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Two years after taking the 1926 World Series from the Yankees, the St. Louis Cardinals found themselves down three games to none in the 1928 classic. Their second run in the bottom of the fourth inning of Game 4 gave them the lead for the first time of the series, but it wouldn't last. Pitching to Babe Ruth in the top of the seventh, Bill "Wee Willie" Sherdel worked the count 0-2 and then tried to slip a "quick pitch" past The Babe while he was distracted by veteran journeyman catcher Earl "Oil" Smith. So-called quick pitches were legal in the National League but not the American League and not the World Series, so home plate umpire Cy Pfirman called a "no pitch," despite objections from the Cardinals players. It was a pivotal point in the game and in World Series history. Sherdel had angered the beast that was the Behemoth of Bust, who watched the next two pitches miss for balls, working the count even to 2-2, before launching his second home run of the day to tie the game at two a piece. In the Yankees next at-bat, Lou Gehrig's back-to-back jack -- his fourth home run of the Series -- gave the Yankees the lead, and Ruth's third homer of the day in the eighth helped seal the sweep. After the Cards scored once in the bottom of the ninth, the game ended on foul out to Ruth in left, who made the out against the wall, despite interference from disgruntled St. Louis fans, and then held the ball for all to see as he ran into the dugout. Ruth later said the game was the biggest thrill of his career. It was the second time he had hit three home runs in a World Series game -- but this time it counted (the first was 1926) -- and it was the first time any team had swept consecutive Series (after losing to the cards in '26, the Yankees swept the Pirates in '27). Offered in this lot is one of the few surviving World Series programs from the historical 1928 affair. It is the more desirable Yankee Stadium (Game 1 or Game 2) issue, and it appears in presentable VG overall condition despite traces of heavy handling and a center page that has become detached from the staples holding together the rest of the 85 year-old keepsake from one of the most powerful and feared teams in MLB history at the height of their murderous success. Highly collectible and extremely scarce.

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Final prices include buyers premium: $880
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Auction closed on Sunday, January 5, 2014.
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