September 2 in Cardinals History

Cardinals History on This Date

Cardinals purchased Rocky Bridges from the Cleveland Indians in 1960.

In 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).

Cardinals signed Doug Bair in 198 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.

 At Pro Player Stadium in 1988, 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.

Cardinals released Kevin Jarvis in 2005.

 

Debuts

  • Jim Clark 1911
  • Joe Medwick 1932
  • Lindy McDaniel 1955
  • Joe McEwing 1998

Birthdays

  • Rube DeGroff 1979
  • Rex Hudler 1960

Tracking Musial’s Home Runs

  • In 1951, he hit career home run #204 fcing Howie Pollett of the Pirates.
  • Facing the Phillies, he smacked career #249 in 1953.