The Gashouse Gang
After having faced the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Athletics in their previous four World Series appearances, the Cardinals found themselves up against another powerhouse opponent in the Detroit Tigers. Led by catcher Mickey Cochrane, Detroit had won its first pennant in 25 years, sending the city on wheels into extremes of delight. (Cochrane had been sold from the Athletics to the Tigers by a cash-hungry Connie Mack.)
On paper, the Tigers were the stronger team. But as wise men have been known to say, the game is not played on paper but on grass. And anyway, that noted prognosticator Dizzy Dean had already announced that "Me 'n Paul" would win two games apiece.