jamestown Falcons PONY League Jack Sanford



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