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

Bob Forsch wasn’t looking to make history. When the 33-year-old right-hander took the Busch Stadium mound on September 26, 1983, he was just looking to salvage a miserable season, both for himself and for the defending world champions. Heading into their second-to-last home stand of the season, the Cardinals were just 75-81, 11 games behind …

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

Prior to his September 3, 2001, start against the Padres, the 11th of his major league career, Bud Smith already had experience throwing no-hitters. As a high school junior, he had thrown one. He had even thrown two the previous season while pitching for the Cardinals’ Double-A affiliate in Arkansas, though admittedly both of those …

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

Heading into the Cardinals’ May 20, 1964, game against the Chicago Cubs, Bob Gibson knew he needed to do something different. So like the Karate Kid 20 years later, Gibson got to work polishing his car. “I threw well in spring training, but my shoulder has been stiff since then,” Gibson said. “I had to …

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

If you’re going to steal 110 bases as a rookie, you don’t have any time to waste. So when Tito Landrum and Willie McGee both went down with injuries, Vince Coleman made sure to make the most of his opportunity. Coleman had been attracting headlines for two years, ever since setting a new professional baseball …

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

Headed into the 1985 season, the St. Louis Cardinals were an enigma. After trading Keith Hernandez to the New York Mets in 1984 and allowing Bruce Sutter to leave for Atlanta via free agency, Cardinals fans feared that star shortstop Ozzie Smith, entering the last year of his contract, would be the next Redbird out …

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

Even before Chicago Cubs left-hander Glendon Rusch threw the game’s first pitch to St. Louis Cardinals leadoff batter Tony Womack, tensions were high in Wrigley Field. The previous night, the fireworks started when Jim Edmonds hit a two-run home run off Chicago’s Carlos Zambrano. The fiery Cubs right-hander felt that Edmonds spent too long admiring …

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August 9, 2007: Rick Ankiel homers in his return to the majors – as an outfielder

When Rick Ankiel arrived at Busch Stadium III on August 9, 2007, it had been almost seven years since he’d thrown five wild pitches in Game 1 of the National League Division Series and tied a 110-year-old record. It had been almost three years since he’d been in the majors, and 2 ½ years since …

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