The 1934 Cardinals, affectionately known as the Gashouse Gang, won the National League by two games over the New York Giants. This rag tag team was managed by Frankie Frisch, the Fordham Flash, and included Joe "Ducky" Medwick, Leo "The Lip" Durocher, "Pepper" Martin, "Dizzy" Dean and his brother Paul Dean, "Ripper Collins, and the last remaining legal Spitball tosser Burleigh Grimes.
They went on to win the World Series by beating the Detroit Tigers in seven games. The player/manager of the Tigers was Mickey Cochrane who played with the 1929 Philadelphia A's.
One of the best books written about the 1934 Cardinal season and the "Gashouse Gang":