April 8, 2021: Arenado hits game-winning homer in his home debut at Busch Stadium

April 8, 2021: Arenado hits game-winning homer in his home debut at Busch Stadium

After six road games to begin his Cardinals career, Nolan Arenado got to officially introduce himself to Cardinals fans with his first home game at Busch Stadium on April 8, 2021. He celebrated the occasion with a game-winning home run, becoming just the fifth Cardinal since 1900 to hit a game-winning home run in the…

April 8, 1997: Willie McGee hits his first career walk-off home run

April 8, 1997: Willie McGee hits his first career walk-off home run

After a winless six-game road trip to open the season, the 1997 Cardinals needed to turn their fortunes around. Willie McGee was all too happy to oblige with the first walk-off home run of his 16-year major-league career. “How beautiful was that?” outfielder Brian Jordan said. “Just the perfect ending.”[1] “You couldn’t write a better…

April 5, 2000: Jim Edmonds hits his first Cardinals home run

April 5, 2000: Jim Edmonds hits his first Cardinals home run

It didn’t take long for Jim Edmonds to officially introduce himself to Cardinals fans. Just two weeks after the Cardinals traded Kent Bottenfield and Adam Kennedy to acquire the two-time Gold Glover, Edmonds launched his first home run as a Cardinal in a 10-4 victory over the Cubs. Two days earlier, the Cardinals opened their…

April 2, 1985: Cardinals trade for ‘Secret Weapon’ Jose Oquendo

April 2, 1985: Cardinals trade for ‘Secret Weapon’ Jose Oquendo

With no guarantees that they would be able to re-sign all-star shortstop Ozzie Smith before the end of the season, the Cardinals needed a secret weapon. They got exactly that on April 2, 1985, when they traded shortstop Angel Salazar and minor-league pitcher John Young to the Mets for shortstop Jose Oquendo and minor-league reliever…

April 1, 1987: Pirates trade all-star catcher Tony Pena to the Cardinals

April 1, 1987: Pirates trade all-star catcher Tony Pena to the Cardinals

Heading into the 1987 season, Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog felt that his club needed a top-flight catcher to make a push for the National League pennant. On April 1, he got the backstop he coveted, trading right fielder and corner infielder Andy Van Slyke, catcher Mike LaValliere, and minor-league pitcher Mike Dunne to the Pirates…

March 28, 2013: Adam Wainwright signs five-year extension to remain in St. Louis

March 28, 2013: Adam Wainwright signs five-year extension to remain in St. Louis

Adam Wainwright may not have gotten nervous on the days he took the mound for the St. Louis Cardinals, but the morning that he and the Cardinals were set to announce the five-year, $97.5-million contract extension that would keep him in St. Louis through the 2018 season, he found that he couldn’t eat. The deal…

March 25, 1959: Giants trade Bill White to the Cardinals

March 25, 1959: Giants trade Bill White to the Cardinals

Just weeks ahead of the 1959 season, the Cardinals gambled on the potential of 25-year-old Bill White, dealing their ace, Sam Jones to the Giants, in a four-player trade that provided the Cardinals with a cornerstone of their 1964 World Series championship club. On March 25, 1959, Cardinals general manager Bing Devine dealt Jones and…