The Cardinals will be in the World Series against either the Detroit Tigers or the Boston Red Sox. The Cards have played the Tigs 3 times before, winning 2. In 1934, Paul and Dizzy Dean of "the Gashouse Gang" won two games each defeating the Tigers 4 games to 3. In 1968, the Tigers beat the Cardinals, 4 games to 3. The Cardinals were the defending World Series champs, and 1967 MVP Bob Gibson started game 1. I remember this game, because I was listening to a transistor radio in junior high as Gibby threw a complete game shutout, striking out 17, a World Series record that still stands. In game 4, Bob Gibson threw another complete game, winning 10-1. Then, to top that off, he pitched another complete game in game 7, overshadowed by Mickey Lolich's 3rd complete game for a 4-1 Tigers victory to take the series. Two opposing pitchers throwing 3 complete games each! Mickey Lolich started games 2, 5 and 7, won by the Tigers by scores of 8-1, 10-1 and 4-1 respectively. 1968 was also the year that Denny McLain of the Tigers won 31 games, only to lose to Bob Gibson in games 1 and 4.
In 2006, the Cardinals took a 2-1 lead in World Series victories over the Tigers. The Cardinals won in 5 games, with Adam Wainwright won 1 and saved 1 and Justin Verlander lost 2.
St. Louis has also faced Boston 3 times in the World Series, winning 2. None of those match-ups were the St. Louis Browns against the Boston Braves. In 1946, the Cardinals beat the Sox 4 games to 3, led by Harry "the Hat" Walker and Enos Slaughter. In 1967, the Cardinals beat the Red Sox in 7 games. Guess who pitched 3 complete games for the Cards? Bob Gibson again threw in games 1, 4 and 7 and allowed a total of 3 runs. Finally, though, the Red Sox won against St. Louis in their 2004 sweep of the Cardinals, effectively ending the "curse of the Bambino."
Good thing, I was afraid I was not going to be able to stomach watching at all.