January 23 in Cardinals History

1967- Bob Howsam resigns and is replaced by Stan Musial.

 Four years removed from the playing field, Cardinal standout Stan Musial is named general manager of the team, replacing Bob Howsam, who resigned to take a similar post with Cincinnati. Although his tenure will last only ten months, ‘The Man’, who turned down the position shortly after he retired in 1963, will become the first GM to win a world championship in his first season on the job.

1968– Joe Medwick is Elected the to National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Medwick captured the NL triple crown in 1937 and ‘Ducky’, best known for years with the Cardinals as member of the Gashouse Gang, ended his 17-year career with a .324 batting average.

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Birthdays

Speed Walker (January 23, 1898 – June 20, 1959) was a Major League Baseball player. Walker played for St. Louis Cardinals in the 1923 season. He played just two games in his career, having two hits in seven at-bats, with one run scored, playing first base 

Cot Deal (January 23, 1923 – May 21, 2013)[1] was a pitcher and coach in Major League Baseball. Listed at 5 ft 10.5 in (1.79 m), 185 lb., Deal was a switch-hitter and threw right-handed. A native of Arapaho, Oklahoma, he grew up in Oklahoma City and was nicknamed “Cot” for his cotton-top hair color.

Wally Shannon (January 23, 1933 – February 8, 1992) was an American professional baseball player, a second baseman and shortstop who appeared in parts of two seasons for the 1959–1960 St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he batted left-handed, threw right-handed. In 65 Major League games, Shannon had 31 hits and a lifetime batting average of .263. After his retirement as a player, Shannon was a scout for the New York Mets during Bing Devine’s tenure as the team’s president.

Yairo Munoz (1995)

Deaths

Heinie Mueller 1975