August 13, 1979: Lou Brock collects his 3,000th career hit in resurgent final season

Technically, Lou Brock’s pursuit of 3,000 career hits began September 10, 1962, when he singled in his major league debut with the Chicago Cubs. However, the Cardinals legend didn’t give serious thought to the milestone until speaking to Detroit Tigers outfielder Al Kaline in 1974. That season, the 40-year-old Kaline had reached the milestone inContinue reading “August 13, 1979: Lou Brock collects his 3,000th career hit in resurgent final season”

July 17, 1974: Bob Gibson throws 3,000th strikeout the same day Dizzy Dean passes away

The same day the Cardinals lost one of the best pitchers in franchise history, another claimed his 3,000th strikeout victim. On July 17, 1974, Bob Gibson claimed the 3,000th strikeout of his career, retiring Cesar Geronimo on strikes in a 6-4 loss to the Reds. Early that morning, Dizzy Dean, the unquestioned ace of theContinue reading “July 17, 1974: Bob Gibson throws 3,000th strikeout the same day Dizzy Dean passes away”

July 12, 1974: Bob Forsch throws a complete-game shutout for his first career win

Bob Forsch wasn’t leaving his first major league win to chance. After losing his debut appearance with just two runs allowed over 6 2/3 innings, Forsch returned five days later, on July 12, 1974, and threw nine shutout innings to lead the Cardinals to a 10-0 victory in the second game of a double-header againstContinue reading “July 12, 1974: Bob Forsch throws a complete-game shutout for his first career win”

June 27, 1973: Joe Torre hits for the cycle with an assist from Red Schoendienst

On June 27, 1973, Joe Torre hit for the cycle for the first time in his 13-year major league career. He had Cardinals manager Red Schoendienst to thank for it. After hitting an eighth-inning triple to move within a single of the cycle, Torre asked Schoendienst to remove him from the game. Sensing that TorreContinue reading “June 27, 1973: Joe Torre hits for the cycle with an assist from Red Schoendienst”

May 27, 1975: Lou Brock hits for the cycle

On May 27, 1975, Lou Brock hit for the cycle for the only time in his Hall of Fame career during a 7-1 Cardinals’ victory over the Padres at Busch Stadium II. Brock entered the game on a roll. Since returning from a shoulder injury that occurred in late April, Brock had improved his battingContinue reading “May 27, 1975: Lou Brock hits for the cycle”