June 2 in Cardinals History

This Date in Cardinals History

Grover Lowdermilk was purchased by Cardinals from Decatur (Three-I) in 1909.

Bobby Tiefenauer was purchased in 1960 by the Cardinals from the Cleveland Indians.

Cal Neeman is purchased by the Cleveland Indians from the Cardinals in 1963.

A trade is made between the Cardinals and Cubs in 1964 as Lew Burdette goes to Chicago and Glen Hobbie comes to St. Louis.

The Detroit Tigers traded Al Greene and John Martin to the Cardinals for Jim Lentine in 1980.

 Cardinals signed Andy Hassler in 1984 as a free agent.

In 2007, the Cardinals purchased Kelly Stinnett from the Dodgers.

 

Birthdays

LeahyTom Tom Leahy (June 2, 1869 – June 11, 1951) played his last season as a catcher with the Cardinals in 35 games with 97 at-bats in which he batted .227 with 24 hits. His last game was on October 1, 1905. 

 

 

BurnsFarmer Farmer Burns (June 2, 1876 – ? ) played in ONE major league game on July 6, 1901, for one inning where he walked one, allowed 2 hits and 1 earned run for a 9.00 ERA but didn’t figure into the win or loss. 

 

 

HorstmannOscar Oscar Horstmann (June 2, 1891 – May 11, 1977) pitched for the Cardinals from 1917-1919 and was 9-7 in 50 games with a 3.67 ERA and 176.2 innings pitched. His last game was on June 1, 1919. 

 

 

LillisBob Bob Lillis (June 2, 1930) was a middle infielder that wore the Cardinals uniform in 1961 and played in 86 games for them. He hit .217 with 50 hits in 230 at-bats. His last game came on September 17, 1967. Lillis started with the Dodgers and was behind Pee Wee Reese and then in 1961 Maury Wills claimed the starting job. After baseball, Lillis would go on to coach and manage in the major leagues. 

 

 

Larry_Jackson Larry Jackson (June 2, 1931 – August 28, 1990) was a right-handed pitcher that the Cardinals signed at a young age and he made his major league debut on April 17, 1955. In his eight seasons in a Cardinals uniform, he was 101-86 with a 3.67 ERA including 899 strikeouts.

 

 

BridgesMarshall Marshall Bridges (June 2, 1931 – September 3, 1990) was a pitcher for two seasons for the Cardinals. He made his debut on June 17, 1959, and went on to a 9-5 record with a 4.52 ERA in 47 games. He was released after the 1960 season. 

 

 

ValenzuelaBenny Benny Valenzuela (June 2, 1933) played in 10 games in his career all with the Cardinals in 1958. He had 14 at bats with 3 hits for a .217 batting average. 

 

 

 

FreedRoger Roger Freed (June 2, 1946 – January 9, 1996) played his last 3 seasons in a Cardinals uniform from 1977-1979. He was in 135 games, 206 at-bats, 63 hits, 9 home runs for a .306 average as a Cardinals player. He played his last game on September 28, 1979. He is known in Cardinals lore for his hitting a two-out, game-ending grand slam homer in the bottom of the 11th inning to beat the Houston Astros 7–6 on May 1, 1979.

 

 

ColesDarnell Darnell Coles (June 2, 1962) played near the end of his career with the Cardinals in 63 games and had 138 at-bats for a .225 batting average in 1995. 

 

 

 

Debuts

Tim Plodinec 1972

John Costello 1988

Brendan Ryan 2007

Maikel Cleto 2011

Lance Lynn 2011

 

Deaths

Bob McGraw 1978

Johnny Mize (HOF) 1993