February 8 in Cardinals History

1968– The St. Louis Cardinals traded Pat Corrales and Jimy Williams to the Cincinnati Reds for Johnny Edwards

1982– The Cleveland Indians purchased Mike Stanton from the St. Louis Cardinals

2002– The St. Louis Cardinals purchased Eduardo Perez from Hanshin Tigers (Japan Central)

2013The Cardinals break ground to build Ballpark Village across from Busch Stadium

Birthdays

Buddy Blattner (February 8, 1920 – September 4, 2009), commonly known as “Buddy” or “Bud” Blattner, was an American table tennis and baseball player and radio and television sportscaster.
A graduate of Beaumont High School in St. Louis, Blattner played table tennis in his youth, winning the world men’s doubles championship in 1936. He started his baseball career with the St. Louis Cardinals, making his big-league debut in the 1942 season. Following a stint in the U.S. Navy, Blattner played for the New York Giants (1946–48) and Philadelphia Phillies (1949), playing primarily at second base.Blattner turned to broadcasting after his retirement as a player, teaming with Dizzy Dean on St. Louis Browns radio as well as nationally on the Liberty and Mutual networks, and on the televised baseball Game of the Week on ABC (1953–54) and CBS (1955–59). He was replaced on CBS by Pee Wee Reese following a dispute with Dean. He continued to broadcast baseball for the Cardinals (1960–61), Los Angeles/California Angels (1962–68), and Kansas City Royals (1969–75) as well as on NBC in 1969. He also called games for the St. Louis Hawks of the National Basketball Association in the ’50s.

Harvey Branch (born February 8, 1939) was a left-handed pitcher who had a seven-year career in minor league baseball, but whose Major League tenure consisted of a single game in the uniform of the St. Louis Cardinals on September 18, 1962.
 He originally signed with the Chicago Cubs in 1958 and spent five years in their minor league system. In 1962, after Branch enjoyed a second consecutive successful season with the Double-A San Antonio Missions — recording 216 strikeouts in 237 innings pitched— the Cubs traded him to the Cardinals on September 1 for right-handed pitcher Paul Toth.
Seventeen days later, Branch made his MLB appearance as the Cardinals’ starting pitcher — against Toth and the Cubs at Wrigley Field. He yielded a solo home run to Ron Santo in the second inning, walked in a run in the third, and gave up a third run on a triple and a ground ball out in the fifth. He left the game for a pinch hitter, Red Schoendienst, in the top of the sixth inning with St. Louis trailing, 3–1. Branch was the losing pitcher in an eventual 4–3 Redbird defeat. (Toth got the victory.)All told, Branch yielded five hits and three earned runs in his five innings of work, with five walks and two strikeouts. Those would also stand as his career MLB totals.

Keith McDonald (born February 8, 1973 in Yokosuka, Japan) is a former Major League Baseball catcher and right-handed batter. He made his debut with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2000.
On July 4, 2000 McDonald became the third player in St. Louis history to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat. On July 6, he homered in his second at-bat, becoming only the second player in MLB history to hit HRs in each of his first two big league at bats. Bob Nieman, in 1951, is the other. McDonald hit a third home run that year, and is the only player in MLB history to have more than one home run in a career, but no other hits. In his first season McDonald batted .429 (3-7), with three homers, five RBI and three runs in six games. He returned the following season as a September call-up, and was hitless in two at-bats.