March 7, 1961: Red Schoendienst turns down other offers to return to St. Louis

The Los Angeles Angels offered a starting job in a new franchise. In Milwaukee, where he had won the World Series in 1957, there was an offer to join the coaching staff. At age 38, however, Red Schoendienst was eager to return home to St. Louis. After receiving his unconditional release from Milwaukee and turningContinue reading “March 7, 1961: Red Schoendienst turns down other offers to return to St. Louis”

January 23, 1968: Joe Medwick is elected to the Hall of Fame

In his final year on the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, Joe Medwick finally got the call he had been waiting 20 years to receive. On January 23, 1968, Medwick woke with a swollen jaw from a toothache that would require a trip to the dentist in the afternoon. Before that, however, he wentContinue reading “January 23, 1968: Joe Medwick is elected to the Hall of Fame”

January 21, 1969: Stan Musial is elected to the Hall of Fame

When Stan Musial was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot in 1969, the question wasn’t whether the three-time National League MVP Award winner would earn his place in Cooperstown. The real question was what the 23 voters who didn’t mark Musial’s name on their ballots were thinking. In hisContinue reading “January 21, 1969: Stan Musial is elected to the Hall of Fame”

November 23, 1964: Ken Boyer is named National League MVP

Ken Boyer had just returned from a quail-hunting trip in Hermann, Mo., when the phone rang. It was a reporter, calling to tell Boyer that he had just been named the 1964 National League MVP. “I guess 14 must be my lucky number,” Boyer said. “That’s my uniform number and that’s how many birds weContinue reading “November 23, 1964: Ken Boyer is named National League MVP”

November 13, 1968: Bob Gibson named National League MVP

In Bob Gibson’s autobiography, Stranger to the Game, he summarized his historic 1968 season simply: “In the summer of 1968, I mastered my craft,” he wrote.[1] That mastery was rewarded with both the National League Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards. On November 13, 1968, Gibson became the 14th Cardinal in franchise history toContinue reading “November 13, 1968: Bob Gibson named National League MVP”