December 14, 1998: Cardinals fill their shortstop need with trade for Edgar Renteria

In December 1998, the Cardinals’ winding quest for a shortstop led them to Miami. On December 14, the Cardinals traded pitchers Braden Looper and Armando Almanza and shortstop prospect Pablo Ozuna to the Marlins for Edgar Renteria. Just 13 months earlier, Renteria’s 11th-inning RBI single off Charles Nagy won Game 7 of the World Series.Continue reading “December 14, 1998: Cardinals fill their shortstop need with trade for Edgar Renteria”

September 8, 1998: McGwire breaks Maris’s home run record with No. 62

One day after he hit his 61st home run of the season on his father’s 61st birthday, Mark McGwire’s shortest home run of the season launched him into the record books. On September 8, 1998, McGwire hit his 62nd home run of the season, breaking Roger Maris’s 1961 record with a 341-foot homer off CubsContinue reading “September 8, 1998: McGwire breaks Maris’s home run record with No. 62”

August 21, 1990: Ray Lankford provides spark in his big-league debut

It didn’t take long for Ray Lankford to demonstrate the blend of speed and power that made him a cornerstone of the Cardinals’ lineup throughout the 1990s. Batting sixth in his major league debut, Lankford doubled, stole a base, and scored a run in a 7-2 loss to the Braves on August 21, 1990. Lankford’sContinue reading “August 21, 1990: Ray Lankford provides spark in his big-league debut”

August 8, 1997: Mark McGwire hits his first Cardinals home run in his Busch Stadium debut

Cardinals fans welcomed Mark McGwire with a standing ovation prior to his first at-bat at Busch Stadium. In his second at-bat, McGwire returned the favor, blasting a 441-foot home run for his first home run wearing the birds on the bat. McGwire’s was the second of back-to-back home runs as the Cardinals defeated the PhilliesContinue reading “August 8, 1997: Mark McGwire hits his first Cardinals home run in his Busch Stadium debut”

July 31, 1997: Cardinals trade for Mark McGwire

On July 31, 1997, the Cardinals made the deadline deal of deadline deals, acquiring first baseman Mark McGwire from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for pitchers Eric Ludwick, T.J. Mathews, and Blake Stein. Heading into the final day before the trade deadline, Cardinals general manager Walt Jocketty told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that there wasContinue reading “July 31, 1997: Cardinals trade for Mark McGwire”