October 21, 1981: Yankees’ outfield logjam allows Cardinals to trade for Willie McGee

On the same day that Tommy John threw seven shutout innings to lead the Yankees to a 3-0 win over the Dodgers in Game 2 of the 1981 World Series, the Cardinals and Yankees quietly made a deal that would help the Cardinals capture the 1982 world championship. The trade, which sent Yankees minor league…

June 3, 2004: Yadier Molina gets two hits, throws out first baserunner in his debut game

June 3, 2004: Yadier Molina gets two hits, throws out first baserunner in his debut game

A muscle strain that literally took Cardinals catcher Mike Matheny’s breath away opened the door for 21-year-old Yadier Molina to make his major league debut and – as the third member of the catching Molina brothers to reach the majors – make a little history as well. On June 2, 2004, Matheny was removed in…

September 21, 1934: Hours after his brother throws a three-hit shutout, Paul Dean throws the second no-hitter in Cardinals history

After watching Dizzy Dean spin a three-hit shutout and Paul Dean throw the second no-hitter in St. Louis Cardinals history, Brooklyn Times-Union sportswriter Bill McCullough was moved to poetry with his lede in the next day’s paper: You may sing the praises of Mickey Cochrane’s Tigers and the glory of the Giants from the housetops.…

April 6, 2007: A clutch double play and three RBIs from Chris Duncan help Adam Wainwright win his first MLB start

April 6, 2007: A clutch double play and three RBIs from Chris Duncan help Adam Wainwright win his first MLB start

By the time Adam Wainwright made his first start, his bona fides as a stopper already had earned their place in St. Louis Cardinals history. During the 2006 playoffs, Wainwright made nine scoreless appearances, including four saves. In the National League Division Series against the San Diego Padres, he threw 1 1/3 innings in Game…

July 3, 1967: Lou Brock stolen base ignites brawl between Cardinals and Reds

July 3, 1967: Lou Brock stolen base ignites brawl between Cardinals and Reds

On July 3, 1967, the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds started the Independence Day fireworks a touch early with a 12-minute[1] brawl that required 19 St. Louis police officers to restore order.[2] Pursuing his 10th win of the season in front of the announced crowd of 47,663[3], Bob Gibson struck out Tommy Helms and…

August 30, 1941: Lon Warneke finally throws his no-hitter

After throwing four one-hitters in his 12-year major-league career, Lon Warneke could be forgiven for thinking that perhaps the elusive no-hitter simply wasn’t meant to be. There was his season-opening game with the Chicago Cubs in 1934, when Adam Comorosky singled to center field with one out in the ninth. Five days later, he threw…