May 11, 1934: Paul Dean emerges with extra-inning win over Carl Hubbell and the defending world champion Giants

May 11, 1934: Paul Dean emerges with extra-inning win over Carl Hubbell and the defending world champion Giants

Two months after signing his first major-league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, Paul Dean’s burgeoning career was at a crossroads. His big brother, Dizzy Dean, had taken it upon himself to serve as Paul’s spokesperson, telling anyone who would listen that his little brother was an even better pitcher than he was, and predicting…

May 7, 1940: Cardinals clobber seven home runs in 18-2 rout of the Dodgers

May 7, 1940: Cardinals clobber seven home runs in 18-2 rout of the Dodgers

Just three weeks into the season, the 1940 St. Louis Cardinals already were in dire straits. Heading into their May 7 contest against the first-place Brooklyn Dodgers, the Cardinals had won just five of their first 15 ballgames. They opened the season by losing six of their first eight, and had already lost their first…

May 5, 1933: Pepper Martin hits for the cycle in 5-3 win vs. the Phillies

May 5, 1933: Pepper Martin hits for the cycle in 5-3 win vs. the Phillies

On May 5, 1933, Pepper Martin, “the wild horse of the Osage” himself, ran wild on Frank Pearce and the Philadelphia Phillies. Batting leadoff, Martin singled, doubled, tripled, and homered while scoring four times in a 5-3 St. Louis win. Martin’s assault on Phillies pitching even surpassed the swings of two female fans who struck…

May 4, 1990: Cardinals trade Tom Brunansky to Boston for Lee Smith

May 4, 1990: Cardinals trade Tom Brunansky to Boston for Lee Smith

For more than a month, the Cardinals and Red Sox had discussed a trade that would send St. Louis’s top home run hitter, Tom Brunansky, to the Boston for closer Lee Smith. Cardinals general manager Dal Maxvill declined the trade proposal in early April, hopeful that his club could re-sign Brunansky and keep in him…

April 19, 2019: Lane Thomas hits two-run blast in his first major-league at-bat

April 19, 2019: Lane Thomas hits two-run blast in his first major-league at-bat

As the son of a professional drag racer, Lane Thomas knows the value of a fast start. So perhaps it was no surprise that he homered in his first major-league at-bat. Lane’s father, Mike, was a professional drag racer in the National Hot Rod Association, and Lane spent his early summers traveling around the country,…

April 23, 1990: Cardinals trade for the “Wonder Dog,” Rex Hudler

April 23, 1990: Cardinals trade for the “Wonder Dog,” Rex Hudler

On the same day that third baseman Terry Pendleton pulled his hamstring attempting to stretch a single into a double, the Cardinals added much-needed infield depth, trading relief pitcher John Costello to the Montreal Expos for utility man Rex Hudler. Hudler’s acquisition immediately gave Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog more lineup flexibility. In two seasons in…