May 20 in Cardinals History


Paul Waner, in 1932, strokes four doubles in one game. The future Hall of Fame outfielder’s quartet of two-baggers enables the Pirates to beat the Cardinals at Sportsman’s Park, 5-0.

The Cardinals, in 1958, trade Alvin Dark to the Cubs in exchange for hurler Jim Brosnan. Both players will be productive on their new teams during the remainder of the season with ‘Blackie’ hitting .297 in 114 games for Chicago, and the newest Redbirds’ right-hander will compile an 8-4 record for St. Louis.

The Cardinals sign Curt Simmons as a free agent in 1960.

 The Cardinals sign Glenn Brummer as an amateur free agent in 1974.

In 2004, Cardinals’ catcher Mike Matheny handles his 1,295th chance without an error to establish a major league record for backstops. Charles Johnson, playing for Florida, had set the previous mark in 1997. 

The Cardinals trade Matt Adams and cash to the Atlanta Braves for minor leaguer Juan Yepez in 2017.



475 Career Home Runs

On May 20, 1944, Stan Musial hit his second home run of the season and the 26th of his career. It was in the bottom of the 8th inning and the Cardinals leading 6-0 when he smacked a 2-run homer with Ken Brondell on the mound.
On May 20, 1948, he hit his 5th of the season and 76th of his career off Hugh Casey of Brooklyn.
In 1954, Howie Judson was on the hill in Cincinnati when Musial connected in the top of the 2nd inning for a 2-run shot. The game was to tied 3-3 when he hit his 267th career home run.



 Jake Thielman (May 20, 1879 – January 28, 1928) was a right-handed pitcher that played for the Cardinals in 1905-1906 seasons before being traded to Cleveland. In his career, he had a 3.16 ERA with 158 strikeouts and a 30-26 record. 

John Murphy (May 20, 1879- April 20, 1949) played very briefly in the 1902 season. He had no career home runs and batted .240 with 2 runs batted in. 


ted-cather Ted Cather (May 20, 1889  – April 9, 1945) made his debut with the Cardinals on September 23, 1912. He played with the Cardinals until 1914 and ended as a career .252 hitter.




Lou Scoffic  (May 20, 1913 – August 28, 1997) played in four major league games and batter .429 for his career and added 2 RBI’s. 


boyerKen Ken Boyer (May 20, 1931 – September 7, 1982) was a third baseman and later became manager of the St. Louis Cardinals. He was an All-Star for seven seasons (11 All-Star Game selections), a National League (NL) Most Valuable Player (MVP), and a Gold Glove winner for five seasons. He was named the NL MVP in 1964 after batting .295 with 185 hits and leading the NL with 119 runs batted in, and leading the Cardinals to the World Series title. He hit over .300 for five seasons and hit over 20 home runs for eight seasons. He became the 2nd third baseman to hit 250 career home runs, retiring with the third highest slugging average by a third baseman (.462); he was the 3rd third baseman after Pie Traynor and Eddie Mathews to drive in 90 runs eight-times, and remains the only Cardinal since 1900 to hit for the cycle twice. When Boyer hit 255 home runs, he was 2nd to Stan Musial (475) with Cardinal career home runs; he held the team record for a right-handed hitter from 1962 until Albert Pujols passed him in 2007. Boyer also led the NL in double plays five-times and in fielding average once, and retired among the all-time leaders in games (6th, 1,785), assists (6th, 3,652) and double plays (3rd, 355) at third base. In 2014, Boyer appeared for the second time on the Hall of Fame’s Golden Era Committee election ballot for possible National Baseball Hall of Fame consideration. None of the ten candidates on the ballot were elected for the 2015 induction. The Committee meets every three years to consider retired players who played from 1947 to 1972.


StottlemyreTodd Todd Stottlemyre 1965) was a pitcher for the Cardinals from 1966-1968. He had a reputation as an emotional player. In his major league career, he won 38 games and lost 121. He ended with a 4. 28 ERA and struck out 1,587 batters.


Jimmie Schaeffer in 1961 he was the catcher and went 1-for-3 with a single in his first at-bat. Boxscore

Ryan Kurosaki in 1975 pitched 1.2 innings with no hits allowed 3 walks and one strikeout. Boxscore

Matt Adams in 2012 he was 2-for-4 with two singles  Boxscore 


Cardinals Players that Died on this Date

Frank Bird– Died May 20, 1958

Charlie Pickett–  Died May 20, 1969, in Springfield, OH

Bob Keely–  Died May 20, 2001, in Sarasota, FL