January 22 in Cardinals History

Here is a brief look at the Cardinals history for January 22nd. 

1945– Stan “The Man” Musial enlists in the military and will miss the entire season. The Cardinals recall Albert “Red” Schoendienst to replace him and also give him uniform #6 to wear for the season.

1996– The New York Mets traded Yudith Ozorio (minors), Erik Hiljus and Eric Ludwick to the St. Louis Cardinals for Bernard Gilkey

Birthdays

 John Mercer was born on January 22, 1892 and became a first baseman in the major leagues for the St Louis Cardinals at the age of 20 where he played in one game on June 25, 1912. He had one at bat and no hits for his major league career. 

Diomedes Olivo  (January 22, 1919 – February 15, 1977), nicknamed “Guayubin” for his hometown, was a Dominican professional baseball player and scout. The left-handed pitcher appeared in 85 Major League Baseball pitched over all or part of three seasons between 1960 and 1963 for the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals. Prior to his minor league and Major League career, Olivo spent many years playing in his native Dominican Republic. He was the brother of fellow major leaguer Chi-Chi Olivo, and the father of major league pitcher Gilberto Rondón.

He posted a 55–29 win–loss record in the Double-A Mexican League from 1955–1959, then made his Major League debut with the Pirates at age 41 on September 5, 1960. His age at the time of his MLB debut is the oldest with the exception of Satchel Paige in the post-World War II era.In his first game, he pitched two scoreless innings of relief against the Milwaukee Braves, allowing one hit (to eventual Hall of Famer Eddie Mathews) and two bases on balls.

Olivo’s best MLB season came in 1962. At age 43, he worked in 62 games, all but one in relief, and posted a 5–1 record and 2.77 earned run average in 84⅓ innings pitched, with seven saves. He then was included, with shortstop Dick Groat, in a major off-season trade to the Cardinals, but while Groat sparkled in St. Louis, Olivo lost all five decisions and spent part of 1963 in the minor leagues. He retired at age 44 following that season. During his MLB career, Olivo allowed 112 hits and 39 bases on balls in 107⅓ innings pitched, striking out 85.

He scouted for the Cardinals after retiring from the field, and later held a position in the Ministry of Sports in his native country until his death on February 15, 1977.

Bobby Young (January 22, 1925 – January 28, 1985) was an American professional baseball player. He played all or part of eight years in Major League Baseball, primarily as a second baseman. He played most of his career for the St. Louis Browns/Baltimore Orioles franchise.

Born in Granite, Maryland, he was first signed by the St. Louis Cardinals before the 1946 season, and appeared in three games for them in 1948 before being traded to the crosstown Browns in June 1949. He was the Browns’ regular second baseman from 1951 to 1953, tying for the American League lead in double plays as a 1951 rookie with 118, and leading the league again in 1952 with 127.

He continued as the starting second baseman after the team relocated to Baltimore before the 1954 season, and was in fact the first player signed to a contract that year. But the move closer to his hometown didn’t produce strong results, and his batting average – which had hovered around the .250 mark – slipped to .245 in 1954 and to .199 in early 1955, leading to his trade to the Cleveland Indians in June. He played only 18 games for Cleveland over the rest of the season, and one game in 1955; his contract was sold to the Philadelphia Phillies in June 1957, and he appeared in 32 games for the Phillies in 1958, ending his career. Young batted .249 with 15 home runs and 137 runs batted in in 687 career games.

He spent part of 1957 with the Miami Marlins of the International League, where he, Woody Smith, Mickey Micelotta, and Pancho Herrera were considered to be one of the best infields in the International League, with one writer saying, “they make plays the Phillies couldn’t make.

Johnny Bucha  (January 22, 1925 – April 28, 1996) was an American Major League Baseball (MLB) catcher. Bucha made his MLB debut in 1948 with the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1952 he was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the Rule 5 draft. He was traded, along with Chuck Kress and Ernie Nevel to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954, in exchange for Wayne Belardi. His career consisted of 205 at bats with one home runs and 15 runs batted in.