Cardinals History on the Last Day of September
1893– On the day he is honored by The Sporting News as the most popular baseball player in America‚ Joe Quinn collects eight hits in the NL Browns doubleheader, becoming the first player to accomplish the feat. The St. Louis second baseman, a mortician in the off-season, helps the team, who will change their name to the Cardinals after the 1899 season, sweep a twin bill from the Beaneaters, 17-6 and 16-4.
1893– On the last day of the season, Duff Cooley collects six hits in NL Browns’ 16-4 nightcap rout of Boston. The 20 year-old rookie accomplishes the rare feat by hitting four singles, a double, and a triple at the Robison Field in St. Louis.
1907– At Robison Field in St. Louis, 21 year-old rookie first baseman Ed Konetchy steals home twice in the Cardinals’ 5-1 victory over Boston. The last-place Redbirds swipe home plate three times during the contest,
1921– At Sportsman’s Park, the Cardinals and their fans celebrate Rogers Hornsby Day. The 25 year-old Redbird second baseman, who will lead the NL in hitting with a .397 batting average, delights the crowd with a home run and two doubles in the team’s 12-4 victory over Pittsburgh.
1933– At Sportsman’s Park in a 12-2 Cubs rout of the Cardinals, Babe Herman hits for the cycle, becoming the first player in baseball history to to do it three times. The Chicago outfielder, playing for the Dodgers, also accomplished the feat on two other occasions in 1931.
1934– With a two-run round-tripper off Allyn Stout at Sportsman’s Park in the Cardinals’ 9-0 victory over Cincinnati, Rip Collins establishes a National League record when he blasts his league-leading 35th home run of the season as a switch hitter. The 30 year-old first baseman’s mark will not be broken until Howard Johnson goes deep from both sides of the plate 36 times in 1987 for the Mets.
1946- The St. Louis Cardinals traded Eddie Joost to the Philadelphia Athletics for a player to be named later, Vern Benson, Jake Caulfield and Russ Derry. The Philadelphia Athletics sent $30,000 (March 24, 1947) to the St. Louis Cardinals to complete the trade.
1948– The St. Louis Cardinals released Joe Medwick.
1951– Musial ends the season with a .355 batting average. Also, Marty Marion is fired as manager and is replaced by Eddie Stanky.
1952– The Philadelphia Phillies selected Tommy Glaviano off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals.
1962 On the last day of the season, Gene Oliver’s eighth-inning homer off Johnny Podres proves to be the difference in St. Louis’ 1-0 victory over the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine. The loss to the Cardinals forces Los Angeles into a best-of-three-game playoff with the Giants for the National League pennant, a series the team will lose to San Francisco.
1966 At Comiskey Park in the top of the ninth inning, Roger Maris, in his last at-bat as a Yankee, slams a two-run home run as a pinch-hitter, putting the club ahead of the White Sox, 5-4. As the slugger contemplates retirement, the former two-time American League MVP is stunned and embarrassed when New York trades him in the off-season to the Cardinals for utility player Charley Smith.
1979 In his last big league game, Ed Kranepool pinch hits in the top of the seventh inning and doubles off Bob Forsch when the Mets beat the Cardinals in the season finale at Busch Stadium, 4-2. The James Monroe High School graduate, who made his debut with the team in 1962 at the age of 17, had been the last original Met left in the majors.
2002– Mike Coolbaugh of the St. Louis Cardinals granted free agency.
2005 Albert Pujols’s 40th home run, a seventh inning grand slam against the Reds, makes him the first Cardinal in the 114-year history of the team to hit that many home runs in three consecutive seasons. The homer, which was also the 200th of his career, makes the first baseman the third-youngest player to reach the milestone, with only Mel Ott and Eddie Mathews accomplishing it sooner.
Forrest More 1881
Art Hoelskoetter 1882
Zinn Beck 1885
Mike Kircher 1897
Nate Andrews 1913
Joe Delahanty 1907
Jack Smith 1915
Murray Dickson 1939
Santiago Guzman 1969