St. Louis Cardinals

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 …

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June 3, 2004: Yadier Molina gets two hits, throws out first baserunner in his debut game

A muscle strain that literally took Cardinals catcher Mike Matheny’s breath away opened the door for 21-year-old Yadier Molina to make his major league debut and – as the third member of the catching Molina brothers to reach the majors – make a little history as well. On June 2, 2004, Matheny was removed in …

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July 17, 1924: Jesse Haines throws the first no-hitter in Cardinals history

Fresh off the first 20-win season of his career the year before, Jesse Haines was in the midst of a miserable 1924 campaign. The 6-foot, 190-pounder from Clayton, Ohio, recorded just one out in his season debut, and while he righted the ship with three wins in May, Haines appeared to be wilting in the …

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September 21, 1934: Hours after his brother throws a three-hit shutout, Paul Dean throws the second no-hitter in Cardinals history

After watching Dizzy Dean spin a three-hit shutout and Paul Dean throw the second no-hitter in St. Louis Cardinals history, Brooklyn Times-Union sportswriter Bill McCullough was moved to poetry with his lede in the next day’s paper: You may sing the praises of Mickey Cochrane’s Tigers and the glory of the Giants from the housetops. …

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April 6, 2007: A clutch double play and three RBIs from Chris Duncan help Adam Wainwright win his first MLB start

By the time Adam Wainwright made his first start, his bona fides as a stopper already had earned their place in St. Louis Cardinals history. During the 2006 playoffs, Wainwright made nine scoreless appearances, including four saves. In the National League Division Series against the San Diego Padres, he threw 1 1/3 innings in Game …

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July 3, 1967: Lou Brock stolen base ignites brawl between Cardinals and Reds

On July 3, 1967, the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds started the Independence Day fireworks a touch early with a 12-minute[1] brawl that required 19 St. Louis police officers to restore order.[2] Pursuing his 10th win of the season in front of the announced crowd of 47,663[3], Bob Gibson struck out Tommy Helms and …

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August 30, 1941: Lon Warneke finally throws his no-hitter

After throwing four one-hitters in his 12-year major-league career, Lon Warneke could be forgiven for thinking that perhaps the elusive no-hitter simply wasn’t meant to be. There was his season-opening game with the Chicago Cubs in 1934, when Adam Comorosky singled to center field with one out in the ninth. Five days later, he threw …

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August 14, 1971: Bob Gibson pitches his ‘greatest game,’ no-hits the Pirates

Bob Gibson predicted many times throughout his career that he would never throw a no-hitter.[1] Before taking the mound against the Pittsburgh Pirates on August 14, 1971, he still had never thrown one. Not in college. Not in the minors. Not even in the 1968, a season dubbed the “year of the pitcher,” in no …

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April 16, 1978: Bob Forsch throws the most controversial no-hitter in Cardinals history

A misplayed ground ball by third baseman Ken Reitz and a judgment call by St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Neal Russo led to the most controversial no-hitter in St. Louis Cardinals history. In a Sunday afternoon game on April 16, 1978, Bob Forsch worked around two walks and a disputed error call to no-hit the Philadelphia …

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