January 2 in Cardinals History

  • 1915 – The St. Louis Cardinals try to prevent outfielder Lee Magee from playing for the Brooklyn Tip-Tops of the Federal League. Like most such suits, it will fail. Magee will play and manage in the rival major league.
  • The Cardinals borrow $10,000 to purchase the contract of Jesse Haines. He will become a Hall of Famer and will pitch for 18 seasons for the Cardinals beginning in 1920.
  • The Cardinals, in 1941, purchased Bill Brubaker from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • The Cardinals purchased Hy Vandenberg from the New York Giants in 1941.
  • The Tigers traded Dick Egan to the Cardinals in 1965 for Glen Hobbie and Bob Lipski.
  • In 1991, the Cardinals signed Alex Trevino as a free agent.
  • The Cardinals signed Rich Loiselle and Jason Simontacchi as free agents in 2002.
  • The Cardinals, in 2003, signed Nerio Rodriguez as a free agent.



  • Steve Melter (1886)
  • Joe Lotz (1891)
  • Royce Clayton (1970)
  • Garrett Stephenson (1972)
  • Jeff Suppan (1975)
  • Eric Fornataro (1988)


Former Cardinals-Deaths

  • Bert Jones 1959 
  • Glenn Crawford 1972 
  • Gordon Slade 1974 
  • Bill Beckmann 1990- from Clayton Mo. he pitched for the Cardinals in only two game and was 1-0 in 1942. He retired after that season.
  • Gerry Staley 2008 He played  from 1947-1954 in a Cardinals uniform as a right handed pitcher that was 89-76 with a 4.03 ERA. He played a total of 19 years in the majors. He hailed from the State of Washington.
  • Jerry Buchek 2019 died in Springfield, Mo at the age of 76. Was primarily a back-up for Dick Groat and Julian Javier in the mid-60’s. He had a good glove and was needed in 1064 for pennant and World Series wins. He was a St. Louis native.