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Playbacks: Old Pete comes to the rescue as the Cardinals win their first World Series

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Welcome to STL Pinch Hits Playbacks. Each week we present an audio re-creation of a moment in St. Louis baseball history, captured from the pages of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Grover Cleveland Alexander grew up on a farm in central Nebraska and broke into major-league baseball in 1911 as a pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies. He was with the Cubs when he left for France to serve in an artillery unit during World War I.

He returned partly deaf, suffering bouts of epilepsy and too fond of alcohol. Exasperated Cubs management cut him in June 1926 when he was 39. Cardinals player-manager Rogers Hornsby thought Alexander had some good pitches left.

Alexander, nicknamed "Old Pete," won 11 games to help his new team win the National League pennant. During the 1926 World Series against the Yankees, he pitched two complete-game victories, winning games two and six, both in Yankee Stadium.

The next day, he threw four pitches into legend.

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