In 1926, the Cardinals defeated the Yankees in the World Series. Willie Sherdel along with Hall of Famers Jess Haines and Grover Cleveland Alexander were the pitching staff aces. The following May, Charles Lindbergh presented a World Series ring to Sherdel and the other Redbirds. Lindbergh was an American hero. He had just completed his record-breaking trans-Atlantic flight within the previous month. His flight was financed by several St. Louis businessmen and he named his plane "The Spirit of St. Louis."