October 20 in Cardinals History

Cardinals History on This Date



Baseball Events

1931 – Frankie Frisch is selected the National League Most Valuable Player. He hit .311 with 4 home runs and 82 runs batted in. His nickname was the “Fordham Flash”.
1964 Johnny Keane, three days after resigning as manager of the World Champion Cardinals, replaces Yogi Berra as the Yankees’ field boss. The new skipper of the Bronx Bombers will not fare well with the aging team next year, leading the Yankees to their first losing season since 1925.
1964 Red Schoendienst, a popular former player, is named as the Cardinals new manager, replacing Johnny Keane, who resigned the day following the team’s Game 7 Fall Classic victory over New York. Albert will compile a 1,041-955 record for the Redbirds during 12 full seasons and two stints in 1980 and 1990 as interim skipper, capturing a World Championship in 1967 and a NL pennant in 1968.
1982 The Brewers, playing in their first World Series, are unable to hold on to a 3-1 lead in Game 7, when the Cardinals, thanks to Keith Hernandez’s two-run sixth inning single, beat Milwaukee, 6-3. It’s the Redbirds’ first world championship since 1967.
1987 Twins right-hander starter Les Straker becomes the first Venezuelan to pitch in the World Series. At Busch Stadium, the Ciudad Bolivar native blanks the Cardinals for six innings on four hits before being removed for a pinch hitter.
1996 Andruw Jones becomes the fourth rookie in baseball history to hit two home runs in the same World Series game when he goes deep twice in Game 1 at Yankee Stadium. The Braves’ center fielder joins Charlie Keller (1939 – Yankees), Tony Kubek (1957 – Yankees) and Willie McGee (1982 – Cardinals) in accomplishing the feat.

Trades and Transactions

1955- The St. Louis Cardinals released Harry “The Hat” Walker.

1967- The St. Louis Cardinals released John Romano.

1967- The St. Louis Cardinals released Barney Schultz.

1967- The St. Louis Cardinals released Hal Woodeshick.

1970- The Minnesota Twins traded Bob Wissler (minors) and Herman Hill to the St. Louis Cardinals for Sal Campisi and Jim Kennedy.

2008- Mark Mulder of the St. Louis Cardinals granted free agency.



Dave Collins 1952

Rick Ownbey 1957

Don Heinkel 1959