1952- Musial Pitches to One Batter; Also Wins 3rd Batting Title in Row

Musial Pitches to One Batter

One oddity to the season happens in the finale on Sept. 28 as Stan Musial makes his only major league pitching performance. He faces Frankie Baumholtz of the Cubs and he reaches on an error by third baseman Solly Hemus. Here is the (BOXSCORE) for Musial pitches to one batter.

Musial is replaced by the starting pitcher, Harvey Haddix who had moved to the outfield for one batter. Musial gets one hit in three at bats and wins his third consecutive batting title with a .336 average.

Cardinals Start Slow

The Cardinals start slow as the month of April finds them winning 6 games and losing 7 and May doesn’t get much better with a 12-15 mark.

June is better for the and their second best winning percentage of any month with a 20-12 record. July finds the Cardinals winning 70% of their games with a 19-8.

August and September, the final two months, they are a combined 31-24. Pittsburgh and Boston are the two teams they have the most success with on the year and the Giants are the least at 10-12. Two teams, Chicago and Brooklyn, are each 11-11 on the year.

One run games favor the Cardinals as they end with a 33-19 mark for the season but are on the wrong end of shutouts 8 times and win 12 of them.

Third Place Finish

The Cardinals finish the season 88-66 for third place in the National League.