Cardinals History on This Date
1960– The St. Louis Cardinals purchased Rocky Bridges from the Cleveland Indians.
1962 Stan Musial, with a ninth-inning pinch-hit single in the Cardinals’ 4-3 loss to New York at Busch Stadium, moves past Tris Speaker on the all-time hits list into second place with his 3‚516th hit. ’Stan the Man’, who will finish his career with a total of 3630, will remain far behind Ty Cobb’s total of 4191 and will be eventually surpassed by Pete Rose (4256) and Hank Aaron (3771).
1965 Cubs first baseman Ernie Banks hits his 400th career home run, a three-run round-tripper off Cardinal hurler Curt Simmons in the third-inning, helping Chicago to defeat St. Louis at Wrigley Field, 5-3. ‘Mr. Cub’ will finish his 19-year career with 512 home runs, including 277 home runs stroked as a shortstop, the record at the time of his retirement.
1985– The St. Louis Cardinals signed Doug Bair as a free agent.
1986– The Detroit Tigers traded a player to be named later and Ken Hill to the St. Louis Cardinals for Mike Heath. The Detroit Tigers sent Mike Laga (September 2, 1986) to the St. Louis Cardinals to complete the trade.
1998 At Pro Player Stadium, Cardinal first baseman Mark McGwire hits his 58th and 59th home runs of the season, surpassing Jimmie Foxx, who blasted 58 for the A’s in 1932 and Hank Greenberg, who also accomplish the feat six years later with the Tigers. The St. Louis slugger will finish the year with 70 homers, far surpassing the single season mark of 61, established in 1961 by Yankee right fielder Roger Maris.
1998 Cardinals starter Kent Mercker hits a grand slam, en route to picking up the win in the Redbirds’ 14-4 rout of the Marlins at Dolphin Stadium. The fourth inning round-tripper off Jesus J Sanchez will be the only career homer the St. Louis southpaw will hit in his 18-year tenure in the major leagues.
2005– The St. Louis Cardinals released Kevin Jarvis.
Jim Clark 1911
Joe Medwick 1932
Lindy McDaniel 1955
Joe McEwing 1998
Rube DeGroff 1979
Rex Hudler 1960