August 1, 1990: Cardinals name Joe Torre manager as Whiteyball era ends

August 1, 1990: Cardinals name Joe Torre manager as Whiteyball era ends

On August 1, 1990, the St. Louis Cardinals officially moved on from the “Whiteyball” era when they brought former Cardinals star Joe Torre back to take the managerial position vacated by Whitey Herzog just three weeks earlier. “During the selection process, I interviewed a number of very good candidates,” Cardinals general manager Dal Maxvill said,…

April 2, 1985: Cardinals trade for ‘Secret Weapon’ Jose Oquendo

April 2, 1985: Cardinals trade for ‘Secret Weapon’ Jose Oquendo

With no guarantees that they would be able to re-sign all-star shortstop Ozzie Smith before the end of the season, the Cardinals needed a secret weapon. They got exactly that on April 2, 1985, when they traded shortstop Angel Salazar and minor-league pitcher John Young to the Mets for shortstop Jose Oquendo and minor-league reliever…

April 1, 1987: Pirates trade all-star catcher Tony Pena to the Cardinals

April 1, 1987: Pirates trade all-star catcher Tony Pena to the Cardinals

Heading into the 1987 season, Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog felt that his club needed a top-flight catcher to make a push for the National League pennant. On April 1, he got the backstop he coveted, trading right fielder and corner infielder Andy Van Slyke, catcher Mike LaValliere, and minor-league pitcher Mike Dunne to the Pirates…

February 9, 1988: Cardinals trade Horton and Johnson for DeLeon

February 9, 1988: Cardinals trade Horton and Johnson for DeLeon

For years, Cardinals scouts had believed in Jose DeLeon’s potential. On February 9, 1988, the team gambled on that potential, trading center fielder Lance Johnson, left-handed pitcher Ricky Horton, and an estimated $100,000 to the White Sox to obtain the 27-year-old right-hander. Negotiations for the right-hander had begun back in back in November, but Cardinals…

January 6, 1988: Jack Clark signs with the Yankees

January 6, 1988: Jack Clark signs with the Yankees

With the holidays in the rearview mirror and spring training just a few weeks away, Jack Clark finally lost patience. On January 6, 1988, the Cardinals’ leading home-run hitter during their National League pennant-winning seasons in 1985 and 1987 signed a two-year, $3 million contract with the Yankees. Since the Cardinals acquired Clark from the…

January 14, 1988: Cardinals sign Bob Horner despite Herzog’s initial concerns

When the idea of signing Bob Horner to replace Jack Clark was first broached, Whitey Herzog didn’t pull any punches. “I don’t like Horner,” the Cardinals manager said. “Of his lifetime homers, about 70% were hit in Atlanta. He never could hit in St. Louis. He can’t hit and he can’t field, and he wants…

December 12, 1984: Cardinals trade George Hendrick to the Pirates for John Tudor

As Whitey Herzog looked ahead to the 1985 season, he knew he had plenty of outfield talent in the pipeline, but he desperately needed pitching. The Pirates, meanwhile, had plenty of pitching but needed to add punch to their offense. So on December 12, 1984, the Cardinals traded outfielder George Hendrick and utility man Steve…