December 20 in Cardinals History

1926– The World Champion Cardinals trade Rogers Hornsby to the Giants for Jimmy Ring and Frankie Frisch, who will play an integral role in the success of the Gas House Gang in the 1930’s after being sent to St. Louis due to a falling out with New York’s manager John McGraw. The trade gets complicated when the ‘Rajah’ refuses to sell his 1,167 shares of the team stock back to the Redbirds at the asking price.

1980- The Brewers obtain future Cy Young winners Rollie Fingers [1981] and Pete Vuckovich [1982] in a deal with the Cardinals, sending pitcher Lary Sorensen, outfielder Sixto Lezcano and minor league players Dave Green and Dave LaPointe to St. Louis.

Trading History and Transactions

1904– The St. Louis Cardinals purchased Jack Warner from the New York Giants

1926– The St. Louis Cardinals traded Rogers Hornsby to the New York Giants for Frankie Frisch and Jimmy Ring

1999– The Milwaukee Brewers traded Fernando Vina to the St. Louis Cardinals for Eliezer Alfonso and Juan Acevedo.

2000– Hanshin Tigers (Japan Central) purchased Eduardo Perez from the St. Louis Cardinals


  • Branch Rickey 1881
  • Spud Davis (1904)
  • Grant Dunlap (1923)
  • Jose DeLeon (1983)
  • Chris Narveson (1981)

Other Notables

Doc Farrell died on this date in 1966

Mike Knode died on this date in 1980