October 7, 2011: Carpenter outduels Halladay to send the Cardinals to the NLCS

On paper, Game 5 of the 2011 National League Division Series between the Cardinals and Phillies appeared primed for a pitching duel. The result more than lived up to expectations. After the Phillies captured two of the first three games in the series, the Cardinals forced the decisive fifth game when David Freese drove inContinue reading “October 7, 2011: Carpenter outduels Halladay to send the Cardinals to the NLCS”

October 5, 2011: Rally Squirrel and David Freese emerge as postseason heroes

With the Cardinals’ backs against the wall in Game 4 of the 2011 NLDS, David Freese and the Rally Squirrel made their debuts as postseason heroes. Down two games to one in the best-of-five series following a 3-2 loss in Game 3, the Cardinals needed back-to-back wins to keep their season alive. That was aContinue reading “October 5, 2011: Rally Squirrel and David Freese emerge as postseason heroes”

October 2, 2011: Cardinals rally vs. Cliff Lee to win Game 2 of the NLDS

Things could not have looked much worse for the Cardinals early in Game 2 of their 2011 National League Division Series match-up against the Phillies. One day earlier, they lost the series opener 11-6 as Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, a graduate of Wildwood’s Lafayette High School, launched a three-run homer as part of aContinue reading “October 2, 2011: Cardinals rally vs. Cliff Lee to win Game 2 of the NLDS”

September 30, 1934: Dizzy Dean’s 30th win clinches the National League pennant

After pitching their second complete game in three days, most men would have applied every cube of ice they could find to their aching pitching arm. After shutting out the Reds on the final day of the 1934 season to secure the National League championship, Dizzy Dean had other ideas. Shortly after Dean walked offContinue reading “September 30, 1934: Dizzy Dean’s 30th win clinches the National League pennant”

September 24, 2020: Yadier Molina gets his 2,000th career hit

On September 24, 2020, Yadier Molina joined former teammate Albert Pujols and Hall of Famers Lou Brock, Rogers Hornsby, Stan Musial, and Enos Slaughter as the only Cardinals to reach 2,000 hits in their careers. The milestone came during the COVID-shortened 2020 season, so Molina became the only Cardinal to collect his 2,000th career hitContinue reading “September 24, 2020: Yadier Molina gets his 2,000th career hit”