Musial retired. Things will be different. What will it take to stir things up?
Broglio traded for Brock
The Cardinals are struggling early in the season and then on June 15th, the trade deadline, GM Bing Devine, trades fan favorite and 20-game winner Ernie Broglio and Bobby Shantz to the Chicago Cubs for Doug Clemens and outfielder Lou Brock and two more pitchers. This will turn into a great deal for the Cardinals.
Curt Flood on Fire
Curt Flood is on fire and connects on eight consecutive hits in a double header against the Dodgers on August 16th. The very next day, Bing Devine is fired and Bob Howsam is named the new general manager.
The Cardinals Win First Pennant Since 1946
It goes to the final day, October 4th, to be sure the Cardinals win the pennant with a 11-5 win over the Mets and finish 93-69. The Reds and Phillies are on game back of the lead. The Cardinals win first pennant since 1946.
Ken Boyer is named the NL MVP with 119 RBI’s and newcomer Lou Brock bats .348 and steals 33 bases.
Ken Boyer hits a grand slam home run in Game 4, with the Cardinals down 2 games to 1, to propel them to a 4-3 win at Yankee Stadium.
The next day, Tim McCarver smacks a three run homer in the 10th inning for a 5-2 win and puts the Cardinals up in the series.
October 15th, the Cardinals win the World Series over the Yankees with a 7-5 win. It is the first championship in 18 years for St. Louis.
World Series: St. Louis Cardinals (4) defeated New York Yankees (3)
World Series Game 1 Played on Wednesday, October 7, 1964 (D) at Busch Stadium I
BOX+PBP WP: Sadecki (1-0) LP: Ford (0-1) SV: Schultz (1) HR: Tresh (1), Shannon (1)
World Series Game 2 Played on Thursday, October 8, 1964 (D) at Busch Stadium I
BOX+PBP WP: Stottlemyre (1-0) LP: Gibson (0-1) HR: Linz (1)
World Series Game 3 Played on Saturday, October 10, 1964 (D) at Yankee Stadium I
BOX+PBP WP: Bouton (1-0) LP: Schultz (0-1) HR: Mantle (1)
World Series Game 4 Played on Sunday, October 11, 1964 (D) at Yankee Stadium I
BOX+PBP WP: Craig (1-0) LP: Downing (0-1) SV: Taylor (1) HR: Ken Boyer (1)
World Series Game 5 Played on Monday, October 12, 1964 (D) at Yankee Stadium I
BOX+PBP WP: Gibson (1-1) LP: Mikkelsen (0-1) HR: McCarver (1), Tresh (2)
World Series Game 6 Played on Wednesday, October 14, 1964 (D) at Busch Stadium I
BOX+PBP WP: Bouton (2-0) LP: Simmons (0-1) SV: Hamilton (1) HR: Maris (1), Mantle (2), Pepitone (1)
World Series Game 7 Played on Thursday, October 15, 1964 (D) at Busch Stadium I
BOX+PBP WP: Gibson (2-1) LP: Stottlemyre (1-1) HR: Linz (2), Mantle (3), Clete Boyer (1), Brock (1), Ken Boyer (2)
Keane Resigns; Schoendienst Hired
The next day after the completion of the World Series, Cardinals manager Johnny Keane resigns in protest of the earlier firing of Bing Devine. He gets a job with the Yankees after Yogi Berra is fired in New York.
Red Schoendienst is named the new Cardinals manager.