Orlando Cepeda

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

Orlando Cepeda and Ray Sadecki had very different reactions when they were traded for one another on May 8, 1966. The trade was announced after the Giants’ three-game sweep of the Cardinals in the final games played at the historic Sportsman’s Park, since renamed Busch Stadium. Cepeda, who had missed almost the entire 1965 season …

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

On March 17, 1969, the Cardinals traded a former National League MVP for a future one, sending first baseman Orlando Cepeda to the Braves for catcher and first baseman Joe Torre. The 29-year-old Torre’s departure from the Braves was no surprise. Since placing second to Billy Williams in the National League Rookie of the Year …

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

In 1967, Orlando Cepeda was more than the heart of the World Series champion “El Birdos.” On November 7, he was named the first unanimous National League MVP since Carl Hubbell received all six first-place votes in 1936. “The Most Valuable Player Award, that’s the best compliment any ballplayer can desire,” Cepeda said.[1] The recognition …

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

The excitement of Gaylord Perry’s no-hitter against the Cardinals hadn’t worn off yet when Ray Washburn stepped to the Candlestick Park mound on September 18, 1968. As improbably as it seemed that 30-year-old right-hander would match Perry’s accomplishment, trainer Bob Bauman had an inkling. “When I was working on Washburn just before the game, I …

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