July 17 in Cardinals History

Today in Cardinals History

  • Jesse Haines, a knuckleball pitcher and future Hall of Famer, no hits Boston in 1924 at Sportsman’s Park. 
  • Sheriff Blake is signed as a free agent in 1937 by the Cardinals.
  • In two days in 1961, Bill White gets 14 hits to tie a Ty Cobb record.
  • Bob Gibson gets his 3,000th strikeout as he puts away Cesar Geronimo in 1974


The baseball Bob Gibson blew by the bat of César Gerónimo on-this-date in 1974 for his 3000th career strikeout. The Spalding ball now resides at the Baseball HOF in Cooperstown.



  • In 2000, Chris Richard smacks a home run on the first pitch he ever sees in the major leagues. 
  • John Gall is released by Cardinals in 2006



Don Kessinger 1942



George Puccinelli 1930

Charlie Peete 1956

Ray Soff 1986

Chris Richard 2000 (see note above)


Jack Slattery 1949

Dizzy Dean 1974  (Hall of Famer)