The Cardinals went 72-90 during the season and finished fifth in the National League East, 29 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies. This was the 95th season as an organization and the 85th year in the National League and the last season for Red Schoendienst to manage.
October 28, 1975: Mike Garman and a player to be named later were traded by the Cardinals to the Chicago Cubs for Don Kessinger. The Cardinals sent completed the deal by sending Bobby Hrapmann (minors) to the Cubs on April 5, 1976.
December 12, 1975: Buddy Bradford and Greg Terlecky were traded by the Cardinals to the Chicago White Sox for Lee Richard.
December 22, 1975, Mick Kelleher was traded by the Cardinals to the Chicago Cubs for Vic Harris.
January 7, 1976: John Butcher was drafted by the Cardinals in the 2nd round of the 1976 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign.
February 3, 1976: Tom Walker was purchased by the Cardinals from the Detroit Tigers.
March 2, 1976: Ted Sizemore was traded by the Cardinals to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Willie Crawford.
Moves During the Season
April 9, 1976: Wayne Nordhagen was purchased from the Cardinals by the Philadelphia Phillies.
May 19, 1976: Luis Meléndez was traded by the Cardinals to the San Diego Padres for Bill Greif.
June 8, 1976: John Littlefield was drafted by the Cardinals in the 30th round of the 1976 Major League Baseball Draft.
This was the twelfth and final season for Red Schoendienst as the Cardinals’ full-time manager, although he would manage the club in parts of two later seasons (1980 and 1990).
The Cardinals went to the Columbia blue road uniforms for the first time in ’76. They would continue to wear those uniforms through the 1984 season.