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

By the time Oscar Taveras made his major-league debut for the St. Louis Cardinals on May 31, 2014, it was almost impossible for expectations to get much higher. More than a year earlier, St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak compared Taveras to Albert Pujols, prompting Sports Illustrated to write prior to the 2013 season that …

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

On the day of Whitey Herzog’s first game as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, he found himself, somewhat baffled, in Marietta, Georgia, trying to get to the team hotel in nearby Atlanta. His misadventure began when he was given the wrong departure time for his flight. Then, after catching a later plane to Atlanta, …

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