Cardinals purchased Mel Almada from the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1940.
The first game in franchise history against the visiting Cardinals, in 1962, features many familiar faces on the opposing team when the Colt .45’s beat the Redbirds, 4-3. Houston had been the farm club for St. Louis, and many of their players had come through Texas on their way to the big leagues.
The San Diego Padres traded Randy Byers to the Cardinals in 1989 for Jeremy Hernandez
The Cardinals released Luis Rivera in 1995.
Bob Ewing (April 24, 1873 – June 20, 1947) played for the Cardinals in one game which was his last on May 13, 1912. However, he was in the major leagues for eleven seasons and was 124-118 in his career with a 2.49 ERA along with 998 strikeouts. He was a spitball pitcher.
Red Worthington (April 24, 1906 – December 8, 1963) played for the Cardinals for one season (1934). He had one at bat for them and struck out. Prior to that he played in 4 seasons for Boston and has a career .287 batting average.
Glenn Hobbie (April 24, 1936 – August 9, 2013) was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for veteran pitcher Lew Burdette on June 2, 1964, but his last MLB appearance came only seven weeks later. Overall, he posted a 62–81 won-lost record, 682 strikeouts and a 4.20 earned run average in 284 games pitched (170 as a starter) during his Major League career, with 45 complete games and 11 shutouts; he also earned six saves in relief. He surrendered 1,283 hits and 495 bases on balls.
Carlos Beltran born in 1977 and is still an active player in 2016 for the Yankees. On December 22, 2011, Beltrán agreed to a two-year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals worth $26 million which included a full no-trade clause. After Beltrán signed with the Cardinals, he attained numerous milestones, personal as well other firsts.
Rube Geyer 1910
Jimmy Whelan 1913
Walt Irwin 1921
Al Papi 1948
Eric Fornataro 2014