April 23, 1999: Fernando Tatis hits two grand slams in the same inning

Less than seven months after Mark McGwire hit 70 home runs to set a single-season home run record, Fernando Tatis set a home run mark that may never be broken. A third-year player from San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, Tatis hit two grand slams off Chan Ho Park in the third inning of aContinue reading “April 23, 1999: Fernando Tatis hits two grand slams in the same inning”

January 9, 1996: Cardinals acquire Todd Stottlemyre in trade with Athletics

It turned out that the Cardinals weren’t quite done with their Christmas shopping. Having already obtained Royce Clayton, Ron Gant, Andy Benes, Willie McGee, and Gary Gaetti ahead of the 1996 season, the Cardinals added yet another newcomer when they traded outfielder Allen Battle and pitchers Jay Witasick, Carl Dale, and Bret Wagner to theContinue reading “January 9, 1996: Cardinals acquire Todd Stottlemyre in trade with Athletics”

December 23, 1995: Cardinals sign Ron Gant and Andy Benes

When the ownership group led by Bill DeWitt Jr., Andrew Baur, and Frederick O. Hanser announced just before Christmas 1995 that they had purchased the St. Louis Cardinals for $150 million, they were under no illusions – the Redbirds weren’t very good. The team had just completed a 62-81 strike-shortened season in which Joe TorreContinue reading “December 23, 1995: Cardinals sign Ron Gant and Andy Benes”

September 2, 1996: Ozzie Smith and Willie McGee spark Cardinals’ comeback

For the first time since the Whitey Herzog days of the 1980s, the Cardinals were in the thick of a pennant race. So it was fitting that two stars of the 1980s, Ozzie Smith and Willie McGee, led the Cardinals to an extra-inning victory over the Astros on September 2, 1996. The Cardinals entered theContinue reading “September 2, 1996: Ozzie Smith and Willie McGee spark Cardinals’ comeback”

November 25, 1991: Cardinals trade Ken Hill for Andres Galarraga

 By the end of the 1991 season, the St. Louis Cardinals knew they once again would be in the market for a power-hitting first baseman. At 35 years old, Pedro Guerrero had just completed his third season on the Busch Stadium Astroturf, and the wear and tear had begun to impact his numbers. In hisContinue reading “November 25, 1991: Cardinals trade Ken Hill for Andres Galarraga”