This Date in Cardinals History
1932– The New York Giants drafted Homer Peel from the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1932 rule 5 draft.
1935– With their 21st consecutive win, the Cubs clinch the National League pennant. Chicago beats the Cardinals in the first game of a doubleheader sweep to punch their ticket to the World Series.
1936– Replacing Johnny Mize, tossed by an ump for arguing, Cardinal rookie first baseman Walter Alston makes an error in handling two chances and strikes out in his only major league at-bat. ‘Smokey’ will, however, win seven pennants and four World Series in his 23-year Hall of Fame career as Dodger manager from 1954 to 1976.
1942– On the last day of the regular season, the Cardinals clinch the National League pennant as sore-armed hurler Ernie White throws a five-hit complete-game, beating the Cubs in the first game of a twin bill, 9-2. The Redbirds also win the night cap to finish the season with 11 victories in their final 12 games.
1942– The New York Giants selected Buddy Blattner off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals
1953– Not Cardinals related but Ed Mickelson drove in the last run ever plated by the St. Louis Browns.
1998 In the season finale, Mark McGwire ends the historic season hitting his 69th and 70th home runs in the Cardinals’ 6-3 win over the Expos. Big Mac hits #70 in his last at-bat off of Expos’ rookie Carl Pavano of Southington, Connecticut.
Alan Storke 1884
Doug Baird 1891
Gary Sutherland 1944
Bo Hart 1976
Walter Alston 1936
Creepy Crespi 1938
Jeff Cross 1942
Neal Hartwick 1952
Mel Nelson 1960
Jerry Reuss 1969