Baseball Events for October 31st in Cardinals History
1931– The Cardinals release right-hander Burleigh Grimes, the last legal spitballer. Ol’ Stubblebeard will finish his 19-year Hall of Fame career with a 270-212 record along with an ERA of 3.53.
2006- Joining Don Mattingly (Yankees, 1987), Cal Ripken Jr. (Orioles, 1991), Frank Thomas (White Sox, 1995), Jeff Bagwell (Astros, 1995), and Manny Ramirez (Red Sox, 2002), Cardinal first baseman Albert Pujols becomes the sixth player to get a perfect score (100) in the annual player rankings. The Elias Sports Bureau rating, which was created as part of the settlement of the 1981 strike to determine compensation for the loss of a free agent, takes into account a player’s plate appearances, batting average, on-base percentage, home runs and RBIs compared to others playing the same position during the two past seasons.
2011- The World Champion Cardinals announced that Tony La Russa, the team’s manager for the past 16 seasons, has decided to retire. The 67 year-old skipper, who is only 35 games behind John McGraw on the all-time list for second place for games won, compiled a 2,728–2,365 (.536) managerial record during his 33 seasons with the White Sox, A’s and St. Louis.
Trades and Transactions
2013– Carlos Beltran of the St. Louis Cardinals granted free agency.
2013– Chris Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals granted free agency.
2013– Rafael Furcal of the St. Louis Cardinals granted free agency.
2013– Edward Mujica of the St. Louis Cardinals granted free agency.
Ed Burns 1887
Leo Dickerman 1896
Allyn Stout 1909
Ed Spiezio 1941
Ray Soff 1958
Mike Gallego 1960