June 22 in Cardinals History

Cardinals History on June 22

1918– The St. Louis Cardinals traded a player to be named later, Marty Kavanagh, Tim Murchison and player to be named to Milwaukee (American Association) for Austin McHenry. The St. Louis Cardinals sent Dutch Distel (June 28, 1918) to Milwaukee (American Association) to complete the trade

1925– Max Carey gets two hits in both the first and eighth innings when the Pirates beat the Cardinals at Sportsman’s Park, 24-6. The feat will not be accomplished again until Rennie Stennett, also with Pittsburgh, collects two hits in one inning twice, the first and the fifth frames, in 1975.

1926– The Cardinals pick up future Hall of Famer Grover Cleveland Alexander, who was placed on waivers by the Cubs. The acquisition of ‘Old Pete’ will prove to be pivotal to the Redbirds’ World Series triumph over the Yankees when the 39 year-old right-hander wins Games 2 and 6 and saves Game 7 of the Fall Classic.

1928– In the top of the seventh inning at Wrigley Field, the Cardinals scored two runs on a homer by Jim Bottomley to take a 6-1 lead over the Cubs on Ladies Day. However, rain stopped the game during the top half of that frame and the score reverted back to the last complete inning, so Bottomley lost his sixteenth home run of the season.

1932– The National League finally approves the use of uniform numbers to identify players. Although some teams in the AL implemented digits on their jerseys on a regular basis a few seasons ago, the Senior Circuit had refused to follow suit, probably as the result of the Cardinals being harassed by opposing players and fans when they wore numerals on their sleeves in 1923.

1966– The Chicago Cubs purchased Curt Simmons from the St. Louis Cardinals

1983– The St. Louis Cardinals traded Doug Bair to the Detroit Tigers for a player to be named later. The Detroit Tigers sent Dave Rucker (July 5, 1983) to the St. Louis Cardinals to complete the trade

2002 A saddened Joe Girardi, the Cubs’ player rep, informs the Wrigley Field crowd the scheduled game between St. Louis and the Cubs are postponed due to the death of Darryl Kile, who is found dead in his Chicago hotel room as the result of a coronary disease. The 33-year-old Cardinal right-hander is the first active major league player to pass away during the regular season since 1979 when Yankee captain Thurman Munson was killed while practicing landing his plane at the Akron-Canton Airport.

2005– The Boston Red Sox sent Tim Hummel to the St. Louis Cardinals as part of a conditional deal

2006 In just his fourth major league start, Cardinals starter Anthony Reyes throws a one-hitter but is beaten by the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, 1-0. The only hit the Redbird Rookie right-hander gives up is Jim Thome’s seventh-inning solo home run.

2007– The Detroit Tigers traded Mike Maroth to the St. Louis Cardinals for a player to be named later. The St. Louis Cardinals sent Chris Lambert (August 30, 2007) to the Detroit Tigers to complete the trade




 Gus Thompson (June 22, 1877 – March 28, 1958) played two seasons in the major leagues. The 1903 year was with Pittsburgh when he made his debut on August 31. He didn’t play again until 1906 with the Cardinals. His career shows he was 4-13 as a pitcher with a 4.07 ERA and 58 strikeouts. He played his last game on September 21, 1906. 



George Puccinelli (June 22, 1907 – April 16, 1956) played outfield for two seasons (1930, 1932) for the Cardinals and hit 19 home runs with 102 runs batted in and a .283 career batting average in four total seasons. 



Mike Anderson (1951) played outfield from 1971-1979 in the major leagues with three teams. He played for the Cardinals in 1976-1977. In his career he hit .246 with 134 runs batted in and 28 home runs. 



ThomasRoy   Roy Thomas (1953)  On June 23, he was selected off waivers by the St. Louis Cardinals, and brought directly to the majors. In his first appearance with the Cardinals, Thomas earned a win by pitching two scoreless innings in an extra innings affair with the Pittsburgh Pirates



 YanEsteban  Esteban Yan (1975) was a reliever for the Cardinals during part of the 2003 season. One of his claims to fame came earlier in his career when on June 4, 2000, he hit a home run in his first major league at-bat, on the first pitch. He also had a single in his next at-bat, the only other of his career, giving him a 1.000 batting average and a 2.500 slugging percentage.

He also was mentioned in the comedy show The Simpsons along with Toma Ohka. 


 MotteJason  Jason Motte (1982) The Cardinals drafted him as a catcher in 2003 and he converted to pitching in 2006. Motte played a key role in the 2011 World Series championship run, saving five postseason games. In 2012, he led the National League (NL) in saves with 42.



Buster Brown 1905

Austin McHenry 1918

Curt Ford 1985

Nick Stavinoha 2008

Michael Blazek 2013


Charlie Hemphill 1953

Ron Kline 2002

Darryl Kile 2002