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July 24, 2009: Cardinals acquire Matt Holliday in trade with A’s

On July 24, 2009, the Cardinals finally acquired the slugger Tony La Russa had been seeking to provide protection for Albert Pujols in the middle of the St. Louis lineup. In exchange for top third base prospect Brett Wallace, minor-league pitcher Clayton Mortensen, and outfield prospect Shane Peterson, the Cardinals acquired Matt Holliday to bat …

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July 11, 1911: Cardinals spring into action to save lives following horrific train crash

In baseball, we often refer to players who come through in the clutch as heroes. In the early hours of July 11, 1911, however, the St. Louis Cardinals proved themselves true heroes, saving multiple passengers from the wreckage of a train accident that killed 14 people and injured 47 more.[1] The Cardinals had just completed …

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How Lou Brock and Bob Kennedy helped Keith Hernandez reach his potential

Without the efforts of Bob Kennedy and Lou Brock, Keith Hernandez may never have won the 1979 National League MVP Award – at least, not with the Cardinals. Hernandez was a 17-year-old out of Capuchino High School in San Bruno, California, when the Cardinals drafted him in the 42nd round of the 1971 draft. Due …

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Chris Von der Ahe

Though largely forgotten in common baseball lore, the first owner of the St. Louis Cardinals franchise was the George Steinbrenner of early American baseball – brash, outspoken, innovative, and determined to field a championship club. Perhaps no one in baseball history can claim as much credit for bringing the sport to the masses and making …

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