April 16, 2006: Albert Pujols hits three home runs, including walk-off, to beat the Reds

April 16, 2006: Albert Pujols hits three home runs, including walk-off, to beat the Reds

With three home runs, including a walk-off, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth, Albert Pujols closed Busch Stadium III’s first homestand in style. Pujols and more than 36,000 Cardinals fans[1] celebrated Easter on April 16, 2006, with an 8-7 win over the Reds that included three home runs and five RBIs from…

April 8, 1997: Willie McGee hits his first career walk-off home run

April 8, 1997: Willie McGee hits his first career walk-off home run

After a winless six-game road trip to open the season, the 1997 Cardinals needed to turn their fortunes around. Willie McGee was all too happy to oblige with the first walk-off home run of his 16-year major-league career. “How beautiful was that?” outfielder Brian Jordan said. “Just the perfect ending.”[1] “You couldn’t write a better…

February 13, 1996: A’s trade Dennis Eckersley to the Cardinals

February 13, 1996: A’s trade Dennis Eckersley to the Cardinals

Tony La Russa had yet to manage a game for the St. Louis Cardinals, but his Oakland connections were already paying dividends. On February 13, 1996, the A’s traded Dennis Eckersley to St. Louis for minor-league reliever Steve Montgomery, making Eckersley the fourth former Athletics player alongside Mike Gallego, Rick Honeycutt, and Todd Stottlemyre to…

January 14, 2008: Cardinals trade Scott Rolen to the Blue Jays for Troy Glaus

As a 6-year-old boy growing up in Southern California, Troy Glaus proudly told his mother that he wanted to be the Cardinals’ third baseman. Twenty-five years later, that dream came true, though it required a “very personal” feud between Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and third baseman Scott Rolen to make it happen. On January…

October 28, 2011: Cardinals capture their 11th world championship

After rallying from 10 ½ games back in the National League wild-card race and falling behind five separate times in their 10-9 Game 6 victory over the Rangers, a 2-0 first-inning deficit didn’t seem like much for the 2011 Cardinals to overcome. Six unanswered runs later, the Cardinals had a 6-2 victory in World Series…

October 27, 2011: David Freese’s home run caps historic World Series Game 6

With rain threatening, Major League Baseball postponed the sixth game of the World Series a day. It was well worth the wait. The 47,325 fans at Busch Stadium that evening saw David Freese cement his legacy with a game-tying, two-run triple in the ninth inning and a game-winning solo home run in the 11th. Along…

October 19, 2011: Cardinals win World Series Game 1

The Cardinals opened the 2011 World Series using the same recipe that got them there in the first place: dependable starting pitching, timely hitting, and sparkling relief. Thanks to a diving play from starting pitcher Chris Carpenter, a two-run single by Lance Berkman, and three shutout innings from the bullpen, the Cardinals beat the Rangers…