In 1965, Cardinal right-hander Bob Gibson goes the distance, beating Houston at the Astrodome, 5-2, to become a 20-game winner for the first time. The future Hall of Famer will win twenty games four more times in the next five seasons.
Cardinal first baseman Mark McGwire hits #65 and his final homer of the season in 1999 passing Ted Williams and Willie McCovey to move into the tenth spot on the all-time career home run list with 522 round trippers.
Against the Braves in 2000, Cardinal rookie starter Rick Ankiel sets a modern day major league record by uncorking five wild pitches in the third inning of Game 1 of NLDS. He joins Buffalo’s Bert Cunningham, who accomplished the same feat in the first inning in an 1890 Players League contest.
Dave Wainhouse of the Cardinals was granted free agency in 2003. In 2007, after winning their tenth World Series championship last season, the Cardinals announce senior vice president and general manager Walt Jocketty (1,117-968, .536) will no longer have a role with the team. The former GM, who will be replaced on an interim basis by his assistant John Mozeliak, watched the Redbirds make seven postseason appearances, winning two National League pennants and the 2006 World Series, during his 13-year tenure with the club.
The St. Louis selected Joey Butler off waivers from the Texas Rangers in 2013.