September 26, 1983: Bob Forsch throws his second no-hitter

Bob Forsch wasn’t looking to make history. When the 33-year-old right-hander took the Busch Stadium mound on September 26, 1983, he was just looking to salvage a miserable season, both for himself and for the defending world champions. Heading into their second-to-last home stand of the season, the Cardinals were just 75-81, 11 games behindContinue reading “September 26, 1983: Bob Forsch throws his second no-hitter”

June 25, 1999: Cardinals rookie Jose Jimenez out-duels Randy Johnson with no-hitter

  On June 25, 1999, Arizona Diamondbacks fans came to Bank One Ballpark looking forward to a match-up between their flame-throwing left-hander, Randy Johnson, and the Cardinals’ record-breaking slugger, Mark McGwire. They indeed got to see something special – they just weren’t expecting it to come from rookie right-hander Jose Jimenez. With the assistance ofContinue reading “June 25, 1999: Cardinals rookie Jose Jimenez out-duels Randy Johnson with no-hitter”

What I’m Reading: “Pitch by Pitch” by Bob Gibson and Lonnie Wheeler

In “Pitch By Pitch: My View of One Unforgettable Game,” Bob Gibson and Lonnie Wheeler take readers through the first game of the 1968 World Series, a game in which Bob Gibson struck out a record 17 Detroit Tigers. This is the third collaboration between Gibson and Wheeler, who previously worked together on Gibson’s autobiography,Continue reading “What I’m Reading: “Pitch by Pitch” by Bob Gibson and Lonnie Wheeler”

September 7, 1993: Mark Whiten homers four times

In the hours before Mark Whiten made history with a four-homer, 12-RBI performance in the second game of a double-header against the Reds on September 7, 1993, he didn’t appear to be a man on the verge of the greatest performance of his major league career. The first game of the double-header was an uglyContinue reading “September 7, 1993: Mark Whiten homers four times”

September 3, 2001: Rookie Bud Smith throws a no-hitter

Prior to his September 3, 2001, start against the Padres, the 11th of his major league career, Bud Smith already had experience throwing no-hitters. As a high school junior, he had thrown one. He had even thrown two the previous season while pitching for the Cardinals’ Double-A affiliate in Arkansas, though admittedly both of thoseContinue reading “September 3, 2001: Rookie Bud Smith throws a no-hitter”