The two franchises are winners of a combined 38 National League championships and 16 World Series titles, as well as participants in some of the most thrilling pennant races in the 1940’s, when the Cardinals and Dodgers both contended for the National League pennant.
Although the Cardinals won four pennants and three World Series in the decade against the Dodgers’ three flags in 1941, '47, and '49, the Cardinals-Dodgers saga is best known for two things.
When the Dodgers integrated in 1947, the Cardinals allegedly threatened to strike. While the story has been challenged over the years, according to Terry Moore, who was the captain of the 1947 team, there were talks of the Cardinals striking, but nothing happened for the most part.
The other thing was this famous moment in Cardinal history:
But today is not about the past battles with the Dodgers, nor the fact that both Joe Torre and Branch Rickey worked for the franchises.
It’s the fact the Cardinals have literally owned the Dodgers over the last five years, including playoff series wins in 2004 and 2006, both of which resulted in the Cardinals advancing to the World Series.
Last night’s win over the Dodgers was no different.
Ankiel and El Hombre both hit homers, and Carpenter, well, it felt like 2005 again when he was on the mound.
Of course, when I think about his performance, I could only think of Gucci Mane’s “Go Ham on ‘Em”.
Or “I Do This” by Young Jeezy.