2007

August 31, 2007: Juan Encarnacion suffers career-ending eye injury

Less than a year after celebrating the 2006 World Series championship with his teammates, Juan Encarnacion’s career was cut short when he was struck by a foul ball while standing in the on-deck circle awaiting his opportunity to pinch-hit. By the time he came to the Cardinals, Encarnacion was a veteran outfielder who already had …

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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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