June 5 in Cardinals History

This Date in Cardinals History

1913– Cardinals owner Chris Von der Ahe died.

1932– The St. Louis Cardinals purchased Mickey Heath from the Cincinnati Reds.

1932– The Cincinnati Reds purchased Harvey Hendrick from the St. Louis Cardinals.

1934- The St. Louis Cardinals purchased Jim Lindsey from St Paul (American Association).

1949–  The five-year ban placed on players who jumped to the Mexican League is lifted by Commissioner Happy Chandler because with some players planning to sue Major League Baseball on antitrust grounds for reinstatement the owners do not want a courtroom challenge to the reserve clause. Lou Klein, who left the first-place Cardinals two months into the 1946 season to play south of the border with Vera Cruz, will be the first exile to return the major leagues when he singles and and scores as a pinch-hitter in the Redbirds’ victory over Brooklyn at Sportsman’s Park on June 16.

1962- The St. Louis Cardinals traded Alex Grammas and Don Landrum to the Chicago Cubs for Daryl Robertson and Bobby Smith.

1987– The San Francisco Giants purchased Ivan de Jesus from the St. Louis Cardinals.

2008– At Nationals Park, Mark Worrell becomes the eighth player in Cardinals history to hit a home run in his first big league at-bat. The rookie reliever, who also pitched two scoreless innings, hit his monstrous three-run blast on a 3-2 pitch from Washington’s Tim Redding in the sixth inning of a 10-9 St. Louis loss.

2009–  Twitter reaches a settlement with Tony La Russa, who claimed an unauthorized page on the site that used his name caused emotional distress by mocking his DUI charge and minimizing the loss of two players who had died in recent seasons. The Cardinals’ manager drops his lawsuit when the social network agreed to pay legal fees and to make a donation to his Animal Rescue Foundation.



Chip Coulter (1945) played second base and pinch hit for the Cardinals in 1969. He made his debut on September 18, 1969 and played in 6 games with a .316 average. He played his final game on October 1, 1969 and produced a triple in his last major league at bat.

Ray Lankford (1967) spent 11 seasons with the Cardinals as he made his debut on August 21, 1997. He amassed 238 home runs an 874 runs batted along with a .272 batting average in his career. He was selected to the 1997 All Star squad.

Mike Coolbaugh  (June 5, 1972 – July 22, 2007) played for the Cardinals in 2002 as a reserve third baseman. In his career he hit .183 with 2 homers and 7 runs batted in.

On July 22, 2007, Coolbaugh was killed during the ninth inning of a game against the Arkansas Travelers in North Little Rock, Arkansas, when a line drive hit by Drillers catcher Tino Sanchez struck him in the neck while he was standing in the first base coach’s box.The impact pulverized Coolbaugh’s left vertebral artery, which supplies significant parts of the brain with blood. The result, according to Pulaski County Coroner Mark Malcolm, was a severe brain hemorrhage that essentially killed him on impact. Travelers general manager Pete Laven was among the first to reach the coaches box, along with Travelers team doctor James Bryan, team athletic trainer Brian Reinker and Gene France, a local doctor who was sitting near the first base dugout with his daughter and a family friend, both of whom are also physicians. France watched as Bryan administered a “deep pain” maneuver, applying pressure to various areas of his body, all with no response. CPR was administered to him on the field and he was breathing until the ambulance reached the hospital. Coolbaugh was pronounced dead at 9:47 pm CDT  less than an hour after being struck with the line drive.

On November 8, 2007, MLB general managers decided that base coaches would wear helmets starting in the 2008 season.


Nelson Burbank 1955

Wayne Granger 1968

Jess Todd 2009


Chuck Taylor 2018