December 18 in Cardinals History
2001- Filling the void created by Mark McGwire’s unexpected retirement, the Cardinals sign first baseman Tino Martinez to a $21 million, three-year contract. After he was replaced in the Yankees lineup by Jason Giambi, the former Bronx Bomber said the Cardinals were his first choice as a free agent.
2004- Two days after trading pitching ace Tim Hudson (17-8, 4.43) to the Braves, the A’s deal Mark Mulder to the Cardinals for starting pitcher Dan Haren, reliever Kiko Calero and minor league catching prospect Daric Barton. Five of the six players obtained by giving up two-thirds of the team’s ‘Big Three’ are expected to be part of the opening day roster for Oakland.
Trading History and Transactions
1972– The Philadelphia Phillies traded Byron Browne to the St. Louis Cardinals for Keith Lampard
2004– The St. Louis Cardinals traded Daric Barton, Kiko Calero and Dan Haren to the Oakland Athletics for Mark Mulder
Coaker Triplett (1911)
Gini Cimoli (1929)
Mike Gulan (1970)
Jose Rodriguez (1974)
Former Cardinal player Bill Howerton died on this date in 2001.