February 19 in Cardinals History

1942- The Philadelphia Phillies purchased Sam Nahem from the St. Louis Cardinals.

1982- To complete the Ozzie Smith/Garry Templeton trade on this date, the San Diego Padres sent Al Olmsted (February 19, 1982) to the St. Louis Cardinals to complete the trade. The St. Louis Cardinals sent Luis DeLeon (February 19, 1982) to the San Diego Padres to complete the trade.

2008– The Cardinals signed Ron Villone as a free agent

Birthdays

Joe Marshall –  (February 19, 1876 – September 11, 1931), nicknamed “Home Run Joe”, was an outfielder in Major League Baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals. He also played 12 years in the minor leagues. He started his professional baseball career in 1897, in the Red River Valley League. He played on the Montana State League’s Helena Senators in early 1900 but was then traded to the Great Falls Indians for one player and US$200. The player he was traded for was future Hall of Famer Joe Tinker. The following season, Marshall went to the Spokane Blue Stockings of the Pacific Northwest League. He was a shortstop for the only time in his career and fielded at a .848 clip, but he also batted .291 and slugged 15 home runs. In 1902, he raised his batting average to .309 but hit just 6 homers.
1903 was Marshall’s big year. Playing for the San Francisco Pirates of the Pacific National League, he batted .343 with a league-leading 25 home runs. The home run total was more than double of any other player in the league. He also led the circuit in slugging percentage (.601) and total bases (282)[5] and was the overall “minor league slugging champion” that year.He was acquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates towards the end of the season, and he made his major league debut on September 7. In 10 games, he went 6 for 23 (.261) with 2 runs batted in. The Pirates won the National League pennant and faced the Boston Americans in the 1903 World Series. Marshall was in the teams’ dugout during the series[but did not play, and the Pirates lost in eight games. 
Marshall returned to the Pacific National League in 1904 and hit .345. His 10 homers ranked second overall. He then played for the Northwestern League’s Vancouver Veterans in 1905. By this time, he was being referred to as “Home Run Joe Marshall” by Sporting Life. He hit .298 with a league-leading 7 home runs that season (again more than double the total of any other player). However, he quit the team in late August, saying that he was “done with base ball.” The following season, Marshall was back in baseball, this time with the St. Louis Cardinals. He played in 33 games and batted .158 with 0 home runs and 2 RBI. His final major league appearance was on August 17, 1906. In 1907, Marshall returned to the Pacific Northwest League but batted just .197 in 17 games.  Here is a SABR bio of Marshall

Dick Siebert (February 19, 1912 – December 9, 1978) was an American first baseman in Major League Baseball who had an 11-year career from 1932, 1936-1945. He played for the Brooklyn Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals, both of the National League, and the Philadelphia A’s of the American League. his career had .282 batting average with 32 home runs and 482 runs batted in. He played for the Cardinals in 1937-1938.

Don Taussig (born February 19, 1932) is an American former professional baseball player. Born in New York, New York, he was an outfielder who played all or part of three seasons in Major League Baseball for the 1958 San Francisco Giants, 1961 St. Louis Cardinals, and 1962 Houston Colt .45s. He then spent all of 1961 on the St. Louis roster, appearing in 98 games, including 47 starts in the outfield. He batted .287 with 14 doubles, five triples and two home runs.

Jim Cosman  (February 19, 1943 – January 7, 2013) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs.His career numbers show that he ended his baseball playing with two wins and no losses and a 3.05 ERA. 

Chris Zachary  (February 19, 1944 – April 19, 2003) was a right-handed pitcher, who started 40 games over a 10-year career in Major League Baseball from 1963 to 1973 for five different teams. He won 10 games and lost 29 in his career with a 4.57 ERA. He played for the Cardinals in 1971. 

Miguel Batista (born February 19, 1971) is a Dominican former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Florida Marlins, Chicago Cubs, Montreal Expos, Kansas City Royals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Toronto Blue Jays, Seattle Mariners, Washington Nationals, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets and Atlanta Braves. The St. Louis Cardinals announced Miguel Batista signed a minor league deal on January 14, 2011. On Friday, April 22, with imminent severe weather moving into the area in the area and the increasingly likely threat of a rain delay at first pitch, the Cardinals opted to switch their starting pitcher for the game – calling on Batista to make his first start of the season in favor of scheduled starter Kyle McClellan. The rain began falling at the start of the game as predicted and the umpire crew opted for a rain delay. Two hours later the Cardinals were able to send their scheduled starter McClellan back to the mound while the opposing Cincinnati Reds had lost their starter.
The next day, this time after a 42-minute rain delay, the Cardinals again called on Batista – this time in relief in the 8th inning. After getting Ryan Hanigan to make the first out Batista ran into trouble. An error from third baseman David Freese put a man on 2nd with only one out. After striking out Brandon Phillips and intentionally walking Joey Votto, Batista hit Jonny Gomes with an 0–2 count to load the bases. He was then lifted in favor of lefty Trever Miller who would force home a run with a bases-loaded walk. Miller yielded to ex-closer Ryan Franklin who allowed a single by Miguel Cairo to plate two more runs and put Batista on the hook for the loss. Despite taking the loss, according to the commentators, Batista became the first pitcher since 2005 to start in a game and then relieve in the next game. He was released on June 22, after recording a 4.90 ERA in 29 1/3 inning