Luther Sowers was just 9 years old when the St. Louis Cardinals won their third World Series in 1934, and he became a lifelong fan.
Eight years later, Sowers, then a student at York High, made the trek to New York City by himself to watch game five, the deciding game, of the World Series.
The Friday before the Monday game, Sowers told the assistant principal of York High that he was going to miss school to watch the game. The assistant principal told him it would be an illegal absence from class.
"I said 'Yes, sir. I do know that, but I'm telling you ahead of time,'" Sowers, 88, of York City, recalled.
The Cardinals won the game 4-2 over the New York Yankees thanks to a ninth-inning, two-run home run by Whitey Kurowski.
"I saw that baby curve right into the stand behind left field," Sowers said.
Now the Cardinals are in the hunt for their 12th World Series title as they take on the Boston Red Sox. Game one is Wednesday and will air on Fox at 8:07 p.m.
Lifelong love: Debbie Edwards, a native of Massachusetts, also has her story of baseball gone by. Her grandfather, Arthur Burke, watched the Red Sox win the World Series in 1918, the last time the team won the title until it broke the Curse of the Bambino in 2004.
Edwards, of Conewago Township, said she remembers her grandfather and father watching Red Sox games at her childhood home.
"That's the only sport played in my house growing up," she said.
When Boston ended its drought in 2004, it did so by sweeping St. Louis in four games, and Edwards and fellow Boston fans are hopeful the Sox can win the series again this time around.
Rick Guinan, a Massachusetts native who lives in Manchester Township, predicts Boston will have the series wrapped up in six games.
"Any team that comes into Fenway (Park), it's a tough place to play," he said, adding of the Red Sox, "They play hard. They're gamers."
Not the Yankees: The trip to the World Series is made all the more sweet for Maria
Segura, who grew up in York City but lives in Long Island, N.Y., because it means the Yankees don't have a chance at winning the title.
"So proud that they (the Red Sox) made it to the Worlds Series this year, especially since my fiancé and brother-in-laws are Yankee fans," she said in an email. "Think my boys are going to be the champs this year by game 5."
Though Edwards and Guinan are happy to see Boston in the World Series, there is one thing they can do without: The beards a lot of Red Sox players have grown.
"I'm hoping ... for completely clean-shaven next season," Edwards said.
The game: With a keen memory, Sowers remembers the 2004 series when Boston beat St. Louis.
"I wasn't happy about that," he said.
He also recalled attending a World Series game in 1987 when it took the Minnesota Twins seven games to eke out winning the Series.
But the game Sowers remembers fondly, the one that, for him, was the most memorable, was that 1942 game he skipped school to watch first hand.
With ease, Sowers rattled off the name of each Cardinals player and what position each played that game.
He also recalled the walk back to the train station from Yankee Stadium after the game.
Sowers said a few cars passed him and he took note that the wipers on the windshields were on.
"I didn't know it was raining until then," Sowers said. "I was on cloud nine."
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