January 4 in Cardinals History

  • In 1942, Rogers Hornsby is elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He played for the Cardinals from 1915-1926 and in 1933.
  • Due to World War II, Commissioner Landis, in 1943, mandates clubs to conduct spring training close to home. With the exception of the Cardinals and the Browns, who may stay in-state and train in Missouri, big league teams are told all camps must operate north of the Potomac and Ohio rivers and be located east of the Mississippi River.
  • In 2002, The Cardinals announced the team has agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal with starting pitcher Matt Morris. The 27-year-old right-hander, who missed all of the 1999 season due to elbow surgery, finished third in the Cy Young Award balloting this year after going 22-8 with a 3.16 ERA.


Trading History on this Date

  • The Cardinals purchased Patsy Donovan from the Pittsburgh Pirates for $1,000 in 1900.
  • The Cardinals, in 1935, purchased Don Hurst from the Chicago Cubs.



  • Eddie Zimmerman (1883)
  • Herman Franks (1914)
  • Ken Reynolds (1947)


  • Roger Connor (HOF) 1931
  • Estel Crabtree 1967
  • Harry Gumbert 1995
  • Stu Miller 2015