December 9 in Cardinals History

1965- Eleven days shy of his 84th birthday, former Cardinals, Dodgers, and Pirates executive Wesley Branch Rickey, named by ESPN in 1999 as the most influential sports figure of the twentieth century, suffers a heart attack, falling over the podium while beginning his remarks to an audience during his induction into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. ‘The Mahatma’, who is responsible for breaking the color barrier in 1947 with the signing of Jackie Robinson and implementing the concept of farm systems for the major leagues, will die three weeks later while in intensive care at Boone County Memorial Hospital.

1980- The Cubs trade reliever Bruce Sutter to the Cardinals for outfielder Leon Durham and infielder Ken Reitz. The future Hall of Fame closer will lead the league in saves in three of the four seasons he is with St. Louis.

2013– At the start of the annual Winter Meetings, Hall of Fame chairman Jane Forbes Clark announces managers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony LaRussa will be inducted into Cooperstown next summer. The trio of skippers, who have accumulated 7,558 regular-season wins, 17 pennants and eight World Series titles among them, were elected unanimously by the 16-member Expansion Era Committee.

2016– The Cardinals sign free agent Dexter Fowler to a 5-year contract.

Birthdays

Clarence Beers (1918)

Darold Knowles (1941)

Trading History and Transactions

1985: The Houston Astros sent Mark Ross to the St. Louis Cardinals as part of a conditional deal.

1981: The St. Louis Cardinals purchased Vicente Romo from Coatzacoalcos (Mexican).

1981: The St. Louis Cardinals purchased Eric Rasmussen from Yucatan (Mexican).

1977: The Houston Astros traded Ron Selak (minors) to the St. Louis Cardinals for Randy Wiles.

1976: The New York Mets traded Leon Brown and Brock Pemberton to the St. Louis Cardinals for Ed Kurpiel (minors).

1975: The St. Louis Cardinals traded Ron Reed to the Philadelphia Phillies for Mike Anderson.

1974: The St. Louis Cardinals traded Ike Brookens to the Detroit Tigers for John Young.

1973: The St. Louis Cardinals traded Mike Nagy to the Houston Astros for Jay Schlueter.

1946: The Boston Braves purchased Red Barrett from the St. Louis Cardinals.

1935: The New York Giants traded Roy Parmelee, Phil Weintraub and cash to the St. Louis Cardinals for Burgess Whitehead.