June 23, 1926: Rogers Hornsby tallies his 2,000th hit and slugs key grand slam in Cardinals win

Rogers Hornsby’s 2,000th career hit didn’t just mark a milestone in the slugger’s Hall of Fame career – it helped to served notice that after years of futility, the Cardinals were ready to chase the National League pennant. Hornsby entered the game with 1,998 hits in a career that began in 1915 when, as aContinue reading “June 23, 1926: Rogers Hornsby tallies his 2,000th hit and slugs key grand slam in Cardinals win”

What I’m Reading: Rogers Hornsby by Charles C. Alexander

In a lot of ways, Rogers Hornsby is the greatest St. Louis Cardinal that no one ever talks about. This is partly because the high point of his career with the Cardinals came in 1926, almost 100 years and 10 world championships ago. It’s also, at least partially, because Rogers Hornsby didn’t have the typeContinue reading “What I’m Reading: Rogers Hornsby by Charles C. Alexander”

George “Specs” Toporcer

George “Specs” Toporcer played eight seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1921-28, helping the franchise capture its first World Series championship in 1926 and becoming the first major league infielder to wear glasses in a game. A talented utility infielder and pinch hitter, Specs Toporcer served as the backup second baseman to two futureContinue reading “George “Specs” Toporcer”

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”

July 17, 1924: Jesse Haines throws the first no-hitter in Cardinals history

Fresh off the first 20-win season of his career the year before, Jesse Haines was in the midst of a miserable 1924 campaign. The 6-foot, 190-pounder from Clayton, Ohio, recorded just one out in his season debut, and while he righted the ship with three wins in May, Haines appeared to be wilting in theContinue reading “July 17, 1924: Jesse Haines throws the first no-hitter in Cardinals history”