Welcome back to MLB Monday, where we now look at the 1926 season and the non-existent awards at the time. This season saw a first-time World Series winner and was the last time the mighty Babe Ruth lost a World Series. The Fall Classic is legendary, too, for reasons explored below, and it’s too bad we don’t have very good video footage of the event(s). It really would be one of those staples on ESPN Classic (if that still exists?) … Enjoy!

1926 World Series MVP: Pete Alexander, P, St. Louis (NL)

In the franchise’s first modern-day World Series appearance, the St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Yankees in seven games to win the championship. The seventh game ended with Ruth, the potential tying run, trying to steal second base with two outs in the ninth inning. Doh! In truth, the matchup maybe should not have been that close: The Cards outscored the Bronx Bombers, 31-21, in the seven games, and that’s a decisive margin, statistically speaking.

So, who is the MVP? It might have been St. Louis right fielder Billy Southworth (.897 OPS, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SB), or it may have been aged-39 Cardinals pitcher Pete Alexander (2-0, 1.33 ERA, 0.787 WHIP, 1 SV, 17 Ks, 20 1/3 IP). Maybe it was even Ruth (1.448 OPS, 11 BBs, 4 HRs, 5 RBI, 6 R) himself? Reality is that Ruth was one-man wrecking crew in this Fall Classic, despite the final-out faux pas. The Yankees would never have reached Game 7 without him. So, to us it’s Alexander or Ruth.

In the end, we go with Alexander, however, because he won Game 2 decisively on the road, after St. Louis had lost Game 1, and then he again dominated in Game 6 in a must-win situation for the Cards. Finally, he secured the Game 7 victory with that save, getting the final seven outs of the game without surrendering a hit or a run. That is clutch—especially with no day off between Games 6 and 7. Remember, he won six Cy Young nods from us, too, so he’s just piling up the accolades here.

1926 AL MOTY: Miller Huggins, New York

The Yankees edged out the Cleveland Indians by 3 games for the pennant, and the difference was the managers: Miller Huggins posted a plus-2 PPP mark for New York, while Tris Speaker stumbled to a minus-2 PPP finish for Cleveland. Straight up, the Indians should have won this pennant, perhaps, so Huggins definitely has earned his fifth MOTY nod from us, one in the NL (with the Cards, no less) and four now in the AL with the Bronx Bombers.

1926 NL MOTY: Jack Hendricks, Cincinnati

The Cardinals won the NL pennant by just 2 games over the Cincinnati Reds, but Manager Rogers Hornsby actually was a negative factor (minus-1 PPP). He almost cost his team the flag, while Reds Manager Jack Hendricks actually finished dead even on the PPP spectrum. In a season where no manager of a winning team had a positive PPP number, Hendricks will take our hardware home for keeping his team in the chase until the final days of the season. Sometimes, that’s enough.