What I’m Reading: “The Year of the Pitcher” by Sridhar Pappu

In The Year of the Pitcher: Bob Gibson, Denny McLain, and the End of Baseball’s Golden Age, author Sridhar Pappu seeks to put the 1968 baseball season in the larger context of political and societal turmoil embroiling the nation. While I always appreciate it when baseball books place the events taking place on the fieldContinue reading “What I’m Reading: “The Year of the Pitcher” by Sridhar Pappu”

March 31, 1998: Mark McGwire grand slam lifts Cardinals to season-opening win

Mark McGwire had a grand time in his first opening day with the St. Louis Cardinals. Eight months earlier, McGwire arrived in St. Louis in a trade that sent Erick Ludwick, T.J. Mathews, and Blake Stein to the Oakland Athletics. In his final 51 games of the 1997 season, McGwire hit 24 home runs forContinue reading “March 31, 1998: Mark McGwire grand slam lifts Cardinals to season-opening win”

What I’m Reading: “Tales From the St. Louis Cardinals Dugout” by Bob Forsch with Tom Wheatley

With “Tales From the St. Louis Cardinals Dugout: A Collection of the Greatest Cardinals Stories Ever Told,” former Cardinals pitcher Bob Forsch tells a wide range of stories from his 15-year career with the Cardinals, spanning from 1974 through 1988. Forsch’s long career in St. Louis allows him to tell stories featuring Cardinals from acrossContinue reading “What I’m Reading: “Tales From the St. Louis Cardinals Dugout” by Bob Forsch with Tom Wheatley”

June 4-5, 2011: Pujols hits back-to-back walk-off home runs against the Cubs

Heading into the Cardinals’ three-game, early-June series against the Chicago Cubs, Albert Pujols was experiencing a power outage. By the time the Cardinals left Busch Stadium with three victories – including back-to-back walk-off home runs – he had reminded everyone once again why Tony La Russa considered Pujols to be the greatest player he hadContinue reading “June 4-5, 2011: Pujols hits back-to-back walk-off home runs against the Cubs”

April 3, 1996: Stottlemyre, Eckersley earn Cardinals firsts in win vs. Mets

On April 3, 1996, the St. Louis Cardinals got their first glimpse of what their offseason additions had bought them. With a new ownership group following Anheuser-Busch’s sale of the team, the Cardinals had retooled following a disappointing 62-81 season in 1995. Joe Torre had been replaced by Tony La Russa; Andy Benes, Ron Gant,Continue reading “April 3, 1996: Stottlemyre, Eckersley earn Cardinals firsts in win vs. Mets”