ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- On this eve of the Cardinals-Red Sox 4th World Series meeting, we were reminded of just how steeped in history the matchup was: two of baseball's most-storied franchises squaring off one more time.
Fox 2 got a unique look at the Fall Classic through the eyes of two fans who were there the first time, in 1946.
They made the newspaper, the Globe-Democrat, in a photo with their mother at Game 7.
As sure as the turning leaves, October turned minds to that dear old team, even in another state, even back then.
“Our parents came from Arkansas,” said Morris Thomas, at his home in Sunset Hills. “If you were from Arkansas, there was only 1 team, that was the St. Louis Cardinals.”
So, when his parents moved to St. Louis and started their family, the Cardinal affection had already taken root.
She took them to Game 7 in 1946. The Cardinals won the game 4-3 and the World Series, 4 games to 3.
The Globe-Democrat published a photo of Morris, then 2, and his little sister, Nancy, 11 months, with the their mother, Hazel, at Sportsman’s Park.
“[My mother] told me, my sister and I were the youngest fans at the St. Louis and Boston World Series, the 7th game, played in St. Louis and the St. Louis Cardinals won,” Morris said.
She also gave him an 8x10 glossy copy of the photo that appeared in the newspaper, which he and his sister treasure to this this.
“That picture does sum it up. We were the youngest fans there. We’re still big fans. We never, ever skipped a beat when it comes to the St. Louis Cardinals,” said Nancy Thomas Hoddinott.
They have no recollection of Hall of Famer Enos Slaughter’s “mad dash” home with the winning run, but they were there, with their mom -- and can truly say now – they’ve loved the Cardinals for longer than they can even remember.
“I think this picture says more than 100,000 words over the 67 years I’ve been around,” Morris said.
I feel like being from St. Louis, they’ve got to be in your blood. If you’re really from St. Louis, the Cardinals are just in your blood,” said Nancy.
They considered themselves Cardinals good luck charms especially when facing the Red Sox in the World Series but were worried about that this time: they can’t get tickets to any of the games in St. Louis.
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