August 19, 2009: Cardinals sign John Smoltz in their push for postseason glory

With a seven-game lead in the National League Central and six weeks remaining in the 2009 season, the Cardinals couldn’t pass the opportunity to add a future Hall of Famer to their rotation. “It was too inviting not to take a chance on,” Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said.[1] On August 19, 2009, the CardinalsContinue reading “August 19, 2009: Cardinals sign John Smoltz in their push for postseason glory”

August 21, 1990: Ray Lankford provides spark in his big-league debut

It didn’t take long for Ray Lankford to demonstrate the blend of speed and power that made him a cornerstone of the Cardinals’ lineup throughout the 1990s. Batting sixth in his major league debut, Lankford doubled, stole a base, and scored a run in a 7-2 loss to the Braves on August 21, 1990. Lankford’sContinue reading “August 21, 1990: Ray Lankford provides spark in his big-league debut”

August 16, 1988: Cardinals trade John Tudor for Pedro Guerrero

On August 16, 1988, the Cardinals’ quest for Jack Clark’s replacement led them to deal John Tudor, the left-handed pitcher who won 21 games in 1985, to the Dodgers in exchange for four-time all-star first baseman Pedro Guerrero. Clark had anchored the Cardinals’ lineups from 1985 through 1987, but in January 1988, he signed aContinue reading “August 16, 1988: Cardinals trade John Tudor for Pedro Guerrero”

August 13, 1979: Lou Brock collects his 3,000th career hit in resurgent final season

Technically, Lou Brock’s pursuit of 3,000 career hits began September 10, 1962, when he singled in his major league debut with the Chicago Cubs. However, the Cardinals legend didn’t give serious thought to the milestone until speaking to Detroit Tigers outfielder Al Kaline in 1974. That season, the 40-year-old Kaline had reached the milestone inContinue reading “August 13, 1979: Lou Brock collects his 3,000th career hit in resurgent final season”

August 10, 1986: Bob Forsch hits a grand slam to top the Pirates, 5-4

Bob Forsch may have made his name as a pitcher, but the Sacramento, California, native originally was drafted for his bat. On August 10, 1986, the veteran right-hander used both to lift the Cardinals to a 5-4 victory over the Pirates. Upon joining the Cardinals’ farm system, the 26th-round 1968 draft pick played third baseContinue reading “August 10, 1986: Bob Forsch hits a grand slam to top the Pirates, 5-4”