1901– The Cardinals finish 74-64 and show improvement from the previous season. The Cardinals are 14 games back of Pittsburgh and in fourth place.
It was 1926, in a 10-5 Game 4 victory over the Cardinals at Sportsman’s Park, Yankee outfielder Babe Ruth becomes the first player to hit three home runs in a World Series game. History will repeat itself when the ‘Sultan of Swat’ once again goes deep three times against the Redbirds in St. Louis in the fourth game of the 1928 Fall Classic.
Cardinal batterymates and brothers Mort and Walker Cooper. in 1943, decide to play Game 2 of the World Series on the day their dad, Robert, dies at his home in Independence. After limiting the Yankees to six hits and winning the game, 4-3, Mort heads to Missouri while his younger brother, Walker, who has a 1-for-3 day behind the plate with an eighth inning single, will stay with the club until the Fall Classic is over.
During Game 1 of the World Series in 1946, Whitey Kurowski is awarded home plate on a controversial obstruction call after he gets tangled up with Red Sox third baseman Pinky Higgins, giving the Cardinals a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning. The Red Sox rally in the ninth to tie the score, and Rudy York’s home run in the tenth gives Boston an eventual 3-2 victory over the Redbirds at Sportsman’s Park.
The Cardinals exercised their $16 million option for next season with first baseman Albert Pujols in 2010. The 30 year-old superstar, a three-time NL MVP, led the circuit with 42 home runs and 118 RBIs.
In 2012, the Cardinals, in the first NL one-game winner-take-all wild-card playoff, beat the hometown Braves, 6-3, in a game that will be best remembered for a disputed infield fly rule call in the eighth inning. The irate Turner Field fans show their displeasure with the umpires’ decision on what appears to be a key Redbird error on a dropped pop fly in the outfield by littering the playing field with debris, causing a 19-minute delay while the ground crew cleans up the assorted trash.
Trades and Transactions
1970– The St. Louis Cardinals traded Billy McCool to the Boston Red Sox for Bill Landis
- Charlie Enwright 1887
- Carlisle Littlejohn 1901
- Joe Frazier 1922
- Fred Marolewski 1928
- Tom Mansell 1934
- Billy Campbell 1957