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

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

Just weeks ahead of the 1959 season, the Cardinals gambled on the potential of 25-year-old Bill White, dealing their ace, Sam Jones to the Giants, in a four-player trade that provided the Cardinals with a cornerstone of their 1964 World Series championship club. On March 25, 1959, Cardinals general manager Bing Devine dealt Jones and…

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

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

On July 30, 1959, Bob Gibson formally introduced himself to the Cincinnati Reds and Major League Baseball, earning the first of 251 career victories in the first starting assignment of his career. That April, Gibson had made three appearances for the Cardinals, each in relief. On April 15, Gibson made his major league debut, pitching…

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

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

Off to a slow start to the 1964 season, the Cardinals had to do something. For manager Bing Devine, that meant making one of the most famous deals in baseball history, trading Ernie Broglio, Bobby Shantz, and Doug Clemens to the Cubs for Lou Brock, Jack Spring, and Paul Toth. For Ken Boyer, that meant…

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

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

Fourteen years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, Bill White, a four-time all-star and the defending National League Gold Glove Award winner at first base, arrived in St. Petersburg, Florida, for spring training with the St. Louis Cardinals. While some of the Cardinals’ star players, such as Stan…