Enos Slaughter Traded
The 1954 version of the Cardinals were stunned in April as World Series hero Enos Slaughter was dealt to the Yankees.
Cardinals First Black Player To Suit Up
On April 13, the first black player to ever suit up for the Cardinals, Tom Alston, takes the field. Also in the game rookie Wally Moon hits a home run in his first at bat. BOXSCORE
Also in April, Milwaukee rookie Hank Aaron, hits his first of many to come home runs in the 8th inning against Vic Raschi.
May 4, Stan Musial hits five home runs in a doubleheader and rookie Alston goes 4-for-4 in the first game.
The Cardinals score 799 runs and allowed 790 to finish 72-82 for 6th place in the National League.
Stan Musial bats .330 with 126 RBI’s, 35 home runs and 103 walks. Pitcher Harvey Haddix is 18-13 and sports a 3.57 ERA with 77 walks and 184 strikeouts.
Signed Ruben Amaro as an amateur free agent.
Signed Tom Baker as an amateur free agent.
Signed Gary Geiger as an amateur free agent.
Signed Tom Hughes as an amateur free agent.
Signed Howie Nunn as an amateur free agent.
Signed John Wyatt as an amateur free agent.
Barney Schultz received from the Pittsburgh Pirates in an unknown transaction.
Purchased Bill Currie from the Milwaukee Braves.
January 26, 1954
Traded Eddie Erautt, Dick Sisler and $100,000 to San Diego (PCL). Received Tom Alston.
February 23, 1954
Purchased Vic Raschi from the New York Yankees for $85,000.
Bill Currie sent to the Washington Senators in an unknown transaction.
April 11, 1954
Traded Enos Slaughter to the New York Yankees. Received Emil Tellinger (minors), Bill Virdon and Mel Wright.
April 25, 1954
Purchased Herb Adams from the Chicago Cubs.
April 30, 1954
Sold Steve Bilko to the Chicago Cubs for $12,500.
May 7, 1954
Received Carl Scheib from the Philadelphia Athletics as part of a conditional deal.
May 10, 1954
Sold Al Papai to Oklahoma City (Texas).
May 12, 1954
Released Hal White.
May 25, 1954
Purchased Bob Boyd from the Chicago White Sox.
June 1, 1954
Returned Carl Scheib to the Philadelphia Athletics as part of a conditional deal.
August 8, 1954
Selected Ben Wade off waivers from the Brooklyn Dodgers.
October 19, 1954
Released Al Brazle.
Released Peanuts Lowrey.
November 22, 1954
Cloyd Boyer drafted by the Kansas City Athletics in the 1954 rule 5 draft.
Jim King drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 1954 rule 5 draft.
November 30, 1954
Drafted Charlie Peete from Portsmouth (Piedmont) in the 1954 minor league draft.
Drafted Benny Valenzuela from Bisbee-Douglas (Arizona-Texas) in the 1954 minor league draft.
December 3, 1954
Traded Sal Yvars to the Detroit Tigers. Received Frank Carswell.
December 8, 1954
Traded Ray Jablonski and Gerry Staley to the Cincinnati Redlegs. Received Frank Smith.