July 28 in Cardinals History

 

  • In 1957 Cardinals pitcher Von McDaniel almost threw a perfect game but it was broken up on a bloop hit down the left field line by Gene Baker of the Pirates.¬†
  • Cardinal great Stan Musial only struck out three times in a game once and it was in 1963 at Wrigley Field facing Dick Ellsworth
  • During his induction speech at the Hall of Fame ceremonies in Cooperstown in 2002, with the song ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ playing in the background and with a copy of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ in his hands, Ozzie Smith compares his baseball career to Dorothy’s away trip from Kansas. Citing the recipe for his success during his 19-year career with the Cardinals and Padres, the 47-year-old tells the crowd he had the mind to dream, which the Scarecrow cherished, a heart to believe, which the Tin Man wanted, and courage to persevere, which the Lion lacked.
  • ¬†Cardinals signed Pedro Borbon as a free agent in 2003
  • In 2004, the Cardinals released Luis Ortiz.

Birthdays

  • Elmer Miller 1890
  • Joe Mathes 1891
  • Dick Simpson 1943

Debuts

  • TJ Mathews 1995
  • Dakota Hudson 2018

Deaths

  • Stan Yerkes 1940
  • Marty Kavanaugh 1960
  • Red Barrett 1990

Tracking Musial’s Home Runs

  • In 1957, he hit career #374 facing Pirates Bob Friend with a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 4th inning to tie the game.¬†

Bob Gibson’s Complete Games

  • 1970- He beat the Braves 6-4 for complete game #176 with 9IP/12H/4ER/1BB/7K.

 

Walk-Off Winners came in 2002 and 2007. WOW