December 17 in Cardinals History


1932– The Cardinals trade former National League Most Valuable Player Jim Bottomley to the Reds. The Redbirds get Estel Crabtree, who will play in only 23 games, and Ownie Carroll, who will be shipped to Brooklyn before the start of the season, in a deal which appears to be a steal for a nine-time .300 hitter and future Hall of Famer with productive years left.

Trading History and Transactions

1928– The St. Louis Cardinals purchased Fred Haney from Indianapolis (American Association)

1932– The St. Louis Cardinals traded Jim Bottomley to the Cincinnati Reds for Ownie Carroll and Estel Crabtree.

1986– The St. Louis Cardinals released Ken Dayley.

2008– The St. Louis Cardinals signed Joe Thurston as a free agent.


Rebel Oakes (1883)

Jack McAdams (1886)

Oscar Tuero (1893)

Ray Jablonski (1926)

Travis Tartamella (1987)

Other Notables

Ken O’Dea died on this date in 1985.