September 15 in Cardinals History

Cardinals History

1968 The Cardinals clinch their twelfth National League pennant when the team beats Houston at the Astrodome, 7-4. The contest, which features Curt Flood collecting five hits, marks the final home run by Roger Maris, who will finish his 12-year major league career with 275 round-trippers.

1969 Cardinal hurler Steve Carlton fans nineteen batters, including three in the final frame, to establish a new major league mark for strikeouts for a nine-inning game. Lefty’s performance is spoiled when Ron Swoboda’s pair of two-run homers proves to be the difference in the Redbirds’ 4-3 loss to the Mets at Busch Stadium.

1995 Ozzie Smith takes part in the 1,554th twin killing of his career to set a new big league record for double plays. The Cardinals’ shortstop’s wizardry isn’t enough to prevent the Redbirds’ 7-6 loss to the Dodgers at Busch Stadium.

1998 Ending a six-game drought without a homer, Mark McGwire, pinch-hitting in the ninth inning, hits his 63rd homer. The solo shot off Jason Christiansen in the Cardinals’ 8-6 loss to the Pirates allows ‘Big Mac’ to regain the home-run lead over Sammy Sosa.
2010 The Cubs beat the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, 7-3, to complete their first three-game sweep in St. Louis in more than twenty years. The victory marks the first time since June 12, 1988 that the visiting Chicago fans can break out the brooms in the Gateway City.


1950- At Ebbets Field, Cardinal starter Cloyd Boyer hurts his arm while warming up and is replaced by Red Munger. The reliever goes the distance, beating the Dodgers, 6-2, getting credit for a complete game, but not for a game started.

1971- The Minnesota Twins traded Stan Williams to the St. Louis Cardinals for players to be named later. The St. Louis Cardinals sent Fred Rico (September 14, 1971) and Dan Ford (minors) (September 14, 1971) to the Minnesota Twins to complete the trade.

1993- The St. Louis Cardinals released Barry Lyons.

2013- The St. Louis Cardinals traded a player to be named later to the Milwaukee Brewers for John Axford. The St. Louis Cardinals sent Michael Blazek (September 1, 2013) to the Milwaukee Brewers to complete the trade.


Harry McCurdy 1899

Jim Davis 1924

Charley Smith 1924

Daniel Hudson 1994


Speed Walker 1923

Sam Narron 1935

Taylor Duncan 1977

Andy Rincon 1980

Audry Perez 2013