January 20 in Cardinals History

1933– The St. Louis Cardinals purchased Wally Gilbert from the Cincinnati Reds

1948– The Boston Red Sox purchased Tommy O’Brien from the St. Louis Cardinals

1997– Former outfielder Curt Flood, who played most notably with the Cardinals, dies of throat cancer at the age of 59. After being traded to the Phillies in 1969, the baseball pioneer refused to play for Philadelphia and challenged the owners’ reserve clause, taking the matter as far as the U.S. Supreme Court, where he lost the case, but laid the groundwork which would lead to free agency in professional sports.

Birthdays

Carl Taylor 1944

David Eckstein 1975

John Rodriguez 1974