June 30, 1954: Joe Cunningham drives in five in his major-league debut

June 30, 1954: Joe Cunningham drives in five in his major-league debut

On June 30, 1954, Joe Cunningham kicked off his 12-year major-league career with a single, homer, and five RBIs in an 11-3 St. Louis Cardinals victory over the Cincinnati Redlegs. Cunningham had been with the Cardinals’ International League affiliate, the Rochester Red Wings, on June 29 when manager Harry Walker informed the 22-year-old that he…

March 7, 1961: Red Schoendienst turns down other offers to return to St. Louis

March 7, 1961: Red Schoendienst turns down other offers to return to St. Louis

The Los Angeles Angels offered a starting job in a new franchise. In Milwaukee, where he had won the World Series in 1957, there was an offer to join the coaching staff. At age 38, however, Red Schoendienst was eager to return home to St. Louis. After receiving his unconditional release from Milwaukee and turning…

July 17, 1974: Bob Gibson throws 3,000th strikeout the same day Dizzy Dean passes away

July 17, 1974: Bob Gibson throws 3,000th strikeout the same day Dizzy Dean passes away

The same day the Cardinals lost one of the best pitchers in franchise history, another claimed his 3,000th strikeout victim. On July 17, 1974, Bob Gibson claimed the 3,000th strikeout of his career, retiring Cesar Geronimo on strikes in a 6-4 loss to the Reds. Early that morning, Dizzy Dean, the unquestioned ace of the…

June 27, 1973: Joe Torre hits for the cycle with an assist from Red Schoendienst

June 27, 1973: Joe Torre hits for the cycle with an assist from Red Schoendienst

On June 27, 1973, Joe Torre hit for the cycle for the first time in his 13-year major league career. He had Cardinals manager Red Schoendienst to thank for it. After hitting an eighth-inning triple to move within a single of the cycle, Torre asked Schoendienst to remove him from the game. Sensing that Torre…

June 15, 1964: Cardinals acquire Lou Brock in trade for Ernie Broglio

June 15, 1964: Cardinals acquire Lou Brock in trade for Ernie Broglio

Long before Cardinals general manager Bing Devine traded Ernie Broglio, Doug Clemens, and Bobby Shantz to the Cubs for Lou Brock, Jack Spring, and Paul Toth in June 1964, he’d been laying the groundwork for a deal. The preceding winter, Devine had inquired with Cubs general manager John Holland about Brock’s availability, but been rebuffed.…

May 25, 1954: Wally Moon steals four bases, nearly ties 50-year-old NL record

May 25, 1954: Wally Moon steals four bases, nearly ties 50-year-old NL record

Over the course of his 12-year career, Wally Moon was better known for his “Moon shot” home runs than his base-stealing ability. Nonetheless, on May 25, 1954, the rookie center fielder came one stolen base shy of breaking a 50-year-old National League record as he swiped four bags in a 9-4 Cardinals win over the…

July 11, 1950: How Red Schoendienst called his shot at the 1950 all-star game

July 11, 1950: How Red Schoendienst called his shot at the 1950 all-star game

St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Red Schoendienst was never quite sure what came over himself. The native of Germantown, Illinois, had never been one for boasting, but as he shagged fly balls in the Comiskey Park outfield alongside his fellow 1950 National League All-Stars, something came over him and he pointed to the right-field bleachers.…