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 16, 2006: Albert Pujols hits three home runs, including walk-off, to beat the Reds

April 16, 2006: Albert Pujols hits three home runs, including walk-off, to beat the Reds

With three home runs, including a walk-off, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth, Albert Pujols closed Busch Stadium III’s first homestand in style. Pujols and more than 36,000 Cardinals fans[1] celebrated Easter on April 16, 2006, with an 8-7 win over the Reds that included three home runs and five RBIs from…

April 5, 2000: Jim Edmonds hits his first Cardinals home run

April 5, 2000: Jim Edmonds hits his first Cardinals home run

It didn’t take long for Jim Edmonds to officially introduce himself to Cardinals fans. Just two weeks after the Cardinals traded Kent Bottenfield and Adam Kennedy to acquire the two-time Gold Glover, Edmonds launched his first home run as a Cardinal in a 10-4 victory over the Cubs. Two days earlier, the Cardinals opened their…

February 1, 2021: Rockies trade Nolan Arenado to the Cardinals

Nolan Arenado was 10 games into his major league career when he arrived in St. Louis for the first time in May 2013. The young slugger already had three home runs to his name, and as he prepared to face Cardinals starting pitcher Shelby Miller, all-star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki sidled up alongside the rookie with…

January 15, 1981: Bob Gibson is elected to the Hall of Fame

The 1981 Hall of Fame ballot was stacked with stars who would one day receive their day in Cooperstown. Joining Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson among the candidates were future Hall of Famers Don Drysdale, Gil Hodges, Harmon Killebrew, Juan Marichal, and Hoyt Wilhelm. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch even ran a story noting that all six…

September 23, 1941: Stan Musial hits his first career home run

On September 23, 1941, Stan Musial hit the first home run of his Hall of Fame career. Though it was just his eighth game since the Cardinals called him up from their minor-league affiliate in Rochester, Musial already had established himself as a dangerous hitter. In his big-league debut, Musial tallied two hits, including a…

August 22, 1982: Glenn Brummer steals home and becomes an unlikely Cardinals hero

On August 22, 1982, Glenn Brummer became arguably the most unlikely game-winning hero in Cardinals history. An Illinois native, Brummer had played his college baseball at Lake Land College in Mattoon, Illinois, and signed with the Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in 1974. After working his way through the Cardinals’ farm system, Brummer made…