September 27 in Cardinals History

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  • The New York Giants drafted Homer Peel from the Cardinals in the 1932 rule 5 draft in 1932.
  • In 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.
  • On the last day of the regular season in 1942, 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.
  • The New York Giants selected Buddy Blattner off waivers in 1942 from the Cardinals
  • Not Cardinals related but Ed Mickelson drove in the last run ever plated by the St. Louis Browns in 1953.
  • In the season finale in 1998, 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.

 

Birthdays

  • Alan Storke 1884
  • Doug Baird 1891
  • Gary Sutherland 1944
  • Bo Hart 1976

Debuts

  • Walter Alston 1936
  • Creepy Crespi 1938
  • Jeff Cross 1942
  • Neal Hartwick 1952
  • Mel Nelson 1960
  • Jerry Reuss 1969

Deaths

  • Ben Hunt 1927
  • Tink Riviere 1965

Tracking Musial’s Home Runs

  • in 1946, he hit career home run #51  wg=hich came against the Cubs with a 2-run homer in the 8th inning.
  • In 1959, #442 was against Marshall Renfroe of the Giants in the 1st inning,