June 11 in Cardinals History

HISTORY OF CARDINALS

With the game tied in the 15th inning, catcher Mike Gonzalez steals home with two outs to garner a win for starter Bill Doak. Doak surrendered all four runs in the first inning. of this game in 1917. 

The Cardinals and Browns make a deal in 1949 with the Cardinals getting Don Richmond and the Browns securing Bobby Young.

Mike Lee is released in 1962. 

The Cardinals trade Leron Lee and Fred Norman to the Padres for Al Santorini in 1971. 

The Cardinals, in 2002, send Seth Davidson to the Twins for Warren Morris. 

 

Birthdays

BresnahanRoger Roger Bresnahan (June 11, 1879 – December 4, 1944)  Before coming to the Cardinals, he shifted to catcher full-time in 1905 and on Opening Day in 1907, Bresnahan began to experiment with protective gear. Though Negro league catcher Chappie Johnson wore protective gear and Nig Clarke wore similar gear in MLB in 1905, most catchers did not wear any protective equipment. Bresnahan practiced in shin guards that are worn in cricket during spring training, and debuted them on April 11, 1907. Fans, used to seeing catchers play without protective equipment, threw snowballs on the field, and without police at the game, umpire Bill Klem called off the game, with the Giants forfeiting to the Philadelphia Phillies. The press also criticized the use of shin guards. However, other catchers began to adopt Bresnahan’s idea. Though Pittsburgh Pirates manager Fred Clarke protested Bresnahan’s gear to the league, the protest was denied and the equipment was approved. He was traded to the Cardinals in 1905 and also was given the duties as player-manager with the Cardinals until his departure after the 1912 season. 

 

Wheezer_Dell Wheezer Dell (June 11, 1886 – August 24, 1966) made his debut in a Cardinals uniform on April 22, 1912. He was the first Nevada born player to reach the major leagues. In his career, he won 19 games and lost 23 with a 2.55 ERA and 198 strikeouts. 

 

Debuts

John Vann 1913

 

Deaths

Tom Leahy 1951

Frank Woodward 1961

Jim Konstanty 1976

Fred Martin 1979