The side-arming Brazle spent eight years in the minors before landing a job with
the Cardinals in 1943 at age 28. In Game Three of the '43 World Series, the sinkerballing
rookie held a 2-1 lead over the Yankees until the eighth, when New York exploded
for five runs. Exclusively a reliever his last few years, Brazle led the NL in saves
in 1952 and '53.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»September 18, 1943:
The Cardinals clinch the NL pennant. Howie Pollet,
Max Lanier, and Mort Cooper will rank 1-2-3 in NL
ERA, and Al Brazle at 1.53 and Harry Brecheen at 2.27
are near the same level. For hitting, Redbirds prime
with George Kurowski, Walker Cooper, and Stan Musial,
who in his 2nd season hits .357 and has 220 hits,
347 total bases, 48 doubles, 20 triples.
»August 22, 1951: The Dodgers sweep a pair of 10-inning games from St. Louis, with Clyde King picking up both come-from-behind victories. King goes three innings in Game One and one inning in game 2. Jackie Robinson is 5-for-6 in the nitecap including a 2-out single in the 10th off Al Brazle. Andy Pafko has a homer in the nitecap, while Stan Musial hits his 29th in game 1. Furillo has three hits on the afternoon and a pair of assists in game 1, bringing his season total to 21. The Dodgers have now won 14 straight from the Cards.
»September 17, 1951:
At St. Louis, Brown cracks a homer in the 10th, off starter Al Brazle, as the Phils win, 2–1. Robin Roberts goes all the way for his 20th win.