The 2006 Cardinals struggled down the stretch, but captured the NL Central Division title on the final day of the season. Plagued by injuries during the season, the finally-healthy club fought their way to the seventh game of the National League Championship Series. With the game tied 1-1 in the ninth inning, Yadier Molina used this bat to hit a two-run home run which ultimately sent the Cardinals to the World Series. The Redbirds would go on to defeat the Detroit Tigers and capture the franchise's 10th World Series crown.
Did you know that the Cardinals are holders of the very first World Series championship trophy? Officially known as the Commissioner's Trophy, Major League Baseball did not award a trophy to the winner of the Fall Classic until 1967 when the Cardinals beat the Boston Red Sox for the title. This trophy, along with those from the 1982, 2006 and 2011 World Series championships reside in the team's museum collection.
For all of the great postseason moments in Cardinals history, it's interesting to note that the club played in the first-ever playoff series in Major League Baseball. Tied with the Brooklyn Dodgers at the end of the season in 1946, the rules stated that a best-of-three series would be played to determine the National League pennant winner. The Cardinals prevailed -- winning the first two games -- then continued their winning ways during the World Series by defeating the Boston Red Sox in the 1946 Fall Classic.