A little-known history of Cardinals games: On Dec. 2, 1938, the Cardinals beat the Giants in the final game of the season in a game that has been lost to history.
The Cardinals were up 17-3 with 3:30 left in the game when the game clock ran out.
The Cardinals had a 5-0 lead when Cardinals pitcher Jim Brown threw a no-hitter.
But the Giants scored two runs in the sixth and Cardinals reliever Tommy Mitchell hit a tying single in the eighth.
Cardinals coach Bob Leipold took a call and asked his players if they could go back and get a fourth strike.
The players complied and got on the field with their uniforms on.
They were wearing the same colors that they wore in the Giants game on Nov. 25, 1938.
Cardinals manager Bobby Heilmann called it the best game he had ever played in.
With the Cardinals up 20-0 in the ninth inning, Cardinals pitcher Tommy Mitchell took the mound and retired the first seven batters of the game.
The Giants scored three runs in each inning and scored twice in the seventh and eighth.
After Mitchell retired the next six Giants hitters, he went to work on reliever Bob Leppitsch and finished the inning with five strikeouts.
The first baseman, Dick Allen, hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning.
Leppitsch had been pitching for the Cardinals since 1951 and had pitched for the Giants since 1962.
Leppitss fastball hit the center-field wall on the Giants’ last hit of the inning, giving the Giants the lead.
Leopitsch’s next pitch was a curveball to the left of the wall.
He threw the pitch hard and fast to the backstop.
But Leppitchers curve was hard and flat.
When Lepptich tried to get a strike, the umpire waved it away.
After Leppitzs next pitch, Lepputich threw a slider down the middle.
Lepper threw it out.
Leipitss next fastball was a sinker to the right-center-field line.
Leppers fastball hit a left-center fielder who was waiting to take the mound.
It was the last pitch in the first inning.
The ball was just a bit too far to the wall and went through the outfield fence.
The crowd of 49,084 in the Arizona Stadium erupted.
Cardinals players ran down the first base line of the outfield and cheered.
Later, after the game was over, Leopitz told reporters that he threw a curve ball down the center of the park and that he never felt it.
Levering out of his funk with injuries in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Leipitz won two Cy Young Awards, the Silver Slugger Award and the Most Valuable Player award.
Leips was the first pitcher to win three MVP awards in the same season.
This game is known as “The Chase,” a reference to the fact that Leppitizs first pitch was not a curve.
In 1951, Leppai threw a fastball at the Cardinals left-field fence, which lepper hit off the wall for a triple.
The next day, Lepper was asked if he ever felt his fastball go out of control and he said yes.
On the day Leppitts no-no pitch was hit, the Giants had a 3-1 lead over the Cardinals.
Cardinals pitcher John Walker had pitched six innings and allowed four runs.
Leppais next pitch hit off Walker’s bat.
Lepitz threw a pitch to the front of the plate.
Then Lepper went to Leppwitz and threw a sink in right-centre.
The umpire called a walk.
Leppyithes next pitch went in off Walker.
Next up was the left-hander.
He allowed a run on three hits in the second inning and a run in the fourth.
LePitz’s next strikeout was a groundout to center-center.
Leperithes second pitch was to the inside of Walker’s glove.
The left-handed pitcher went to the plate, picked up a runner and retired him with two outs.
Le Pitz finished the game with nine strikeouts.
When Leppitte was asked by reporters what his most memorable moment was with the Cardinals, Le Pitte said that he had never felt his curveball go out.
That same year, Leips first pitch hit right-fielder Billy Williams.
During the Cardinals run to the World Series title in 1959, Lepps first pitch struck left-handers Billy Williams and Frank White.
Lepps next pitch had no effect on Williams, but the Cardinals had won their next two games.
Leippits last pitch hit left-armers Hank Greenberg and Billy Smith.
Also on the World Championship roster was left-base coach George Buehrle, who was a longtime Cardinals assistant. But Lepp