’90s

Ron Gant Andy Benes

Cardinals begin new era with 1995 Ron Gant and Andy Benes signings

When the ownership group led by Bill DeWitt Jr., Andrew Baur, and Frederick O. Hanser announced just before Christmas 1995 that they had purchased the St. Louis Cardinals for $150 million, they were under no illusions – the Redbirds weren’t very good. The team had just completed a 62-81 strike-shortened season in which Joe Torre

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Jose Jimenez

June 25, 1999: Cardinals rookie Jose Jimenez out-duels Randy Johnson with no-hitter

On June 25, 1999, Arizona Diamondbacks fans came to Bank One Ballpark looking forward to a match-up between their flame-throwing left-hander, Randy Johnson, and the Cardinals’ record-breaking slugger, Mark McGwire. They indeed got to see something special – they just weren’t expecting it to come from rookie right-hander Jose Jimenez. With the assistance of two

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