May 21 in Cardinals History

This Date in Cardinals History


The Cardinals released Gene Mauch in 1952.

The  Cardinals signed Roy Smalley and Bill Wight as free agents in 1958.

In 1970, Steve Carlton strikes out 16 batters in a loss to the Phillies. Two days later  Bob Gibson fans 16 facing the Phillies. 

The Cardinals signed Dick Selma in 1973 as a free agent.

 The Cardinals signed Don Hahn as a free agent in 1975.

The Cardinals released Eli Marrero in 2007.

In 2009, the letter “I’’ on the Big Mac Land sign at Busch Stadium is knocked out by Albert Pujols’s first-inning blast off Sean Marshall in the Cardinals’ 3-1 victory over Chicago. During any game, if a Cardinal player hits a home run into Big Mac Land, built in the left field stands (section 272) as a tribute to Mark McGwire, everyone at the game is entitled to redeem their ticket for a free Big Mac® at all participating restaurants in the fast-food chain.

The Cardinals signed Luis Montanez as a free agent in 2012.




475 career home runs

On this date in 1948, Musial hits his 77th career home run and 6th of the season off Warren Spahn in the top of the 8th inning. the Cardinals were trailing 2-0 when he hit the solo shot.
May 21, 1954, Stan smacked his 14th homer of the season and 271st of his career. It was against Frank Smith of Cincinnati in the bottom of the 7th. The Cardinals were trailing 5-2 and Musial hit a GRAND SLAM home run.
Don Elston was on the hill for the Chicago Cubs with the game tied 3-3 in the top of the 9th inning when Musial hit a 3-run home run for his 432nd of his career and 3rd of the season.



McDougalSandy Sandy McDougal (May 21, 1874 – October 2, 1910) pitched in five major league games. 




HearnBunny Bunny Hearn (May 21, 1891 – October 10, 1959) His career marks show his record as 13-24 with a 4.91 ERA and 111 strikeouts.



WardDick Dick Ward (May 21, 1909 – May 30, 1966)  He posted no wins or losses and had a 3.00 ERA with one career strikeout.



Moe_ThackerJoe Thacker  (May 21, 1934 – November 13, 1997) played for the Cardinals in 1963 as an infielder. 




WidgerChris Chris Widger (1971)  In his career he drove in 222 runs with 55 home runs and batted .238 as a right-handed hitter. He also played first base for a few games.


  • Frank Belcher 1910
  • Bart Zeller 1970
  • Charlie Hudson 1972



  • Jack McAdams 1937
  • Les Fusselman 1970
  • Cot Deal 2013