June 24 in Cardinals History

This Date in Cardinals History

 The Cardinals released Cowboy Jones in 1901.

 The St. Louis Cardinals released Mel Wright in 1959

In 1960, manager Solly Hemus benched Stan Musial at the start of the season as he wanted a youth movement in St. Louis. The 39-yr future Hall of Famer singles and stays in the line-up. 

 Cardinals traded Leo Burke to the Chicago Cubs for Barney Schultz in 1963.

The San Diego Padres purchased Don Hahn in 1975 from the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cardinals, in 1991, signed Bob McClure as a free agent.

The St. Louis Cardinals signed Bucky Jacobsen in 2002 as a free agent.

In 2005 the St. Louis Cardinals released Roger Cedeno.

 

Birthdays

 George Washington Harper (June 24, 1892 – August 18, 1978) played as an outfielder in Major League Baseball for six teams. Harper was three times among the league’s leaders in batting average and on-base percentage: 1922, 1927 and 1928. His .453 on-base percentage in 1927 was 3rd best in the National League.

Buster Adams (June 24, 1915,  – September 1, 1990,) made his major league debut on April 27, 1939, for the Cardinals, but appeared in only two games that season. He would return to the majors with the Cardinals in 1943, playing in eight games before being traded to the Phillies. 

Ken Reitz (1951) was nicknamed the “Zamboni” for his skill at scooping up ground balls on the artificial turf of Busch Memorial Stadium. Selected in the 31st round in 1969 as the 730th player, In his rookie season of 1973, replaced Joe Torre as the Cardinals’ starting third baseman. In both 1973 and 1974, he led all National League third basemen in fielding percentage. In 1975 he won a Gold Glove Award at the position, breaking Doug Rader’s streak of five consecutive Gold Gloves.

Sam Freeman (1987) former Cardinals reliever. 

 

Debuts

Brooks Lawrence 1954

Deaths

Billy Klusman 1907