July 7, 1987: Steve Lake and Jack Clark lead Cardinals to late-night doubleheader sweep

July 7, 1987: Steve Lake and Jack Clark lead Cardinals to late-night doubleheader sweep

In the end, it wasn’t backup catcher Steve Lake’s game-tying, two-run home run in the ninth inning that impressed him the most. It wasn’t Jack Clark’s game-winning RBI single. It was the thousands of Cardinals fans still cheering on their Redbirds when the final pitch of a rain-delayed doubleheader was finally thrown at 3:01 a.m.…

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…

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…

February 9, 1988: Cardinals trade Horton and Johnson for DeLeon

February 9, 1988: Cardinals trade Horton and Johnson for DeLeon

For years, Cardinals scouts had believed in Jose DeLeon’s potential. On February 9, 1988, the team gambled on that potential, trading center fielder Lance Johnson, left-handed pitcher Ricky Horton, and an estimated $100,000 to the White Sox to obtain the 27-year-old right-hander. Negotiations for the right-hander had begun back in back in November, but Cardinals…