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Games at new Busch Stadium I attended this season (click date for game summary):

Opponent Date Score
Pirates 4/25 1-0 W
Yankees 5/26 6-4 L
Nationals 6/13 1-0 W
Nationals 6/15 5-2 W
Padres 8/15 4-2 W

 

 

 

Wainwright earns player of the week honors!

Kolten Wong earns Rookie of the Month honors!

 

Sports Illustrated - 3/31/14 - Yadier Molina    2014 St. Louis Cardinals Scorecard

 

 

Best months! (1964-2013)

21-5 July 2004
25-6 July 1968
21-6 Sep/Oct 2002
20-6 August 2009
19-6 May 1971
21-7 August 2004
20-7 May 2013
20-7 June 1993
18-7 Sep/Oct 1998
18-7 June 1972
20-8 July 1969
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Cardinal fans!!

Welcome to my Cardinal site!  I have been a die-hard fan all my life and the following pages represent my tribute to greatest team in baseball history.  Even the players today can sense, even if just in passing, that it means something special to wear the "Birds on the bat" uniform!!

Your comments are welcome (address at the bottom of the page...)  Enjoy!

 

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Some of My Cardinal Favorites!

Bob Gibson                     Willie McGee

Lou Brock                     Mark McGwire

Ozzie Smith

 

Ted Simmons | Bruce Sutter | George Hendrick | Ray Lankford | Ken Reitz | Jack Clark | Darrell Porter | Pedro Guerrero | Tony Pena | Jose Oquendo | Brian Jordan | Gary Gaetti | Bake McBride | Todd Worrell | Bob Forsch | Vince Coleman | Terry Pendleton | Keith Hernandez | Joe Torre | Al Hrabosky | Tommy Herr | Whitey Herzog | Albert Pujols | Jim Edmonds | Scott Rolen | Yadier Molina | Rick Ankiel | Chris Carpenter | John Mabry | Matt Morris | Mike Matheny | Woody Williams

 

The Sporting News has ranked Stan Musial number 10 in their list of the top 100 greatest players of all time!!!!

Sportsline All-Century Roster

 

New Ballpark  Pictures    Old Busch Stadium Tribute

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Cardinal's Recent Memorable Years

1982 1985
1987 1996
2000 2001
2002 2004
2005 2006
2009 2011
2012 2013

 

World Champions:   1926Baseball1931Baseball1934Baseball1942Baseball1944Baseball1946Baseball1964Baseball1967Baseball1982Baseball2006Baseball2011

National League Champions: 1928Baseball1930Baseball1943Baseball1968Baseball1985Baseball1987Baseball2004Baseball2013

National League Central Champions: 1996Baseball2000Baseball2002Baseball2005Baseball2009

National League Wild Card: 2001Baseball2012

 

Cardinal post-season results

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Cardinal (or Baseball) Trips:

Great Ballpark Adventures!

 

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Cardinal Caravans:  1990   1998   2003   2004   2005   2006   2007   2012

(No pics:  1991  1992  1993  1994)

Winter Warm-ups: 2007  2010

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Where they finished (since 1964)

Yr. Finish W L Attendance Manager
1964 1 93  + 69 1,143,294 Johnny Keane
1965 7 80 81 1,241,195 Red Schoendienst
1966 6 83 79 1,712,980 Red Schoendienst
1967 1 101  * 60 2,090,145 Red Schoendienst
1968 1 97  + 65 2,011,177 Red Schoendienst
1969 4 87 75 1,682,583 Red Schoendienst
1970 4 76 86 1,628,729 Red Schoendienst
1971 2 90 71 1,604,671 Red Schoendienst
1972 4 75 81 1,196,894 Red Schoendienst
1973 2 81 81 1,574012 Red Schoendienst
1974 2 86 75 1,838,413 Red Schoendienst
1975 3T 82 80 1,695,394 Red Schoendienst
1976 5 72 90 1,207,036 Red Schoendienst
1977 3 83 79 1,659,287 Vern Rapp
1978 5 69 93 1,278,215 Vern Rapp, Jack Krol, Ken Boyer
1979 3 86 76 1,627,256 Ken Boyer
1980 4 74 88 1,385,147 Ken Boyer, Jack Krol,Whitey Herzog, Red Schoendienst
1981 1T 59 43 1,010,247 Whitey Herzog
1982 1 92  + 70 2,111,906 Whitey Herzog
1983 4 79 83 2,317,914 Whitey Herzog
1984 3 84 78 2,037,448 Whitey Herzog
1985 1 101  * 61 2,637563 Whitey Herzog
1986 3 79 82 2,471,817 Whitey Herzog
1987 1 95  + 67 3,072,121 Whitey Herzog
1988 5 76 86 2,892,629 Whitey Herzog
1989 3 86 76 3,080,980 Whitey Herzog
1990 6 70 92 2,573,225 Whitey Herzog, Red Schoendienst, Joe Torre
1991 2 84 78 2,448,699 Joe Torre
1992 3 83 79 2,418,483 Joe Torre
1993 3 87 75 2,844,328 Joe Torre
1994 3 53 61 1,866,544 Joe Torre
1995 4 62 81 1,756,127 Joe Torre, Mike Jorgensen
1996 1 88 74 2,654,718 Tony LaRussa
1997 4 73 89 2,658,357 Tony LaRussa
1998 3 83 79 3,194,092 Tony LaRussa
1999 5 75 86 3,230,356 Tony LaRussa
2000 1 95 67 3,336,493 Tony LaRussa
2001 1T 93  + 69 3,020,046 Tony LaRussa
2002 1 97 65 3,011,216 Tony LaRussa
2003 3 85 77 2,910,386 Tony LaRussa
2004 1 105 * 57 3,048,427 Tony LaRussa
2005 1 100 * 62 3,537,713 Tony LaRussa
2006 1 83 78 3,407,104 Tony LaRussa
2007 3 78 84 3,551,778 Tony LaRussa
2008 4 86 76 3,432,917 Tony LaRussa
2009 1 91 71 3,343,252 Tony LaRussa
2010 2 86 76 3,301,218 Tony LaRussa
2011 2 90 72 3,092,954 Tony LaRussa
2012 2 88 74 3,262,109 Mike Matheny
2013 1 97 *(t) 65 3,369,769 Mike Matheny

*  Best record in baseball!             +  Best record in the NL!

 

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Cardinal's Retired Numbers

#1 -- Ozzie Smith                   #17 -- Dizzy Dean

#2 -- Red Schoendienst            #20 -- Lou Brock

#6 -- Stan Musial                 #24 -- Whitey Herzog

#9 -- Enos Slaughter              #42 -- Bruce Sutter (& Jackie Robinson)

#10 -- Tony LaRussa             #45 -- Bob Gibson

#14 -- Ken Boyer                   #85 -- August A. Busch, Jr.

 

Retired number - player Biographies

 

    We'll miss you DK!               Farewell, Jack...

32 - Josh Hancock

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Cardinals in the "Hall"

Cardinals team info. (Hall of Fame)

Players Year Inducted Position Years with Cards
Walter Alston 1983 1B 1936
Jake Beckley 1971 1B 1904-07
Jim Bottomley 1974 1B 1922-32
Roger Bresnahan 1945 C 1909-12
Lou Brock 1985 LF 1964-79
Jesse Burkett 1948 LF 1899-1901
Orlando Cepeda 1999 1B 1966-68
Roger Connor 1976 1B 1894-97
Frank Frisch 1947 2B 1927-37
Chick Hafey 1971 LF 1924-31
Rogers Hornsby 1942 2B 1915-26,33
Miller Huggins 1964 2B 1910-16
Rabbitt Maranville 1954 SS 1927-28
John McGraw 1937 3B 1900
Joe "Ducky" Medwick 1968 LF 1932-40,47-48
John Mize 1981 1B 1936-41
Stan Musial 1969 LF 1941-44,46-63
Wilbert Robinson 1945 C 1900
Albert "Red" Schoendienst 1989 2B 1945-56,61-63
Ozzie Smith  2002 SS 1982-1996
Enos Slaughter 1985 RF 1938-42,46-53
Bobby Wallace 1953 SS 1899-1901,17-18
Pitchers Year Inducted Career Wins Years with Cards
Grover Cleveland Alexander 1938 373 1926-29
Mordecai Brown 1949 239 1903
Steve Carlton 1994 329 1965-71
Jerome "Dizzy" Dean 1953 150 1930,32-37
James "Pud" Galvin 1965 361 1892
Bob Gibson 1981 251 1959-75
Burleigh Grimes 1964 270 1930-31,33-34
Jesse Haines 1970 210 1920-37
Charles "Kid" Nichols 1949 361 1904-05
Arthur "Dazzy" Vance 1955 197 1933-34
Hoyt Wilhelm 1985 143 1957
Denton "Cy" Young 1937 511 1899-1900
Dennis Eckersley 2004 197 1996-1997
Bruce Sutter 2006 68 (wins)/300 (saves) 1980-1984
Managers Year Inducted Cardinal Wins Years with Cards
Roger Bresnahan 1945 255 1909-12
Roger Connor 1976 9 1896
Frank Frisch 1947 457 1933-38
Rogers Hornsby 1942 153 1925-26
Miller Huggins 1964 346 1913-17
Bill McKechnie 1962 128 1928-29
Charles "Kid" Nichols 1949 94 1904-05
Branch Rickey 1967 458 1919-25
Albert "Red" Schoendienst 1989 1042 1965-76,80,90
Billy Southworth 2008 620 1929,40-45
Whitey Herzog 2010 822 1980-1990
Tony LaRussa 2014   1996-2011

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Cardinal's NL MVP Winners

Year Player
1925 Rogers Hornsby
1926 Bob O'Farrell
1928 Jim Bottomley
1931 Frank Frisch
1934 Dizzy Dean
1937 Joe Medwick (Triple crown winner, too!!!)
1942 Mort Cooper
1943 Stan Musial
1944 Marty Marion
1946 Stan Musial
1948 Stan Musial
1964 Ken Boyer
1967 Orlando Cepeda
1968 Bob Gibson
1971 Joe Torre
1979 Keith Hernandez * (shared with Willie Stargell)
1985 Willie McGee
2005 Albert Pujols
2008 Albert Pujols
2009 Albert Pujols

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Cardinal Cy Young Winners

Year Player
1968 Bob Gibson
1970 Bob Gibson
2005 Chris Carpenter

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Cardinal Rookie of the Year Winners

Year Player/position
1954 Wally Moon, of
1955 Bill Virdon, of
1974 Bake McBride, of
1985 Vince Coleman, of
1986 Todd Worrell, rhp
2001 Albert Pujols, 3B

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Manager of the Year

1985 Whitey Herzog
1996 Tony LaRussa
2002 Tony LaRussa

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NL Strikeout Leaders

Year Player Strike Outs
1906 Fred Beebe 171
1930 Bill Hallahan 177
1931 Bill Hallahan 159
1932 Dizzy Dean 191
1933 Dizzy Dean 199
1934 Dizzy Dean 195
1935 Dizzy Dean 182
1948 Harry Brecheen 149
1958 Sam Jones 225
1966 Bob Gibson 268
1989 Jose DeLeon 201

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NL ERA Leaders

Year Player Games Innings Pitched ERA
1914 Bill Doak 36 256 1.72
1921 Bill Doak 32 209 2.58
1942 Mort Cooper 37 279 1.77
1943 Howie Pollet 16 118 1.75
1946 Howie Pollet 40 226 2.10
1948 Harry Brecheen 33 233 2.24
1968 Bob Gibson 34 305 1.12
1976 John Denny 30 207 2.52
1988 Joe Magrane 24 165 2.18
2009 Chris Carpenter 28 192.2 2.24

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Cardinal No-Hitters

Pitcher Opponent Score Date
Jessie Haines Boston 5-0 7/17/24
Paul Dean Brooklyn 3-0 9/21/34
Lon Warneke at Cincinnati 2-0 8/30/41
Ray Washburn at San Francisco 2-0 9/18/68
Bob Gibson at Pittsburgh 11-0 8/14/71
Bob Forsch Philadelphia 5-0 4/16/78
Bob Forsch Montreal 3-0 9/26/83
Jose Jiminez at Arizona 1-0 6/25/99
Bud Smith at San Diego 4-0 9/3/01

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They said it...Fun Facts...

 

 

Albert Pujols reached 1,000 career hits and 200 career home runs in fewer games than any player in Major League history (806 games).... the record had been held by Willie Mays, who notched 1,000 career hits and 200 home runs in 825 games.

Albert Pujols holds the Cardinals record for the most HRs (37 in 2001) by a rookie.

"I believe he's been reincarnated.  That he played before, in the twenties and thirties, and he's back to prove something" -  Mark McGwire, speaking about Albert Pujols.

"The way to catch a knuckleball is to wait until it stops rolling and then pick it up." -- Bob Uecker

"Baseball has been very good to me since I quit trying to play it." -- Whitey Herzog

"Tradition here in St. Louis is Stan Musial coming in the clubhouse and making the rounds.  Tradition in San Diego is Nate Colbert coming into the clubhouse and trying to sell you a used car." -- Bob Shirley

"He has an upper body like Charles Atlas and a lower body like Lana Turner." -- Whitey Herzog talking about Pedro Guerrero

"You can't worry if it's cold.  You can't worry if it's hot.  You can only worry if you get sick, because if you don't get well, you die." -- Joaquin Andujar

"There is one word in America that says it all, and that one word is 'You never know.'" -- Joaquin Andujar

"It has options through the year 2020 -- or until the last Rocky movie is made."  Reliever Dan Quisenberry, describing his 1990 contract with the Cardinals

"Stan Musial could have hit .300 with a fountain pen." -- Joe Garagiola

"How good was Stan Musial?  He was good enough to take your breath away." -- Vin Scully

Stan Musial leads the Cardinals with 12 walk-off home runs.

Stan Musial led the NL in; batting average 7 times, slugging 6 times, hits 6 times, doubles 8 times, triples 5 times, runs 5 times, RBIs 2 times.

Stan Musial played in the All-Star game 24 times in his career, tied for the most ever with Willie Mays and Hank Aaron.

Stan Musial's 3,630 career base hits....  1815 came at home, 1815 were on the road...

Stan Musial (3,026) and Lou Brock (2,289) are the only two players to have played in 2,000 or more games with the Cardinals.

Stan Musial was the first National League player to win three Baseball Writers MVP awards.

Stan Musial was the first Cardinal to have his uniform number retired.  (#6 in 1963)

Stan Musial was given the Lone Sailor Award by the US Navy Memorial in 2007.

Stan Musial played himself in a 1970 episode of "That Girl."  (Season 5, Episode 7)

Stan Musial was the first Cardinal to win the Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year Award. (1957)

On September 29th, 1952, Stan "The Man" Musial makes his only pitching appearance.  He has his 6th batting title wrapped up (he will finish at .336) and asks to pitch to the runner-up, Cubs outfielder Frankie Baumholtz.  Baumholtz reaches base on an error, and Harvey Haddix relieves Musial.

Stan "The Man" hit 475 career home runs, but never once won a home run title.  He also led NL outfielders in fielding percentage three times: once each in the 40s, 50s, and 60s.

For a season of complete hitting dominance, it's hard to top Stan "The Man" Musial's 1948 campaign.  Stan led his league in average (.376), slugging (.702), on-base percentage (.450), hits (230), doubles (46), triples (18), runs (135), and RBIs (131).  The only thing he didn't lead in was homers, as his 39 were one short of the 40 that led the league.  He also had four 5-hit games!  Not surprisingly, Musial won that year's MVP award going away.

In 1963, his 22nd and final season, Stan Musial passed a few milestones.  Early in the season, he collected his 1357th extra-base hit, passing Babe Ruth for the all-time lead (to that point).  In July, he played in his 24th All-Star Game.  And on September 12th, he hit a home run in this first at-bat as a grandfather.  He finished the year hitting .255 with 12 homers and 58RBIs in 337 at-bats.

Stan "The Man" Musial holds the club record for the most grand slams. (9)

Bruce Sutter was the second pitcher to reach the 300-save mark and his 300 ranks him 11th all time; his lifetime 2.83 ERA is actually among the lowest for relievers with 300 or more saves.

Bruce Sutter and Tommy Herr are both from Lancaster, PA.

Bruce Sutter was the winning pitcher in the 1978 & 1979 MLB All-Star game.

Bruce Sutter was the first Cardinals player to win the Rolaids Relief Man Award.

Al Hrabosky was cut from his Little League team three years in a row and two consecutive years from his junior high school team.

"One paragraph on obstruction and I'm asleep." -- Whitey Herzog

Keith Hernandez was the 42nd-round pick in 1971, the 783rd player selected in the draft.  The team's first-round choice that year also was a first baseman, Ed Kurpiel.

For most players, one game in which they get five hits is the highlight of their careers.  In the 1948 season alone, Stan Musial did it four times.

"The difference between playing at home and on the road is that on the road, you can't go down to the kitchen to get a cup of coffee in the morning in your underwear."  -- Andy VanSlyke

On August 9th, 1972, Ted Simmons finally gets around to signing his contract, though he's been playing all season.  It's believed that Simmons is the only big leaguer ever to play without a contract.

Ted Simmons has more career hits (2,472) and doubles (483) than any other catcher in big league history.

Ted Simmons led the team in RBIs for seven consecutive seasons.  (1972-78)

"The ultimate pleasure in baseball is that abstract moment when everything coms together and flows naturally."   -- Ted Simmons

When former Cardinals pitcher John Denny posted a NL-best 2.52 ERA mark in 1976, he tied for the youngest ever to win an ERA crown.  He was 23.

Vic Davalillo set a National League record (since surpassed) with 24 pitch-hits in 1970.  Davalillo's manager was Red Schoendienst, holder of the old NL record of 22.

Specs Toporcer, a shortstop for the Cards, was the first non-pitcher to wear glasses.  On June 12th 1922, Specs hit his first big league homer, but was called out when he passed a base runner.

After the Yankees, which have 22 World Series titles, the winningest teams are the As and the Cardinals, with nine apiece.

Five teams in baseball history have managed 300 stolen bases in a season.  The only ones in the past 80 years:  The 1976 As with 341 and the 1985 Cards with 314.

An aggressive slide in Game 7 of the World Series by Joe Medwick results in a set-to with third baseman Marv Owen.  When Medwick returns to his outfield post, angry Tigers fans pelt him with fruit.  Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis makes Medwick leave the game "for his own safety."   The Cards go on to an 11-0 win to clinch the Series.

In 1924, Rogers Hornsby goes 2-for-5 on opening day against the Cubs.  He will remarkably end up improving on the .400 clip during the rest of the season and will wind up the year hitting .424.  In a two month stretch between June 28 and August 28, he went an astonishing 149-for-302 (.489) at the plate.

In each of his first 10 full Major League seasons (1916-1925), Rogers Hornsby led the Cardinals in batting, slugging, and on-base percentage.  He repeated the feat with the 1927 Giants, 1928 Braves, and 1929 Cubs.

In 1906, Jack Taylor threw the last of his 187 consecutive complete games.  He had not required bullpen help since June 13th, 1901.

Harvey Haddix was the only Cardinals pitcher to have a 20 win season in the 1950s.

George Hendrick hit the most HRs for the Cardinals in the 1980s.

"We could finish first or in an asylum." - Frank Frisch, manager of the wild and talented "Gas House Gang" Cardinals, on the team's prospects for 1936

"Hoo-ee! I been to two county fairs and a goat roast, and I ain't never seen nothin' like this." -- World Series MVP Darrell Porter, amid the celebration in 1982.

Boastful bumpkin Dizzy Dean hurls a three-hit shutout (9/21/1934) against the Dodgers in the first game of a doubleheader.  Brother Paul Dean, a rookie, then completes the sweep with a no-hitter.  "If'n Paul had told me he was gonna pitch a no-hitter," Dizzy says, "I'd of throwed one too."

"The good Lord was good to me.  He gave me a strong body, a good right arm and a weak mind."  - Dizzy Dean

The Dean brothers combined for all four Cardinals victories in the 1934 World Series.

On May 14th, 1988, after using up seven pitchers, the Cards bring in utility man Jose Oquendo to pitch the sixteenth inning of a tie game with Atlanta.  Oquendo manages to shut out the Braves for three innings before giving up two runs in the nineteenth and suffering the loss.  It's the first decision by a non-pitcher in the major leagues in twenty years.

On July 26th, 1900, Gus Weyhing is released by the Cards.  He claims to have been cheated out of ten days pay and persuades a sheriff to seize the St. Louis share of gate revenues for a game at Brooklyn.  The money winds up being less than the $100 Weyhing claims he's entitled to.

Under Branch Rickey's direction, the Cardinals were one of the first teams to experiment with uniform numbers, adopting them briefly and then abandoning them in the mid-1920s.

On July 12th, 1931, 45,715 fans are admitted to Sportsman's Park (seating capacity: 34,000) for a Cards-Cubs doubleheader.  The extra bodies are corralled in the outfield, with any hits into the throng counting as ground-rule doubles.  Thirty-two doubles are hit in the twin bill, 23 of them in game two, won by the Cards, 17-13.

Curt Flood won seven Gold Glove Awards in his last seven years with the team.  (first was in 1963)

Curt Flood was the only Cardinals player to lead the league in hits in the 1960s.

Robinson Field, the park where the Cardinals played from 1893-1920, featured a wooden roller coaster encircling the outfield.

Geronimo Pena was the last Cardinals player to hit home runs from both sides of the plate in a single game.  (4/17/1994)

Marty Marion is the only Cardinal shortstop to win a NL MVP (1944).

Larry Walker is the only (modern era) Canadian-born player ever to win a ML batting title.

Scott Rolen was once named Indiana's "Mr. Baseball."

During his 15 years in St. Louis, Ozzie Smith led all NL shortstops in assists five times, double plays four times, and fielding percentage seven times.

Hall of Famers, Bob Gibson and Stan Musial spent their entire careers with the Cardinals.

From 1957, the first year for the Gold Gloves, to 2003, the Cardinals have claimed 64 awards, more than any other franchise!

In 2003, Albert Pujols held the second best slugging percentage (.6667) ever for a 23 year old.  Willie Mays holds the best. (.6673)

The Cardinals retired uniform number 85 in honor of longtime owner August Busch.  The number corresponds with Busch's age when the franchise bestowed the honor on him in 1984.

John Tudor holds the franchise record for career winning percentage.  (62-26 over 5 seasons)

The "birds on the bat" logo was first worn on the Cardinals jersey in 1922.

Pitcher Bob Tewksbury won the most games (66) for the Cards in the 1990s.

Pitcher Donovan Osborne struck out the most batters (535) for the Cards in the 1990s.

The Cards play their first night game on July 31st, defeating the Reds 4-3 in ten innings.  (This was also the first-ever extra-inning night game.)

Cardinals 3rd baseman, Ken Boyer, had an uncredited guest appearance in the 1960s movie The Odd Couple.

As of 2009, the Cardinals were the last team to steal at least 300 bases in a season.  (1985)

At the 1963 MLB All-Star game in Cleveland, the NL starting infield was all Cardinals; Bill White (1B), Julian Javier (2B), Ken Boyer (3B), and Dick Groat (SS).  The NL won the game, 5-3.

Jack Clark hit more HRs off of Don Robinson than any other pitcher.

John Tudor struck out Daryl Strawberry more times (18) than any other hitter.

The Cardinals became the first team in NL history to reach 100 victories three seasons in a row.  (1942-1944)

The Cardinals have MVP award winners three years in a row from 1942 to 1944.  Mort Cooper, Marty Marion, Stan Musial.

"It's a big thrill, but it ain't like no stolen base."  -  Vince Coleman after hitting his first ML home run in 1985.

Mike Matheny had a 13 year MLB career and hold the ML catching record for consecutive errorless games (252) and for consecutive errorless chances (1,565)

Ray Lankford hit the most home runs (181) for the Cards during the 1990s.  Ray is also the ony Cardinal to have 200 HRs and 200 stolen bases in their Cardinals career.

Bob Forsch holds the Cardinal record for the most triples (8) by a pitcher.  (1974-1988)

Cardinal 3rd baseman Ken Reitz was nicknamed "The Zamboni Machine."

Cardinal reliever Al Hrabosky was nicknamed "The Mad Hungarian."

The 1926 World Series champion Cardinal team featured 6 future Hall of Famers.  (Jim Bottemley, Rogers Hornsby, Billy Southworth, Chick Hafey, Jesse Haines and Grover Cleveland Alexander)

 

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Team Pages

USA Today    CNNsi    Yahoo Sports    The Sporting News    ESPN    CBS SportsLine

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Cards Extra     Sports Network    Fox Sports

 

Baseball Reference Sites

 

WorldSeries.com      Baseball Hall of Fame     Ballparks.com     The Sporting News 100 greatest players

This Day in Baseball History     Baseball Reference     Todd's Dugout     Baseball Archive     Baseball Almanac

Baseball Think Factory   This Great Game    Love of the Game Productions

 

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Albert Pujols Family Foundation

Tony LaRussa's Animal Rescue Foundation

 

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Do you have St. Louis Cardinal collectibles or memoribilia sitting around collecting dust?  Why not send me an e-mail describing what you have?  I might make you an offer!

I collect anything having to do with the Cardinals.  My e-mail is listed below!  Thanks!

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Fan Web Pages

St. Louis Sports

Redbird Central

Birdhouse

Frank Frisch Web Site

Stan Musial Page

Card's Clubhouse
Al Hrabosky 90 Feet, Turn Left
Willie McGee Viva El Birdos
St. Louis Browns  

(If you have a "Cardinal" site and would like to submit a link, please e-mail me!)

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Greatest Game ever??

Maybe one of the greatest regular season games (at least for shear excitement) I can remember the Cardinals playing was played on June 23rd, 1984 against the Chicago Cubs.  This was a NBC "Game of the Week" and Bob Costas was the play-by-play announcer.

This was an amazing game from the start and many have called it one of the greatest games ever played!  Even though the Cards eventually lost 12-11 in eleven innings, I too think it was a great game.  Here are the some of the many highlights:

- The Cards go up 7-1 off of Steve Trout and then take a 9-3 lead towards the middle innings.

-  Apparently there was some controversy early in the game between Whitey Herzog and the home plate umpire, Doug Harvey.  (It may have had something to do with Herzog wanting some balks called.)

-  Willie McGee had 6 RBIs and hit for the cycle.

-  Ozzie Smith put on a defensive show up the middle early in the game.

-  Ryne Sandburg goes 5 for 6 with 7 RBIs and 2HRs.

-  Due to an injury, the Cubs only have 24 players available.

-  The Cards give the Cubs 9 walks and 1HBP.

-  Sandburg ties the game with his first home run of the game in the bottom of the 9th, 9-9, off of Bruce Sutter.

-  In the top of the 10th, the Cards score two runs off of big Lee Smith.

-  In the bottom of the 10th, Bruce Sutter gets the first two Cubs batters out easily, and up comes Bobby Dernier.   Sutter battles Dernier to a 3-2 count.  The next pitch is close enough for a strike and Dernier looked like he went around as well with a check swing, but the umpire (Harvey) called neither and he walked.  The next batter, Sandburg hits the first pitch from Sutter out of the park for his second home run against Sutter in the game and ties up the score again.  (This was an unbelievable at-bat because the Cards should have had him struck out on the called third strike, or at least on a the check swing and they probably would have gone on to win the game... instead the game is tied and goes into the 11th!!!)

-  In the bottom of the 11th, Leon Durham leads off the inning with a walk (and we all know what happens with a lead off walk...) from Jeff Lahti.   Durham then steals second and goes to third on Porter's throwing error.  Herzog then decides to walk the next two to load the bases and brings the infield in for the play at the plate.  Frey counters with his last position player, Dave Owen, and he sends a little flare to right field to win the game... Unbelievable!!!!

There were tons more story lines in this game, but these are some of the best!

(Please e-mail me with your most memorable game!)  

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Books (that I own) about the Cardinals

 

St. Louis Cardinals - Yesterday & Today, Bruce Herman, West Side Publishing, 2008 (ISBN: 1-4127-1504-0)

The Gashouse Gang, John Heidenry, Public Affairs Books, 2007 (ISBN: 1-58648-419-2)

Tales from The Cardinals Dugout, Bob Forsch with Tom Wheatley, Sports Publishing LLC, 2003 (ISBN: 1-58621-671-X)

For Cardinal Fans Only!, Rich Wolfe, Lone Wolfe Press,2003 (ISBN: 0-9729249-4-9)

Whitey's Boys, Rob Rains & Alvin Reid, Triumph Books, 2002 (ISBN: 1-57243-485-6)

A Special Season, Rob Rains, Sports Publishing LLC, 2002 (ISBN: 1-58261-657-4)

Remembering Jack, Rich Wolfe, 2002 (ISBN: 0-9664912-5-4)

Ozzie Smith - Road to Cooperstown, Ozzie Smith & Rob Rains, Sports Publisher,LLC, 2002 (ISBN: 1-58261-598-5)

Cardinal's Collection, 100 years of St. Louis Cardinals Images, Mark Strange, Orange Fraizer Press, 2002 (ISBN: 1-882203-85-2)

You're Missin' a Great Game, Whitey Herzog & Johnathan Pitts, Simon & Schuster, 1999 (ISBN: 0-684-85314-0)

The I-55 Series, Cubs vs. Cardinals, George Castle & Jim Rygelski, Sports Publishing, Inc. 1999 (ISBN: 1-58261-032-0)

The St. Louis Cardinals Encyclopedia, Bob Broeg & Jerry Vickery, Masters Press, 1998, (ISBN: 1-57028-171-8)

Celebrating 70: Mark McGwire's Historic Season, Bernie Miklasz, Ron Smith, Mike Eisenbath, Dave Kindred, The Sporting News Publishing, 1998, (ISBN: 0-89204-622-8)

Redbirds - A Century of Cardinals' Baseball, Bob Broeg, Walsworth Publishing, 1992, (ISBN: 1-56166-075-2)

If I were a St. Louis Cardinal, Joe D'Andrea, Picture Me Books, Inc, 1994, (ISBN: 1-878338-65-X)

Jack Buck - That's a Winner, Jack Buck with Rob Rains & Bob Broeg, Sangamore Publishing, 1997, (ISBN: 1-57167-110-0)

This Date in Cardinal History, John Leptich & Dave Baranowski, Stein and Day Publishers, 1983, (ISBN: 0-81286-133-7)

Baseball - An Illustrated History, Geoffrey C. Ward & Ken Burns, Knoff Publishing, 1994, (ISBN: 0-67940459-7)

The St. Louis Cardinals, Rob Rains, St. Martins Press, 1992, (ISBN: 0-312-07089-6)

Snap me Perfect - The Darrell Porter Story, Darrell Porter with William Deerfield, Thomas Nelson Publisher, 1984, (ISBN: 0-8407-5367-5)

Wizard, Ozzie Smith with Rob Rains, Contemporary Books, 1988, (ISBN: 0-8092-4594-9)

October 1964, David Halberstam, Villard Book Publishing, 1994, (ISBN: 0-67941560-2)

St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Trivia, Morris Jenkins, 1989

White Rat - A Life in Baseball, Whitey Herzog & Kevin Horrigan, Harper & Row, 1987, (ISBN: 0-06080710-8)

Red - A Baseball Life, Red Schoendienst with Rob Rains, Sports Publishing Inc, 1998, (ISBN: 1-57167-200-1)

Where's Harry, Steve Stone with Barry Rozner, Taylor Publishing, 1999, (ISBN: 0-87833-233-2)

The Mac Attack: The Road to 62 and Beyond, Trade Life Book, 1998, (ISBN: 1-57757-062-6)

Mark McGwire, David Fisher, Andrews McMeel Publishing, 1999, (ISBN: 0-8362-1462-5)

Mark McGwire - Mac Attack, Rob Rains, Sports Publishing Inc, 1998 (ISBN: 1-58261-004-5)

Home Run Heroes, Simon & Schuster, 1998, (ISBN: 0-684-86357-X)

The Cardinals Fan's Little Book of Wisdom, Rob Rains, Diamond Communications, 1994, (ISBN: 0-912083-77-8)

Musial - From Stash to Stan the Man, James N. Giglio, University of Missouri Press, 2001, (ISBN: 0-8262-1336-7)

Baseball from A-Z, A children's book by the Cardinals wives. 2003

"Bullet Bob" Comes to Louisville, John Morris, Diamond Communications, 1999, (ISBN: 1-888698-20-9)

A View from Second Base, Tom Herr, Double Day Press, 1998, (ISBN: 09663875-0-3

Fleeter Than Brids, Doug Feldmann, McFarland Publishers, (ISBN: 0-7864-1165-1)

The Long Season, Jim Brosnan, Dell Publishers, 1960

Where Have You Gone?, Rob Rains, Sports Publishing Inc, 2005, (ISBN: 1-58261-155-6)

A Painted House, John Grishham, Bantam Dell, 2001, (ISBN: 0-440-23722-X)

3 Nights in August, Buzz Bissinger, First Mariner Books, 2005, (ISBN: 0-618-71053-1)

Cardinals Journal, John Snyder, Emmis Books, 2006, (ISBN: 1-57860-254-8)

We Shocked the World, St. Louis Post Dispatch, 2006, (ISBN: 0-9661397-7-1)

Pujols - More Than The Game, Scott Lamb & Tim Ellsworth, Thomas Nelson Inc, 2011, (ISBN: 978-1-59555-224-2)

For the Love of the Cardinals, Frederick C. Klein, 2007, (ISBN: 978-1-60078-019-6)

Albert the Great, Rob Rains, Sports Publishing LLC, 2005, (ISBN: 1-58261-892-5)

St. Louis Cardinals Crossword Puzzle Book, Brendan Emmett Quigley, Cider Mill Press, 2008, (ISBN: 1-604433-050-3)

St. Louis Cardinals Decades - A Scrapbook of Memories, St. Louis Post Dispatch Books, Walsworth Publishing Co, 2009, (ISBN: 978-0-09842084-1-8)

One Last Strike, Tony LaRussa with Rick Hummel,  HarperCollins, 2012, (ISBN: 978-0-06-220738-8)

Commish & the Cardinals, St. Louis Post Dispatch Books, 2007, (ISBN: 978-0-9661397-9-2)

 

 

 

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Sources:

    -  The St. Louis Cardinals: the 100th anniversary history / Rob Rains / 1992

    -  St. Louis Cardinals Encyclopedia / Bob Broeg, Jerry Vickery / 1998

   The Cardinals Fan's Little Book of Wisdom/ Rob Rains / 1994

   St. Louis Cardinals GameDay Magazine (many issues)

 

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