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2020s

September 24, 2020: Yadier Molina gets his 2,000th career hit

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

April 8, 2021: Arenado hits game-winning homer in his home debut at Busch Stadium

2010s

January 5, 2010: Cardinals sign Matt Holliday to a record seven-year contract

November 30, 2010: Ryan Theriot is traded to St. Louis and angers his former teammates in Chicago

How the Cardinals added Lance Berkman ahead of the 2011 season

February 15, 2011: Stan Musial receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom

February 18, 2011: Jim Edmonds retires

February 24, 2011: Cardinals announce that Adam Wainwright will require Tommy John surgery

June 4-5, 2011: Pujols hits back-to-back walk-off home runs against the Cubs

July 27, 2011: Cardinals trade Rasmus to Toronto, bolster their pitching for World Series run

September 1, 2011: Pujols homers twice, Holliday hits his 200th career home run, and the Cardinals call on a rookie pitcher to sweep Brewers

September 16, 2011: Adron Chambers’ first MLB hit pulls Cardinals within 3 1/2 games of the wild card-leading Braves

September 21, 2011: Freese’s game-winning home run pulls Cardinals within 1 1/2 games of the Braves

October 2, 2011: Cardinals rally vs. Cliff Lee to win Game 2 of the NLDS

October 5, 2011: Rally Squirrel and David Freese emerge as postseason heroes

October 7, 2011: Carpenter outduels Halladay to send the Cardinals to the NLCS

October 10, 2011: Pujols drives in five as Cardinals even the NLCS

October 12, 2011: Cardinals’ bullpen stars in NLCS Game 3 win

October 14, 2011: Cardinals capitalize on Brewers’ errors to win NLCS Game 5

October 16, 2011: Cardinals win the National League championship

October 19, 2011: Cardinals win World Series Game 1

October 22, 2011: Albert Pujols slugs three home runs in Game 3 of the World Series

October 27, 2011: David Freese’s home run caps historic World Series Game 6

October 28, 2011: Cardinals capture their 11th world championship

October 31, 2011: Tony La Russa retires on a winning note

November 14, 2011: Cardinals name Mike Matheny manager

December 22, 2011: Cardinals sign Carlos Beltran in wake of Pujols’ departure

March 1, 2012: Cardinals and Yadier Molina agree to a five-year contract extension

July 21, 2012: Cardinals tie franchise record with 12-run rally vs. Cubs

March 8, 2013: Cardinals sign Allen Craig to a five-year extension

March 28, 2013: Adam Wainwright signs five-year extension to remain in St. Louis

November 22, 2013: Cardinals trade Freese and Salas for Bourjos and Grichuk

May 31, 2014: Oscar Taveras homers in his major-league debut

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

November 17, 2014: Cardinals trade for Jason Heyward following Oscar Taveras’s passing

May 28, 2017: Paul DeJong homers in his first major league at-bat

July 20, 2018: Matt Carpenter hits three homers, two doubles in historic 5-for-5 game

April 19, 2019: Lane Thomas hits two-run blast in his first major-league at-bat

2000s

March 23, 2000: Cardinals trade Kent Bottenfield and Adam Kennedy for Jim Edmonds

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

October 3, 2000: Rick Ankiel develops the yips

November 2, 2000: Will Clark retires as a Cardinal

April 6, 2001: Pujols hits his first career homer in breakout game

August 2, 2001: Cardinals trade Ray Lankford for Woody Williams

September 3, 2001: Rookie Bud Smith throws a no-hitter

November 12, 2001: Albert Pujols is unanimous Rookie of the Year selection

January 4, 2002: Matt Morris, Cardinals agree to a three-year deal

January 8, 2002: Ozzie Smith is elected to the Hall of Fame

January 29, 2002: Cardinals sign their first Japanese-born player, So Taguchi

July 29, 2002: Cardinals trade for all-star third baseman Scott Rolen

June 19, 2003: Bo Hart makes his debut and sparks the Cardinals

December 13, 2003: Cardinals deal J.D. Drew and Eli Marrero to get Jason Marquis, Ray King, and Adam Wainwright

February 19, 2004: Albert Pujols signs a team-record $100 million extension with the Cardinals

June 3, 2004: Molina gets two hits, throws out first baserunner in his debut game

July 20, 2004: Albert Pujols goes 5-for-5 with three home runs in Cardinals’ comeback

August 6, 2004: Cardinals trade for Larry Walker as they make World Series push

December 18, 2004: Cardinals trade for Mark Mulder

December 23, 2004: David Eckstein signs with the Cardinals

Chris Carpenter’s Cy Young Award-winning 2005 season (Part 1)

Chris Carpenter’s Cy Young Award-winning 2005 season (Part 2)

Chris Carpenter’s Cy Young Award-winning 2005 season (Part 3)

Chris Carpenter’s Cy Young Award-winning 2005 season (Part 4)

April 27, 2005: Mark Grudzielanek hits for the cycle

February 17, 2006: Cardinals sign Scott Spiezio and spur a phenomenon

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

May 24, 2006: Adam Wainwright homers in his first big-league at-bat

April 6, 2007: A clutch double play and three RBIs from Chris Duncan help Adam Wainwright win his first MLB start

August 9, 2007: Rick Ankiel returns to the majors – as an outfielder

January 14, 2008: Cardinals trade Scott Rolen to the Blue Jays for Troy Glaus

March 13, 2008: Cardinals sign Kyle Lohse

March 20, 2008: Cardinals sign Adam Wainwright to his first contract extension

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

August 19, 2009: Cardinals sign John Smoltz in their push for postseason glory

1990s

April 23, 1990: Cardinals trade for the “Wonder Dog,” Rex Hudler

May 4, 1990: Cardinals trade Tom Brunansky to Boston for Lee Smith

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

August 21, 1990: Ray Lankford provides spark in his big-league debut

November 25, 1991: Cardinals trade Ken Hill for Andres Galarraga

April 26, 1992: Ozzie Smith swipes his 500th career stolen base

May 26, 1992: Ozzie Smith triples for his 2,000th career hit

February 12, 1993: Cardinals trade Felix Jose to the Royals for Gregg Jefferies

March 31, 1993: Indians trade Mark Whiten to the Cardinals

April 13, 1993: Lee Smith becomes baseball’s career saves leader

September 7, 1993: Mark Whiten homers four times

December 12, 1994: Tom Henke signs deal to play his final season in St. Louis

December 15, 1995: Willie McGee returns to St. Louis

December 23, 1995: Cardinals sign Ron Gant and Andy Benes

January 9, 1996: Cardinals acquire Todd Stottlemyre in trade with Athletics

February 13, 1996: A’s trade Dennis Eckersley to the Cardinals

April 3, 1996: Stottlemyre, Eckersley earn Cardinals firsts in win vs. Mets

May 18, 1996: John Mabry hits for the cycle

June 19, 1996: Ozzie Smith announces he will retire at season’s end

July 12, 1996: Gant, Gaetti pace Cardinals’ seven home runs in win over the Cubs

September 2, 1996: Ozzie Smith and Willie McGee spark Cardinals’ comeback

April 8, 1997: Willie McGee hits his first career walk-off home run

June 13, 1997: Cardinals get Fernando Valenzuela in trade with Padres

July 31, 1997: Cardinals trade for Mark McGwire

August 8, 1997: Mark McGwire hits his first Cardinals home run in his Busch Stadium debut

March 31, 1998: Mark McGwire grand slam lifts Cardinals to season-opening win

July 26, 1998: McGwire’s 44th home run breaks Johnny Mize’s 1940 record

September 8, 1998: McGwire breaks Maris’s home run record with No. 62

December 14, 1998: Cardinals fill their shortstop need with trade for Edgar Renteria

April 23, 1999: Fernando Tatis hits two grand slams in the same inning

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

November 16, 1999: Cardinals trade for Darryl Kile

December 20, 1999: Cardinals finally get their man in trade for Fernando Vina

1980s

Keith Hernandez Part 1: Road to the MVP

Keith Hernandez Part 2: Champions in ’82, Traded in ’83

Keith Hernandez Part 3: Post-Cardinals Career and Legacy

April 30, 1980: Cardinals acquire Jim Kaat to shore up their bullpen

June 9, 1980: Whitey Herzog manages his first game for the St. Louis Cardinals

December 7, 1980: Whitey Herzog’s roster rebuild begins with Darrell Porter

December 9, 1980: Cubs trade Bruce Sutter to the Cardinals

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

June 7, 1981: The Cardinals trade for Joaquin Andujar

October 21, 1981: Yankees’ outfield logjam allows Cardinals to trade for Willie McGee

November 20, 1981: Cardinals trade for Lonnie Smith

April 1, 1982, Cardinals acquire reliever Jeff Lahti in trade with Reds

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

September 4, 1982: Lonnie Smith ties NL record with five stolen bases

September 26, 1983: Bob Forsch throws his second no-hitter

May 15, 1984: Andujar calls his shot, hits grand slam

June 15, 1984: Cardinals trade Ken Oberkfell for Ken Dayley and Mike Jorgensen

June 23, 1984: Willie McGee hits for the cycle in the ‘Ryne Sandberg game’

July 18, 1984: Terry Pendleton gets three hits in his MLB debut

December 12, 1984: Cardinals trade George Hendrick to the Pirates for John Tudor

January 7, 1985: Lou Brock is elected to the Hall of Fame

February 1, 1985: Cardinals finalize trade for Jack Clark

April 2, 1985: Cardinals trade for ‘Secret Weapon’ Jose Oquendo

April 15, 1985: Ozzie Smith announces new contract, homers in Cardinals’ home opener

April 18, 1985: Vince Coleman steals two bags in his MLB debut

May 21, 1985: Vince Coleman’s first career homer stays inside the park

October 13, 1985: Busch Stadium’s automated tarp runs over Vince Coleman’s legs

November 18, 1985: Willie McGee is named National League MVP

November 27, 1985: Vince Coleman win the National League Rookie of the Year Award

August 10, 1986: Bob Forsch hits a grand slam to top the Pirates, 5-4

November 24, 1986: Todd Worrell is named NL Rookie of the Year

April 1, 1987: Pirates trade all-star catcher Tony Pena to the Cardinals

April 18, 1987: Tom Herr’s 10th-inning grand slam lifts Cardinals over the Mets on Seat Cushion Night

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

January 6, 1988: Jack Clark signs with the Yankees

January 14, 1988: Cardinals sign Bob Horner despite Herzog’s initial concerns

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

April 22, 1988: Cardinals trade Tom Herr to the Twins for Tom Brunansky

August 16, 1988: Cardinals trade John Tudor for Pedro Guerrero

December 16, 1988: Cardinals get Milt Thompson in trade with Phillies

February 28, 1989: Red Schoendienst is elected to the Hall of Fame

1970s

February 1, 1970: The Veterans Committee elects Jesse Haines to the Hall of Fame

August 14, 1971: Bob Gibson pitches his ‘greatest game,’ no-hits the Pirates

February 25, 1972: Cardinals trade Steve Carlton to the Phillies

June 27, 1973: Joe Torre hits for the cycle with an assist from Red Schoendienst

July 12, 1974: Bob Forsch throws a complete-game shutout for his first career win

July 17, 1974: Bob Gibson throws 3,000th strikeout the same day Dizzy Dean passes away

September 10, 1974: Lou Brock breaks Maury Wills’ single-season stolen base record

November 26, 1974: Bake McBride wins the NL Rookie of the Year Award

May 27, 1975: Lou Brock hits for the cycle

August 29, 1977: Lou Brock breaks Cobb’s career stolen-base record

April 16, 1978: Bob Forsch throws the most controversial no-hitter in Cardinals history

May 26, 1978: Cardinals bolster lineup with trade for George Hendrick

January 25, 1979: Cardinals acquire John Stuper in trade with the Pirates

August 13, 1979: Lou Brock collects his 3,000th career hit in resurgent final season

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

1960s

How Bill White, Curt Flood, and others integrated Cardinals spring training

March 7, 1961: Red Schoendienst turns down other offers to return to St. Louis

June 23, 1961: Musial homers twice, drives in seven to power Cardinals past the Giants

September 14, 1961: Ken Boyer hits walk-off home run to complete the cycle

July 8, 1962: 41-year-old Stan Musial hits three homers to power Cardinals past the Mets

November 4, 1963: Cardinals acquire Roger Craig in trade with Mets

May 20, 1964: Gibson strikes out 12 Cubs in a 1-0 shutout

June 15, 1964: Cardinals acquire Lou Brock in trade for Ernie Broglio

June 16, 1964: Ken Boyer hits for the cycle and Lou Brock makes his first start for the Cardinals in 7-1 win

November 23, 1964: Ken Boyer is named National League MVP

May 8, 1966: Cardinals trade for future MVP Orlando Cepeda

May 9, 1967: Roger Maris hits his first Cardinals home run

July 3, 1967: Brock stolen base ignites brawl between Cardinals and Reds

July 15, 1967: Bob Gibson faces three Pirates with a broken leg

November 7, 1967: Voters unanimously name Orlando Cepeda NL MVP

January 23, 1968: Joe Medwick is elected to the Hall of Fame

September 18, 1968: Ray Washburn matches Gaylord Perry’s no-hitter

November 13, 1968: Bob Gibson named National League MVP

January 21, 1969: Stan Musial is elected to the Hall of Fame

March 17, 1969: Cardinals trade Orlando Cepeda for Joe Torre

September 15, 1969: Steve Carlton sets record with 19 strikeouts vs. Mets

1950s

July 11, 1950: How Red Schoendienst called his shot at the 1950 all-star game

July 27, 1953: Dizzy Dean is inducted into the Hall of Fame

April 13, 1954: Tom Alston, Wally Moon make history in their big-league debuts

May 2, 1954: Stan Musial hits record five home runs in doubleheader vs. Giants

May 25, 1954: Wally Moon steals four bases, nearly ties 50-year-old NL record

June 30, 1954: Joe Cunningham drives in five in his major-league debut

June 17, 1956: Whitey Herzog steals home

December 5, 1957: The Reds trade Curt Flood to the Cardinals

May 13, 1958: Musial reaches 3,000 hits

March 25, 1959: Giants trade Bill White to the Cardinals

July 30, 1959: Bob Gibson shuts out the Reds in his first career start

1940s

May 7, 1940: Cardinals clobber seven home runs in 18-2 rout of the Dodgers

July 13, 1940: Johnny Mize hits walk-off triple to complete the cycle

August 30, 1941: Lon Warneke finally throws his no-hitter

September 17, 1941: Stan Musial makes his debut

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

January 20, 1942: Rogers Hornsby is elected to the Hall of Fame

March 4, 1948: Stan Musial ends brief spring training holdout

December 2, 1948: Stan Musial wins his third MVP Award

July 24, 1949: Stan Musial hits for the cycle, powers Cardinals into first place

1930s

September 28, 1930: Dizzy Dean makes his major-league debut

April 11, 1932: Cardinals trade defending NL batting champion and future Hall of Famer Chick Hafey

May 5, 1933: Pepper Martin hits for the cycle in 5-3 win vs. the Phillies

May 11, 1934: Paul Dean emerges with extra-inning win over Carl Hubbell and the defending world champion Giants

July 1, 1934: Dizzy Dean pitches 17 frames and Joe Medwick hits a game-winning homer in 18-inning marathon

September 21, 1934: Hours after his brother throws a three-hit shutout, Paul Dean throws the second no-hitter in Cardinals history

September 30, 1934: Dizzy Dean’s 30th win clinches the National League pennant

May 5, 1935: Dizzy Dean faces Babe Ruth

June 29, 1935: Joe Medwick caps cycle with a home run off the foul pole

July 16, 1935: Dizzy Dean wins over the crowd as he accepts the NL MVP trophy

January 18, 1938: Former World Series hero Grover Cleveland Alexander is elected to the Hall of Fame

1920s

July 17, 1924: Jesse Haines throws the first no-hitter in Cardinals history

June 23, 1926: Rogers Hornsby tallies his 2,000th hit and slugs key grand slam in Cardinals win

October 3, 1926: Cardinals even the 1926 World Series behind the heroics of Alexander and Southworth

October 5, 1926: Jesse Haines leads Cardinals to Game 3 World Series win

October 9, 1926: Cardinals clobber Yankees 10-2 in World Series Game 6

October 10, 1926: Alexander saves Game 7 as Cardinals clinch their first World Series title

July 15, 1927: Jim Bottomley gets five hits, becomes second Cardinal to hit for the cycle in a 9-7 comeback win

July 6, 1929: Jim Bottomley and Chick Hafey each hit grand slams in Cardinals’ 28-6 win over the Phillies

PRE-1920s

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

June 11, 1917: Bill Doak pitches 15 innings and Mike Gonzalez steals home in Cardinals’ extra-inning win