June 15, 1984: Cardinals trade Ken Oberkfell for Ken Dayley and Mike Jorgensen

To acquire a relief pitcher who would become a cornerstone of their bullpen during their 1985 and 1987 National League pennant seasons, the Cardinals traded away one of the few remaining players from their 1982 world championship club. On June 15, 1984, the Cardinals traded infielder Ken Oberkfell, the team’s leading hitter at the timeContinue reading “June 15, 1984: Cardinals trade Ken Oberkfell for Ken Dayley and Mike Jorgensen”

June 7, 1981: The Cardinals trade for Joaquin Andujar

Whitey Herzog wasn’t certain exactly what caliber of pitcher he was receiving when he traded for Joaquin Andujar in 1981, but he did know one thing – the Cardinals were getting a personality unlike any they’d ever seen. Herzog had been on the search for pitching when Astros general manager Al Rosen called and offeredContinue reading “June 7, 1981: The Cardinals trade for Joaquin Andujar”

April 22, 1988: Cardinals trade Tom Herr to the Twins for Tom Brunansky

Tom Herr knew that the Cardinals needed to shake things up after winning just four of their first 15 games in 1988. Still, he was just as shocked as Cardinals fans when he entered the clubhouse following a 4-0 loss to the Mets and was informed that he had been traded to Minnesota for power-hittingContinue reading “April 22, 1988: Cardinals trade Tom Herr to the Twins for Tom Brunansky”

Keith Hernandez Part 3: Post-Cardinals Career and Legacy

This is Part 3 of a three-part series chronicling Keith Hernandez’s career, which includes Part 1: Road to the MVP and Part 2: Champions in ’82, Traded in ’83. As Keith Hernandez helped to turn around a Mets franchise that had been mired in the bottom of the National League East standings, Whitey Herzog and Hernandez continuedContinue reading “Keith Hernandez Part 3: Post-Cardinals Career and Legacy”

Keith Hernandez Part 2: Champions in ’82, Traded in ’83

This is Part 2 of a three-part series chronicling Keith Hernandez’s career, which includes Part 1: Road to the MVP and Part 3: Post-Cardinals Career and Legacy. After Keith Hernandez‘s MVP season, the Cardinals rewarded him with a five-year, $3.8 million contract. The contract made Hernandez’s salary more than 10 times larger than the $75,000Continue reading “Keith Hernandez Part 2: Champions in ’82, Traded in ’83”