September 21, 2011: David Freese’s game-winning home run pulls Cardinals within 1 1/2 games of the Braves

David Freese made a habit of coming through with big, two-out hits in the fall of 2011. While Freese stunned the Rangers – and all of baseball – with his clutch performance in the World Series, the Cardinals got their first glimpse of Freese’s penchant for the dramatic on September 21, when his three-run homeContinue reading “September 21, 2011: David Freese’s game-winning home run pulls Cardinals within 1 1/2 games of the Braves”

September 23, 1941: Stan Musial hits his first career home run

On September 23, 1941, Stan Musial hit the first home run of his Hall of Fame career. Though it was just his eighth game since the Cardinals called him up from their minor-league affiliate in Rochester, Musial already had established himself as a dangerous hitter. In his big-league debut, Musial tallied two hits, including aContinue reading “September 23, 1941: Stan Musial hits his first career home run”

September 17, 1941: Stan Musial makes his debut

On September 17, 1941, the greatest Cardinal of all-time made his major-league debut. Sandwiched between center fielder Johnny Hopp and first baseman Johnny Mize in the No. 3 spot in the Cardinals’ lineup, 20-year-old Stan Musial had two hits, including a two-run double, in the Cardinals’ 3-2 win over the Boston Braves. The native ofContinue reading “September 17, 1941: Stan Musial makes his debut”

September 16, 2011: Adron Chambers’ first MLB hit pulls Cardinals within 3 1/2 games of the wild card-leading Braves

With less than two weeks remaining in the 2011 season, every game was crucial as the Cardinals sought to catch the Braves in the National League wild-card race. Entering their September 16 game against the NL East-leading Phillies, the Cardinals had won six of their last seven games and cut Atlanta’s wild-card lead to 4Continue reading “September 16, 2011: Adron Chambers’ first MLB hit pulls Cardinals within 3 1/2 games of the wild card-leading Braves”

September 15, 1969: Steve Carlton sets record with 19 strikeouts vs. Mets

Steve Carlton didn’t realize he was closing in on the single-game strikeout record until he looked up after eight innings and saw the number 16 flash across the scoreboard. Those 16 strikeouts left him just two shy of 18, a major-league record shared by Sandy Koufax (who accomplished the feat twice), Bob Feller, and DonContinue reading “September 15, 1969: Steve Carlton sets record with 19 strikeouts vs. Mets”