February 9, 1988: Cardinals trade Horton and Johnson for DeLeon

For years, Cardinals scouts had believed in Jose DeLeon’s potential. On February 9, 1988, the team gambled on that potential, trading center fielder Lance Johnson, left-handed pitcher Rick Horton, and an estimated $100,000 to the White Sox to obtain the 27-year-old right-hander. Negotiations for the right-hander had begun back in back in November, but CardinalsContinue reading “February 9, 1988: Cardinals trade Horton and Johnson for DeLeon”

February 28, 1989: Red Schoendienst is elected to the Hall of Fame

After 33 years, Red Schoenienst and Stan Musial were roommates once again – this time in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. On February 28, 1989, Hall of Fame president Ed Stack called Schoendienst to share the good news that the 10-time all-star had been elected to the Hall of Fame by the veterans committee.Continue reading “February 28, 1989: Red Schoendienst is elected to the Hall of Fame”

January 15, 1981: Bob Gibson is elected to the Hall of Fame

The 1981 Hall of Fame ballot was stacked with stars who would one day receive their day in Cooperstown. Joining Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson among the candidates were future Hall of Famers Don Drysdale, Gil Hodges, Harmon Killebrew, Juan Marichal, and Hoyt Wilhelm. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch even ran a story noting that all sixContinue reading “January 15, 1981: Bob Gibson is elected to the Hall of Fame”

January 6, 1988: Jack Clark signs with the Yankees

With the holidays in the rearview mirror and spring training just a few weeks away, Jack Clark finally lost patience. On January 6, 1988, the Cardinals’ leading home-run hitter during their National League pennant-winning seasons in 1985 and 1987 signed a two-year, $3 million contract with the Yankees. Since the Cardinals acquired Clark from theContinue reading “January 6, 1988: Jack Clark signs with the Yankees”

January 14, 1988: Cardinals sign Bob Horner despite Herzog’s initial concerns

When the idea of signing Bob Horner to replace Jack Clark was first broached, Whitey Herzog didn’t pull any punches. “I don’t like Horner,” the Cardinals manager said. “Of his lifetime homers, about 70% were hit in Atlanta. He never could hit in St. Louis. He can’t hit and he can’t field, and he wantsContinue reading “January 14, 1988: Cardinals sign Bob Horner despite Herzog’s initial concerns”