June 23, 1926: Rogers Hornsby tallies his 2,000th hit and slugs key grand slam in Cardinals win

Rogers Hornsby’s 2,000th career hit didn’t just mark a milestone in the slugger’s Hall of Fame career – it helped to served notice that after years of futility, the Cardinals were ready to chase the National League pennant. Hornsby entered the game with 1,998 hits in a career that began in 1915 when, as aContinue reading “June 23, 1926: Rogers Hornsby tallies his 2,000th hit and slugs key grand slam in Cardinals win”

What I’m Reading: Rogers Hornsby by Charles C. Alexander

In a lot of ways, Rogers Hornsby is the greatest St. Louis Cardinal that no one ever talks about. This is partly because the high point of his career with the Cardinals came in 1926, almost 100 years and 10 world championships ago. It’s also, at least partially, because Rogers Hornsby didn’t have the typeContinue reading “What I’m Reading: Rogers Hornsby by Charles C. Alexander”

George “Specs” Toporcer

George “Specs” Toporcer played eight seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1921-28, helping the franchise capture its first World Series championship in 1926 and becoming the first major league infielder to wear glasses in a game. A talented utility infielder and pinch hitter, Specs Toporcer served as the backup second baseman to two futureContinue reading “George “Specs” Toporcer”

What I’m Reading: “The Cardinals and Yankees, 1926” by Paul E. Doutrich

In The Cardinals and Yankees, 1926: A Classic Season and St. Louis in Seven, Paul E. Doutrich tells the stories of the American and National League pennant winners in the titular season. The two teams provide practically a who’s who of 1920s baseball, from New York’s Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Bob Meusel to St.Continue reading “What I’m Reading: “The Cardinals and Yankees, 1926” by Paul E. Doutrich”

September 28, 1930: Dizzy Dean makes his major-league debut

With the National League championship wrapped up and a berth to the World Series guaranteed, the St. Louis Cardinals used their 1930 regular-season finale to get their first glimpse of  20-year-old Jay Hanna Dean – more commonly known as Dizzy Dean. One year prior, Dean had been pitching while stationed with the U.S. Army atContinue reading “September 28, 1930: Dizzy Dean makes his major-league debut”