Month: May 2022

August 26, 1981: Garry Templeton’s confrontation with fans leads to the Cardinals’ trade for Ozzie Smith

Heading into the 1981 season, if someone suggested that the Cardinals would have the greatest shortstop of the decade, fans everywhere would assume they were referring to Garry Templeton, one of the most talented infielders in the National League. But a heated confrontation with Cardinals fans on August 26, 1981, led to a franchise-altering trade …

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August 10, 2010: Brawl vs. Reds ends Jason LaRue’s career

On August 10, 2010, the fierce rivalry between the Cardinals and Reds spilled into a violent brawl that ended catcher Jason LaRue’s career. The two teams had battled one another for the National League Central Division lead throughout the summer. In the opening game of the series, Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter pitched seven innings and …

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August 3, 1991: Todd Zeile’s walk-off home run pulls the Cardinals into the pennant race

The 1991 season marked a new beginning for the St. Louis Cardinals. In their first full season under new head coach Joe Torre, the Cardinals had an entirely new starting outfield, as Bernard Gilkey, Ray Lankford, and Felix Jose replaced 1990’s opening-day threesome of Vince Coleman, Willie McGee, and Tom Brunansky. No one, however, was …

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July 31, 2014: Cardinals trade Allen Craig, Joe Kelly to acquire John Lackey

Heading into the 2014 trade deadline, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak knew that he needed to shake up his ballclub. As the defending National League champions prepared to play the final game of a three-game series against the Padres, they sat in third place in the Central Division, 2 ½ games behind the Brewers and …

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August 1, 1990: Cardinals name Joe Torre manager as Whiteyball era ends

On August 1, 1990, the St. Louis Cardinals officially moved on from the “Whiteyball” era when they brought former Cardinals star Joe Torre back to take the managerial position vacated by Whitey Herzog just three weeks earlier. “During the selection process, I interviewed a number of very good candidates,” Cardinals general manager Dal Maxvill said, …

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