June 30, 1954: Joe Cunningham drives in five in his major-league debut

June 30, 1954: Joe Cunningham drives in five in his major-league debut

On June 30, 1954, Joe Cunningham kicked off his 12-year major-league career with a single, homer, and five RBIs in an 11-3 St. Louis Cardinals victory over the Cincinnati Redlegs. Cunningham had been with the Cardinals’ International League affiliate, the Rochester Red Wings, on June 29 when manager Harry Walker informed the 22-year-old that he…

May 2, 1954: Stan Musial hits record five home runs in doubleheader vs. Giants

May 2, 1954: Stan Musial hits record five home runs in doubleheader vs. Giants

Even future Hall of Famer Hoyt Wilhelm couldn’t keep Stan Musial in the ballpark on May 2, 1954. In an afternoon doubleheader at Sportsman’s Park, Musial became the first player in major-league history to hit five home runs in a single day, smacking three home runs over the right-field wall in Game 1 before adding…

April 30, 1980: Cardinals acquire Jim Kaat to shore up their bullpen

April 30, 1980: Cardinals acquire Jim Kaat to shore up their bullpen

Desperate to bolster their relief corps, the Cardinals purchased the rights to future Hall of Famer Jim Kaat from the Yankees on April 30, 1980. The three-time all-star and 16-time Gold Glove Award winner played the final four seasons of his career in St. Louis, including 62 appearances as a valuable bullpen piece for the…