June 3 in Cardinals History

In 1902, Cardinal right-hander Mike O’Neil hits the first pinch-hit grand slam in major league history. The hurler’s ninth inning blast off Beaneater Togie Pittinger proves to be the difference in the Redbirds’ 11-9 victory over Boston at South End Grounds.

The Pittsburgh Pirates traded Ed Karger to the Cardinals for Chappie McFarland in 1906.

In 1951, with two outs in the second inning of an eventual 1-0 loss to the Giants, Cardinals’ southpaw Max Lanier walks Monte Irvin, gives up a double down the right-field line to Willie Mays, and then intentionally walks Hank Thompson to load the bases. The St. Louis lefty will get out of the early jam by striking out opposing pitcher Dave Koslo, but the frame will mark the first time in major league history a trio of black players occupies three bases at the same time.

The Cardinals traded Del Rice to the Milwaukee Braves for Pete Whisenant in 1955.

The Cincinnati Reds purchased Dick Egan in 1965 from the Cardinals

The Montreal Expos traded Mudcat Grant to the Cardinals in 1969 for Gary Waslewski.

Birthdays

DwyerJim Jim Dwyer (1950) played for the Cardinals from 1973-1975 as he debuted on June 10, 1973. In his 18-year major league career, Dwyer was a .260 hitter (719-for-2761) with 77 home runs and 349 RBI in 1328 games, including 409 runs, 115 doubles, 17 triples, 26 stolen bases, and a .353 on-base percentage. In four postseason games, he hit .333 (4-for-12), including one home run, two doubles, four runs, and one RBI. He also collected a career 103 pinch-hits.

 

Harrison Bader- As of 2018, he was playing in the major leagues after some time at AAA Memphis.

 

Debuts

Bill Lewis 1933

Greg Mathews 1986

Yadier Molina 2004 (went 2-for-4 and in this game both managers were ejected)

Mark Worrell 2008

 

Deaths

Bill Kellin 1945

Jakie May 1970

Bob Glenn 1977