June 19 in Cardinals History

This Date in Cardinals History


1936–  Flint Rhem was purchased from the Cincinnati Reds by the Cardinals. 

1959– Solly Hemus is released. 

1961– The Los Angeles Angels purchased Joe Koppe from the St. Louis Cardinals for $1,000

1996- 15-time All Star Ozzie Smith announces he will retire at the end of the season. He was elected to the Hall of Fame on his first ballot. 

2007– Tomo Ohka is signed as a free agent.



Harry Betts  (June 19, 1881 – May 22, 1946) had his major league debut on September 22, 1903 and in 9 innings of work that year he allowed 11 hits, 10 earned runs, 5 walks and 2 strikeouts. It wouldn’t be for another 10 years before he pitched in the majors again. (it was for only one game)


Don Gutteridge (June 19, 1912 – September 7, 2008) in 1936 in his second career game, Gutteridge had six hits in a doubleheader. Included was an inside-the-park home run and he stole home twice. His career ended with a .236 batting average. 


Don Ferrarese (1929)  played his final major league season with the Cardinal in 1962. In that year he had a 2.70 ERA along with a 1-4 record.  He was 19-36  and earned a 4.00 ERA in his career.


Jerry Reuss (1949) made his debut late in the 1969 season and ended in 1971 when he was traded to the Astros for Scipio Spinks. He was traded because he wanted a larger salary increase than owner August Busch wanted to give him.

Rudy Arroyo (1958) In his 9 games for the Cardinals in 1971 he was 0-1 and allowed 18 hits, 7 earned runs in 11.2 innings of work. 

Oscar Taveras (June 19, 1992 – October 26, 2014) He was a top prospect that got plenty of mention before his made his debut. He hit a home run in his first game he ever played. He died on October 26, 2014, when his car ran off the road and struck a tree. 





Al Burch 1906

Hal Kime 1920

John Fulgham 1979

Mark Salas 1984

Bo Hart in 2003 – He was 2-for-3 with a double Boxscore