December 19 in Cardinals History

1954– Wally Moon (.304, 12, 106) becomes the first Cardinal player to be selected by the BBWAA as the National League’s Rookie of the Year. The 24 year-old center fielder, who replaced Enos Slaughter in the St. Louis outfield, gets 17 of the 24 writers’ votes, with runners-up including future Hall of Famers Ernie Banks (4) and Hank Aaron (1).

Trading and Signings History

1945- The St. Louis Cardinals released Debs Garms.

1986- The St. Louis Cardinals signed Bob Forsch as a free agent.

1994- The St. Louis Cardinals signed Danny Sheaffer as a free agent.

1996- The San Francisco Giants traded Tom Lampkin to the St. Louis Cardinals for a player to be named later. The St. Louis Cardinals sent Rene Arocha (February 12, 1997) to the San Francisco Giants to complete the trade.

2002- The St. Louis Cardinals signed Russ Springer as a free agent.

2003- The St. Louis Cardinals signed Reggie Sanders as a free agent.

2005- The St. Louis Cardinals signed Ricardo Rincon as a free agent.

2007- The St. Louis Cardinals signed D’Angelo Jimenez as a free agent.

2007- The St. Louis Cardinals signed Jason LaRue as a free agent.

2012- The St. Louis Cardinals signed J.R. Towles as a free agent.

Birthdays

Art Butler (1887)

Herb Gorman (1924)

Tom Lawless (1956)

Russell Branyan (1975)

Tim Cooney (1990)

Former Cardinals Deaths

Bill Warwick 1984

Charlie Wilson 1970

Phil Gagliano 2016