This Date in Cardinals History
1939– The Philadelphia Phillies purchased Johnny Watwood from the St. Louis Cardinals.
1942– The St. Louis Cardinals released Estel Crabtree.
1947– The St. Louis Cardinals signed Joe Medwick as a free agent.
1954– The St. Louis Cardinals purchased Bob Boyd from the Chicago White Sox
1960- At Busch Stadium, George Crowe’s two-out ninth-inning pinch-hit home run to deep right field gives the Cardinals a 5-3 walk-off victory over Milwaukee. The round-tripper is “Big George’s” major league leading 11th career homer coming off the bench‚ breaking the mark he shared with Smoky Burgess and Gus Zernial when the season began.
1963– The St. Louis Cardinals signed Danny Breeden as an amateur free agent.
1998- Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire becomes the first player in major league history to hit 25 home runs before June 1. Ken Griffey Jr. is the only other player to hit 24 home runs before the start of the sixth month.
2000– Kyle Mura underwent Tommy John surgery.
2006– The St. Louis Cardinals signed Orber Moreno as a free agent.
2006– The St. Louis Cardinals released Brad Voyles.
2006– The St. Louis Cardinals signed Mike Rose as a free agent.
In 2016, Cardinals purchased Jose Martinez from the Kansas City Royals.
MUSIAL’S HOME RUN HISTORY
475 Career Home Runs
May 25, 1942, Stan hit his 5th home run of the year and his 6th career home run. It was in Cincinnati against Joe Beggs in the bottom of the 7th in a 3-3 game. It was a 3-run shot to right field.
Musial hit two home runs in one game on this date in 1953. The first was a 2-run homer in Chicago with the Cardinals behind 6-2. He was facing Sheldon Jones and it was Musial’s 250th career homer and the 3rd of the season. In game two, hit jacked a 3-run homer off Duke Simpson in the 8th inning. It was his 4th of the season and 251st of his career.
Johnny Beazley (May 25, 1918 – April 21, 1990) as a rookie in 1942, he went 21-6 with a 2.13 ERA for the Cardinals, as his 21 wins and ERA ranked him second in the National League behind teammate Mort Cooper (22 and 1.78).
Don Liddle (May 25, 1925 – June 5, 2000) is most remembered as the man who, in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series, threw the pitch to Vic Wertz that resulted in The Catch — Giant center fielder Willie Mays’ historic back-to-home-plate, over-the-shoulder grab of Wertz’ long drive with two men on base in the deepest part of center field at the Giants’ home field, the Polo Grounds. Liddle played in 14 games for the Cardinals in 1956 and was 1-2 with an 8.39 ERA before retiring at the completion of the season.
- Corey Selph 1929
- George Frazier 1978
- Glenn Brummer 1981
- Willie Sudhoff 1917
- Dave Brain 1959
- Morrie Martin 2010