1946 World Series
The 1946 season saw Ted Williams return to the Red Sox after serving in Navy and Marines during World War II. Williams won the MVP award that year after batting .342 with 38 home runs and 123 RBIs.
The Red Sox went 104-50 and won the American League pennant for the first time since 1918, finishing 12 games ahead of the second-place Detroit Tigers. The Cardinals, on the other hand, went 98-58 that year, winning the NL pennant by just two games over the Brooklyn Dodgers.
In the World Series, the Red Sox took Game one with a 3-2 victory in Sportsman’s Park, coming back to tie the game in the top of the ninth and winning after a 10th inning home run by Rudy York. Game 2 saw the Cardinals tie the series with a 3-0 shutout. When the series shifted to Fenway Park for Game 3, the Sox had a shutout of their own, beating St. Louis 4-0 to take a 2-1 series lead. The Cardinals stormed back in Game 4, however, clobbering the Red Sox 12-3. Game 5 saw the Sox come within one game from the World Series title after a 6-3 win.
After returning to St. Louis, the Cardinals tied the series 3-3 with a Game 6 win that forced a winner-take-all Game 7. In Game 7, the Red Sox rallied from down two runs in the eighth to tie the game 3-3, but the now-famous “mad dash” of Enos Slaughter in the bottom of the eighth, along with a supposed hesitation by shortstop Johnny Pesky, gave the Cardinals a 4-3 lead and they shut down the Sox in the ninth to win the World Series.