How Bill White, Curt Flood, and others integrated Cardinals spring training

Fourteen years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, Bill White, a four-time all-star and the defending National League Gold Glove Award winner at first base, arrived in St. Petersburg, Florida, for spring training with the St. Louis Cardinals. While some of the Cardinals’ star players, such as StanContinue reading “How Bill White, Curt Flood, and others integrated Cardinals spring training”

July 3, 1967: Brock stolen base ignites brawl between Cardinals and Reds

On July 3, 1967, the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds started the Independence Day fireworks a touch early with a 12-minute[1] brawl that required 19 St. Louis police officers to restore order.[2] Pursuing his 10th win of the season in front of the announced crowd of 47,663[3], Bob Gibson struck out Tommy Helms andContinue reading “July 3, 1967: Brock stolen base ignites brawl between Cardinals and Reds”

September 18, 1968: Ray Washburn matches Gaylord Perry’s no-hitter

The excitement of Gaylord Perry’s no-hitter against the Cardinals hadn’t worn off yet when Ray Washburn stepped to the Candlestick Park mound on September 18, 1968. As improbably as it seemed that 30-year-old right-hander would match Perry’s accomplishment, trainer Bob Bauman had an inkling. “When I was working on Washburn just before the game, IContinue reading “September 18, 1968: Ray Washburn matches Gaylord Perry’s no-hitter”

May 20, 1964: Gibson strikes out 12 Cubs in a 1-0 shutout

Heading into the Cardinals’ May 20, 1964, game against the Chicago Cubs, Bob Gibson knew he needed to do something different. So like the Karate Kid 20 years later, Gibson got to work polishing his car. “I threw well in spring training, but my shoulder has been stiff since then,” Gibson said. “I had toContinue reading “May 20, 1964: Gibson strikes out 12 Cubs in a 1-0 shutout”