June 15, 1984: Cardinals trade Ken Oberkfell for Ken Dayley and Mike Jorgensen

June 15, 1984: Cardinals trade Ken Oberkfell for Ken Dayley and Mike Jorgensen

To acquire a relief pitcher who would become a cornerstone of their bullpen during their 1985 and 1987 National League pennant seasons, the Cardinals traded away one of the few remaining players from their 1982 world championship club. On June 15, 1984, the Cardinals traded infielder Ken Oberkfell, the team’s leading hitter at the time…

June 15, 1964: Cardinals acquire Lou Brock in trade for Ernie Broglio

June 15, 1964: Cardinals acquire Lou Brock in trade for Ernie Broglio

Long before Cardinals general manager Bing Devine traded Ernie Broglio, Doug Clemens, and Bobby Shantz to the Cubs for Lou Brock, Jack Spring, and Paul Toth in June 1964, he’d been laying the groundwork for a deal. The preceding winter, Devine had inquired with Cubs general manager John Holland about Brock’s availability, but been rebuffed.…

May 25, 1954: Wally Moon steals four bases, nearly ties 50-year-old NL record

May 25, 1954: Wally Moon steals four bases, nearly ties 50-year-old NL record

Over the course of his 12-year career, Wally Moon was better known for his “Moon shot” home runs than his base-stealing ability. Nonetheless, on May 25, 1954, the rookie center fielder came one stolen base shy of breaking a 50-year-old National League record as he swiped four bags in a 9-4 Cardinals win over the…

June 16, 1964: Ken Boyer hits for the cycle and Lou Brock makes his first start for the Cardinals in 7-1 win

June 16, 1964: Ken Boyer hits for the cycle and Lou Brock makes his first start for the Cardinals in 7-1 win

Off to a slow start to the 1964 season, the Cardinals had to do something. For manager Bing Devine, that meant making one of the most famous deals in baseball history, trading Ernie Broglio, Bobby Shantz, and Doug Clemens to the Cubs for Lou Brock, Jack Spring, and Paul Toth. For Ken Boyer, that meant…

May 28, 2017: Paul DeJong homers in his first major league at-bat

May 28, 2017: Paul DeJong homers in his first major league at-bat

When the first inning of Paul DeJong’s major league debut rolled around, the 23-year-old shortstop wasn’t even in the stadium. The Cardinals called DeJong up from Triple-A Memphis earlier that day to fill the roster spot vacated by Kolten Wong, who was placed on the disabled list with elbow discomfort. DeJong had been playing second…

May 24, 2006: Adam Wainwright homers in his first big-league at-bat

May 24, 2006: Adam Wainwright homers in his first big-league at-bat

When defending Cy Young Award winner Chris Carpenter was scratched from his May 24 start against the Giants with inflammation of a bursa sac located between his right shoulder and rib cage, the 2006 Cardinals pitching staff was dealt a blow. In Carpenter’s place, the St. Louis pitching staff started dealing some blows of its…