October 26 in Cardinals History

Cardinals History on This Date

1985 In Game 6 of the World Series, Don Denkinger’s controversial ninth-inning call at first base enables the Royals to beat the Cardinals, 2-1. The play, in which Jorge Orta is called safe, when it appears first baseman Jack Clark’s throw to Todd Worrell, covering the bag, clearly beats him, gives Dane Iorg the opportunity to hit a two-run walk-off single and to extend the Fall Classic to a decisive Game 7 that Kansas City will win to capture its first World Championship.

2009 Tony La Russa agrees to a one-year contract to return for his 15th season as manager of the Cardinals. The Redbirds have appeared in the postseason eight times under their 65-year-old skipper, including a World Championship in 2006

2009 Mark McGwire will join his former manager Tony La Russa on the Cardinals’ bench as the team’s hitting coach, replacing Hal McRae. The one-time single-season home run champ, whose reputation was ruined when he infamously refused to answer questions about the use of steroids during a 2005 congressional hearing, had La Russa for his skipper in 15 of the 16 years he played in the major leagues, both in Oakland and St. Louis.

2013 With runners on second and third with one out, Jon Jay’s grounder results in Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia easily throwing out Yadier Molina at the plate. After making the tag at home, Boston backstop Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s errant throw to third base causes third baseman Will Middlebrooks to collide with Allen Craig, who had gone to third and appears to be thrown out while advancing to home, but the umpires ruled that the infielder interfered the baserunner, giving the Cardinals an unusual 5-4 walk-off victory in the first World Series game to ever end on an obstruction call.


2014 Cardinal rookie Oscar Taveras, who participated in seven postseason games with St. Louis earlier in the month, dies in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic. The 22-year-old outfielder, who batted .320 and slugged .516 as a minor leaguer, was considered by many to be a ‘can’t-miss prospect’.


Trades and Transactions

1972- The St. Louis Cardinals traded Greg Millikan (minors) and Rudy Arroyo to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Larry Hisle.

1973- The St. Louis Cardinals traded Jim Kremmel to the Chicago White Sox for Denny O’Toole.

1973- The St. Louis Cardinals traded Bernie Carbo and Rick Wise to the Boston Red Sox for Reggie Smith and Ken Tatum.

1973- The St. Louis Cardinals released Eddie Fisher.

1973- The St. Louis Cardinals released Lew Krausse.

1973- The St. Louis Cardinals traded Tommy Cruz and cash to the Texas Rangers for Sonny Siebert.

1977- The St. Louis Cardinals purchased Aurelio Lopez from Mexico City Reds (Mexican).

1992- Todd Worrell of the St. Louis Cardinals granted free agency.

1998- Pat Kelly of the St. Louis Cardinals granted free agency.

2003- Miguel Cairo of the St. Louis Cardinals granted free agency.

2003- Joe Girardi of the St. Louis Cardinals granted free agency.

2003- Orlando Palmeiro of the St. Louis Cardinals granted free agency.

2003- Eduardo Perez of the St. Louis Cardinals granted free agency.

2003- Brett Tomko of the St. Louis Cardinals granted free agency.




Charlie Swindells 1878

Harry Cammitz 1884

Bud Byerly 1920

Tommy Glaviano 1923

Dick Bolelmann 1926

Mark Sweeney 1969


Charlie Rhodes 1918

Charlie Comiskey 1931

Mike Murphey 1952

Gus Mancuso 1984

Bob Scheffing 1985

Russ Derry 2004

Oscar Taveras 2004