July 6, 1929: Jim Bottomley and Chick Hafey each hit grand slams in Cardinals’ 28-6 win over the Phillies

When the 1929 St. Louis Cardinals finally broke their longest losing streak of the season, they did so in historic fashion. Excluding a July 1 tie with the Chicago Cubs, the Cardinals had lost 10 consecutive games headed into their July 6 double-header with the Philadelphia Phillies. To make matters worse, the St. Louis Post-DispatchContinue reading “July 6, 1929: Jim Bottomley and Chick Hafey each hit grand slams in Cardinals’ 28-6 win over the Phillies”

April 23, 1999: Fernando Tatis hits two grand slams in the same inning

Less than seven months after Mark McGwire hit 70 home runs to set a single-season home run record, Fernando Tatis set a home run mark that may never be broken. A third-year player from San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, Tatis hit two grand slams off Chan Ho Park in the third inning of aContinue reading “April 23, 1999: Fernando Tatis hits two grand slams in the same inning”

July 29, 2002: Cardinals trade for all-star third baseman Scott Rolen

When the trade was finally complete, the newest St. Louis Cardinal, Scott Rolen, recalled his father taking him to games at Busch Stadium in the 1980s. Now, following a trade that sent Placido Polanco, Bud Smith, and Mike Timlin to the Phillies for Rolen and minor-league pitcher Doug Nickle, the 27-year-old from Jasper, Indiana, wouldContinue reading “July 29, 2002: Cardinals trade for all-star third baseman Scott Rolen”

What I’m Reading: “That’s a Winner” by Jack Buck

In “Jack Buck: That’s a Winner,” the legendary Cardinals announcer takes readers through his life, first as a poor family in Cleveland, Ohio, then as a soldier in World War II, and then as a broadcaster. Buck’s most interesting stories are about his military service, where he served in Europe and was awarded the PurpleContinue reading “What I’m Reading: “That’s a Winner” by Jack Buck”

How Lou Brock and Bob Kennedy helped Keith Hernandez reach his potential

Without the efforts of Bob Kennedy and Lou Brock, Keith Hernandez may never have won the 1979 National League MVP Award – at least, not with the Cardinals. Hernandez was a 17-year-old out of Capuchino High School in San Bruno, California, when the Cardinals drafted him in the 42nd round of the 1971 draft. DueContinue reading “How Lou Brock and Bob Kennedy helped Keith Hernandez reach his potential”