July 26, 1998: McGwire’s 44th home run breaks Johnny Mize’s 1940 record

Mark McGwire’s pursuit of Babe Ruth and Roger Maris took him past Johnny Mize before the 1998 calendar turned to August. On July 26, McGwire’s 44th home run of the season of the season broke the franchise record set by Johnny Mize in 1940. The blast, which came in the Cardinals’ 104th game of theContinue reading “July 26, 1998: McGwire’s 44th home run breaks Johnny Mize’s 1940 record”

July 12, 1996: Gant, Gaetti pace Cardinals’ seven home runs in win over the Cubs

With 142 home runs in 162 games, the 1996 Cardinals weren’t exactly known for their power. But on July 12, the friendly confines of Wrigley Field couldn’t contain the St. Louis lineup as the Redbirds tied a 56-year-old team record with seven home runs in a 13-3 win over the Cubs. Ron Gant and GaryContinue reading “July 12, 1996: Gant, Gaetti pace Cardinals’ seven home runs in win over the Cubs”

June 19, 1996: Ozzie Smith announces he will retire at season’s end

With his 9-year-old son Dustin standing beside him on June 19, 1996, Ozzie Smith tearfully announced that the current campaign would mark the end of a legendary 19-year career that included a World Series championship, NLCS MVP Award, 13 Gold Glove Awards, and, with his upcoming appearance in the midsummer classic, 15 all-star appearances. “It’sContinue reading “June 19, 1996: Ozzie Smith announces he will retire at season’s end”

June 13, 1997: Cardinals get Fernando Valenzuela in trade with Padres

On June 13, 1997, Fernandomania came to St. Louis. On the same day that the Chicago Bulls won their fifth NBA championship in seven years, the Cardinals and Padres agreed to a trade that brought former Cy Young Award winner Fernando Valenzuela, infielder Scott Livingstone, and outfielder Phil Plantier to St. Louis in exchange forContinue reading “June 13, 1997: Cardinals get Fernando Valenzuela in trade with Padres”

April 26, 1992: Ozzie Smith swipes his 500th career stolen base

Heading into the 1992 season, Ozzie Smith was on the cusp of history. With 499 career stolen bases, was set to become just the 16th player in Major League Baseball history to steal 500 bases. However, heading into the Cardinals’ April 26 game against the Expos, The Wizard had yet to steal a base andContinue reading “April 26, 1992: Ozzie Smith swipes his 500th career stolen base”