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Cardinals Are 2011 World Series Champions

The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Texas Rangers by a score of 6 to 2 Friday night to win the Series in seven games. NPR's Tom Goldman has game highlights.

The World Series As An Old Pro Sees It

Jim Bouton knows what it's like to stand on the pitching mound in a World Series with the world watching; he pitched three World Series games for the New York Yankees in 1963 and 64. Bouton's been watching this year's Series and shares his insights with host Scott Simon.

Comeback Cards Win It All: St. Louis Takes World Series Title

The team that in late summer didn't look like it would even make the playoffs came from behind again to defeat the Texas Rangers 6-2 in Game 7. For the Cardinals, it's the team's 11th World Series title. Texas is still looking for its first.

NFL Ratings Beat New Network Shows

The biggest thing on broadcast TV this fall is the NFL. It's beating the shiny new network shows and, get this, 13 of the top 15 broadcasts this fall were NFL games — the other two were Two and a Half Men. The NFL is killing on cable, too. AMC's The Walking Dead shattered records for a cable drama this year, with had an audience of more than 7 million viewers for its premiere. But another cable series that nearly doubles that number week in and week out is ESPN's Monday Night Football, averaging nearly 14 million viewers per game. It's not news that the NFL rocks the other sports in TV ratings, but for the past few years its ratings dominance has spread to all of TV. So why the rise? Are more women watching? Is it because it looks good in HD? Maybe it's because sports are made to be watched live?

Cards Force First World Series Game 7 Since 2002

In dramatic fashion, the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Texas Rangers Thursday night to force the first game 7 in the World Series since 2002. Michele Norris talks with sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about the game — and how it ranks among other thrilling World Series games of the past.