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 Rick 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 CardinalsContinue reading “February 9, 1988: Cardinals trade Horton and Johnson for DeLeon”

February 28, 1989: Red Schoendienst is elected to the Hall of Fame

After 33 years, Red Schoenienst and Stan Musial were roommates once again – this time in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. On February 28, 1989, Hall of Fame president Ed Stack called Schoendienst to share the good news that the 10-time all-star had been elected to the Hall of Fame by the veterans committee.Continue reading “February 28, 1989: Red Schoendienst is elected to the Hall of Fame”

February 25, 1972: Cardinals trade Steve Carlton to the Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies general manager Quinn answered the phone on Wednesday, February 25, 1972, to discover his Cardinals counterpart, Bing Devine, on the other end. “Has Rick Wise signed?” Devine asked, referring to the 26-year-old right-hander who had led the Phillies in wins each of the past three seasons. Quinn answered that no, he had notContinue reading “February 25, 1972: Cardinals trade Steve Carlton to the Phillies”

February 12, 1993: Cardinals trade Felix Jose to the Royals for Gregg Jefferies

After Pedro Guerrero retired and Andres Galarraga signed with the Rockies, the Cardinals needed to think outside the box to fill their first base vacancy. On February 12, 1993, the Cardinals announced that they had traded outfielder Felix Jose and utility infielder Craig Wilson to the Royals for infielder Gregg Jefferies and minor-league outfielder EdContinue reading “February 12, 1993: Cardinals trade Felix Jose to the Royals for Gregg Jefferies”

February 18, 2011: Jim Edmonds retires

At age 40, Jim Edmonds hoped to tack one more year on the end of a major-league career that had spanned 17 seasons and more than 2,000 games. Unfortunately, just two weeks after Jim Edmonds signed a minor league contract to return to the Cardinals, a lingering Achilles injury forced him to announce his retirement.Continue reading “February 18, 2011: Jim Edmonds retires”