July 30, 1959: Bob Gibson shuts out the Reds in his first career start

On July 30, 1959, Bob Gibson formally introduced himself to the Cincinnati Reds and Major League Baseball, earning the first of 251 career victories in the first starting assignment of his career. That April, Gibson had made three appearances for the Cardinals, each in relief. On April 15, Gibson made his major league debut, pitchingContinue reading “July 30, 1959: Bob Gibson shuts out the Reds in his first career start”

July 27, 1953: Dizzy Dean is inducted into the Hall of Fame

On July 27, 1953, the Baseball Hall of Fame celebrated Dizzy Dean’s remarkable career with an induction ceremony that formally recognized Dean as one of the game’s elite. “It’s the greatest honor I ever received,” Dean said. “I want to thank the good Lord for giving me a good right arm, a strong back, andContinue reading “July 27, 1953: Dizzy Dean is inducted into the Hall of Fame”

May 25, 1954: Wally Moon steals four bases, nearly ties 50-year-old NL record

Over the course of his 12-year career, Wally Moon was better known for his “Moon shot” home runs than his base-stealing ability. Nonetheless, on May 25, 1954, the rookie center fielder came one stolen base shy of breaking a 50-year-old National League record as he swiped four bags in a 9-4 Cardinals win over theContinue reading “May 25, 1954: Wally Moon steals four bases, nearly ties 50-year-old NL record”

May 13, 1958: Musial reaches 3,000 hits

Stan Musial and the Cardinals had planned for his 3,000th career hit to take place in St. Louis. Then baseball, as it so often does, got in the way. Musial entered the 1958 season with 2,957 hits and quickly closed in on the milestone, opening the season with a 17-game hit streak. That season-opening tearContinue reading “May 13, 1958: Musial reaches 3,000 hits”

July 11, 1950: How Red Schoendienst called his shot at the 1950 all-star game

St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Red Schoendienst was never quite sure what came over himself. The native of Germantown, Illinois, had never been one for boasting, but as he shagged fly balls in the Comiskey Park outfield alongside his fellow 1950 National League All-Stars, something came over him and he pointed to the right-field bleachers.Continue reading “July 11, 1950: How Red Schoendienst called his shot at the 1950 all-star game”