December 15 in Cardinals History

December 15 in Cardinals History

2009 Bud Selig announces the establishment of a special committee, composed of managers and longtime executives who will explore “on-field matters”, that the baseball commissioner will chair. The 15 panel members include four owner representatives – Paul Beeston (Blue Jays), Dave Montgomery (Phillies), Chuck Armstrong (Mariners), and Bill DeWitt (Cardinals), three current managers – Tony La Russa (Cardinals), Jim Leyland (Rockies), and Joe Torre (Dodgers) along with Mike Scioscia (Angels), Orioles president for baseball operations Andy MacPhail, Indians GM Mark Shapiro, Braves president John Schuerholz, former Twins GM Terry Ryan, political columnist George Will, and Hall of Famer Frank Robinson.

Trading History and Transactions

1933– The St. Louis Browns purchased Ray Pepper from the St. Louis Cardinals.

1933– The St. Louis Browns purchased George Puccinelli from the St. Louis Cardinals.

1955– The St. Louis Cardinals signed Walker Cooper as a free agent.

1959– The San Francisco Giants traded Daryl Spencer and Leon Wagner to the St. Louis Cardinals for Don Blasingame

1962– The Cleveland Indians traded Jack Kubiszyn and Ron Taylor to the St. Louis Cardinals for Fred Whitfield

1964– The St. Louis Cardinals purchased Tito Francona from the Cleveland Indians

1964– The Pittsburgh Pirates traded Earl Francis and Ted Savage to the St. Louis Cardinals for Ronald Cox (minors) and Jack Damaska

1976– The St. Louis Cardinals traded Randy Wiles to the Chicago White Sox for Tony La Russa.

1983– The St. Louis Cardinals released Jeff Doyle.

1985– The St. Louis Cardinals signed Jerry White as a free agent.

1995– The St. Louis Cardinals signed Willie McGee as a free agent.

1999– The St. Louis Cardinals signed Mike Matheny as a free agent.

2001– The Boston Red Sox traded Rick Asadoorian (minors), Dustin Brisson (minors) and Luis Garcia (minors) to the St. Louis Cardinals for Dustin Hermanson

2002– The San Diego Padres traded Brett Tomko to the St. Louis Cardinals for a player to be named later and Luther Hackman. The St. Louis Cardinals sent Mike Wodnicki (minors) (December 16, 2002) to the San Diego Padres to complete the trade.

2003– The St. Louis Cardinals drafted Hector Luna from the Cleveland Indians in the 2003 rule 5 draft.

2011– The St. Louis Cardinals signed J.C. Romero as a free agent.


  • Art Howe (1946)
  • Mike Proly (1950)
  • Jimmy Sexton (1951)
  • Aaron Miles (1976)


Former Cardinals Deaths

Eddie Kazak- died 1999

eddie_kazak   Kazak enlisted and fought in World War II. He was injured in the Normandy invasion by a bayonet and shrapnel that entered the bone. He spent 18 months in the hospital and was told he could never play baseball. He defied the odds and made his major league debut with the Cardinals on September 29, 1948 as a third baseman. He played in the major leagues until his last game on July 1, 1952. In his career he batted .273 with 165 hits and 11 home runs.