The St. Louis Cardinals are the unifying link of this pair of vintage World Series programs, though one could argue that the greater historic importance belongs to their opponents. From baseball's main stage event comes this lot of (2) World Series programs, with 1930 and 1946 editions.
The first of these match-ups pitted the "Redbirds" against Connie Mack's mighty "White Elephants" in the 1930 World Series. Led by the great Frankie Frisch, a talented Cardinals team was just no match for the Philadelphia A's, who boasted a squadron of legendary stars including mashers Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Mickey Cochrane, who were complemented by a brilliant pitching staff featuring Lefty Grove, George Earnshaw, Howard Ehmke, Jack Quinn, Eddie Rommel and Rube Walberg. Issued at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis is a 1930 WS program listing these stars on the unscored line-up grids. Presenting GD details with deference to a tape repair on the spine, this historic program also includes composite team portrait photo pages for both the Cardinals and the A's.
The 1946 WS featured the Cardinals against the Boston Red Sox, who were taking their first crack at breaking "The Curse of the Bambino". Following three years of military service, Ted Williams made a triumphant return to the majors, winning his first MVP award and making the only WS appearance of his amazing career. Unfortunately for Williams, a Cardinals team stacked with stars would not be denied, as they emerged victorious in a down to the wire seven-game series. Issued at Fenway Park, the offered Red Sox version 1946 WS program serves as a colorful remembrance of this classic event, with fantastic cover artwork. Absent of the centerfold leaf including the Red Sox scoring grid, this program is also affected by tape repairs along the spine and half of the pages. Despite these conditions, this piece still shows pleasing GD-VG details, as the repairs are confined to the spine area and the graphics throughout are unaffected.