August 20 in Cardinals History

This Date in Cardinals History

1900– Louie Heilbroner takes over as manager with no experience.

Patsy Tebeau resigns as Cardinals manager. Owner wants John McGraw to be player /manager but he refuses. Louie Heilbroner, 4’9″ director of concessions for the team, is told it is his new job. He does the job but all the decsions are made by McGraw. He ends with a 23-25 record.

1939-Pepper Martin has three hits and Johnny Mize smacks two home runs in a doubleheader sweep of the Reds to improve their pennant chances.

1955– The St. Louis Cardinals purchased Al Gettel from Oakland

1959– The Kansas City Athletics selected Ray Jablonski off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals.

1997– The St. Louis Cardinals released Erik Hiljus.

1998–  At Shea Stadium, Cardinal first baseman Mark McGwire becomes the first player in major league history to hit 50 home runs in three consecutive seasons.

2016- #1 Cardinals prospect, Alex Reyes, picked up his first major league save in the 11th inning against the Phillies. Jedd Gyorko tied it in the 9th with a two-run one out blast.

Birthdays

Gene Woodburn 1886

Bill Crouch 1907

Larry Miggins 1925

Fred Norman  1942

Tom Brunansky 1960

Andy Benes 1967

Josh Pearce 1977

 

Debuts

Howie Pollet 1941

Harvey Haddix 1952

Todd Worrell 1985

Britt Reames 2000