February 1, 1985: Cardinals finalize trade for Jack Clark

The trade to obtain Jack Clark may have taken longer than anyone would have liked, but in the end, the St. Louis Cardinals had the middle-of-the-order slugger they needed to capture two National League championships. After finishing third in the National League East in 1984, Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog had made clear that his topContinue reading “February 1, 1985: Cardinals finalize trade for Jack Clark”

April 18, 1987: Tom Herr’s 10th-inning grand slam lifts Cardinals over the Mets on Seat Cushion Night

For decades afterwards, Cardinals fans would simply remember the game as “Seat Cushion Night.” The Cardinals and Mets game on April 18, 1987, appeared on the schedule to be an ordinary April ballgame. It was just the 10th game of the season for both teams, and while the St. Louis and New York ballclubs wereContinue reading “April 18, 1987: Tom Herr’s 10th-inning grand slam lifts Cardinals over the Mets on Seat Cushion Night”

November 20, 1981: Cardinals trade for Lonnie Smith

The day after the Cardinals, Phillies, and Indians agreed on a three-team deal that sent Lonnie Smith to St. Louis, Philadelphia Daily News reporter Bill Conlin wrote that it “was a deal filled with marvelous paradoxes.”[1] The Cardinals already had outfielders George Hendrick, David Green, Dane Iorg, and Sixto Lezcano on the roster, and hadContinue reading “November 20, 1981: Cardinals trade for Lonnie Smith”

October 21, 1985: Yankees’ outfield logjam allows Cardinals to trade for Willie McGee

On the same day that Tommy John threw seven shutout innings to lead the Yankees to a 3-0 win over the Dodgers in Game 2 of the 1981 World Series, the Cardinals and Yankees quietly made a deal that would help the Cardinals capture the 1982 world championship. The trade, which sent Yankees minor leagueContinue reading “October 21, 1985: Yankees’ outfield logjam allows Cardinals to trade for Willie McGee”

September 26, 1983: Bob Forsch throws his second no-hitter

Bob Forsch wasn’t looking to make history. When the 33-year-old right-hander took the Busch Stadium mound on September 26, 1983, he was just looking to salvage a miserable season, both for himself and for the defending world champions. Heading into their second-to-last home stand of the season, the Cardinals were just 75-81, 11 games behindContinue reading “September 26, 1983: Bob Forsch throws his second no-hitter”