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Cardinals Blast Reds 18-0 - 1944 Cardinals Blast Reds 18-0 - 1944

Cardinals Pound Five Cincinnati Hurlers for 21 Hits in Shutout by Mort Cooper - June 10, 1944

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June 10, 1944 - from the St. Louis Post - Newspaper Clipping Cincinnati -

The St. Louis Cardinals scored early and often and gave the Cincinnati Reds their lumps by pounding out the most one-sided shutout victory in the National League in 38 years. When the firing was done the Cards won 18-0. In addition to coming close to the 38-year-old record set when Chicago defeated New York 19 to 0 in 1906, the Cardinals tied a major league mark by leaving 18 men on bases.

Another mark went into the record books when Reds' manager Bill McKechnie inserted 15-year-old Joe Nuxhall, Hamilton (Ohio) high school pitcher into the game. Nuxhall, the youngest pitcher ever to work in the majors, pitched two thirds of the ninth, giving up five runs on five passes, two singles and a wild pitch.

LOHRMAN STARTS GAME Bill Lohrman started the game for Cincinnati but was blasted in the second inning. Six runs came in the second with the Cardinals more than batting around and chasing Ed Heusser as well as Lohrman. Buck Faussett, versatile minor leaguer whom the Reds brought up because of the shortage of players due to the Raging War in Europe, finally got the last out. Faussetti, a third baseman, surrendered 10 hits, walked 6, struck out 2, yielded 6 runs in 6 2/3 innings. Oddly enough, not an extra base hit was registered in the second inning and even though Reds' shortstop Eddie Miller set up the final score by throwing the ball to an unoccupied base, all runs were earned. Seven singles in all could be counted in the inning.

In the game Cardinal All-Star shortstop Marty Marion got 3 hits in 5 trips to the plate and scored twice and, made two fine backhand stops and then threw out the batters. Cards' right-fielder Stan Musial got 3 hits in 4 at bats, scored four times and had three RBIs. While Cards' starter Mort Cooper was slapping the Reds down systematically and spacing their hits skillfully, the Cards went on to fatten their batting averages in the latter innings. Cooper allowed just five hits in posting his complete game shutout. Only Reds' second baseman Woody Williams got two hits, Joe Just got a single as did Eddie Miller and pitcher Buck Faussett. The only extra base hits in the game were a double by Cards' center-fielder Johnny Hopp and teammate George Fallon

BOX SCORE: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS: Johnny Hopp cf, 4 AB, 2 Hits, 1R, 1RBI... Augie Bergamo Cf, 3 AB, 1 Hit, 2R... Debs Garms 3b, 4 AB, 1 Hit, 2R, 1RBI... Stan Musial rf, 4 AB, 3 Hits, 4Runs, 3RBIs... Ray Sanders 1b, 5 AB, 3 Hits, 2R, 3RBIs... Walter Cooper c, 6 AB, 2 Hits, 1R, 3RBIs, 1SB... Danny Litwhiler lf, 6 AB, 3 Hits, 1R, 3RBIs, 1SB... Marty Marion ss, 5 AB, 3 Hits, 2R... Emil Verban 2b, 1 AB, 1 Hit, 2RBI... George Fallon 2b, 4 AB, 3 Hits, 1R, 1RBI... Mort Cooper p, 6 AB, 2 Hits, 2R, 1RBI. CINCINNATI REDS: Woody Williams 2b, 3 AB, 2 Hits... Max Marshall rf, 4 AB, 0 Hits... Gee Walker cf, 3 AB, 0 Hits... Dain Clay cf, 1 AB, 0 Hits... Eric Tipton lf, 3 AB, 0 Hits... Tony Criscola lf, 1 AB, 0 Hits... Frank McCormick 1b, 4 AB, 0 Hits... Joe Just c, 3 AB, 0 Hits... Ray Mueller c, 0 AB... Steve Mesner 3b, 3 AB, 0 Hits... Eddie Miller ss, 3 AB, 1 Hit... Bill Lohrman p, 0 AB... Buck Faussett p, 3 AB, 1 Hit... Ed Heusser p, 0 AB... Joe Nuxhall p, 0 AB... Jake Eisenhart p, 0 AB PITCHING SUMMARY: Cardinals: - Mort Cooper (Winner) 9 IP, 5 Hits, 0Runs, 2SO, 2W Reds: - Bill Lohrman (Loser) 1 1/3 IP, 5 Hits, 4R, 2Ws... Ed Heusser 0 IP (pitched to four batters) 4 Hits, 3 R... Buck Faussett 6 2/3 IP, 10 Hits, 6R, 6W, 2SO... Joe Nuxhall 2/3 IP, 2 Hits, 5R, 5W, 1WP... Jake Eisenhart 1/3 IP, 0 Hits, 1W Attendance: 3,510... Time of Game: 3:23 Umpires: Goetz, Jords and Reardon

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