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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 this extra-inning victory over the Astros.

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July 17, 1974: Bob Gibson throws 3,000th strikeout the same day Dizzy Dean passes away

The same day the Cardinals lost one of the best pitchers in franchise history, another claimed his 3,000th strikeout victim. On July 17, 1974, Bob Gibson claimed the 3,000th strikeout of his career, retiring Cesar Geronimo on strikes in a 6-4 loss to the Reds. Early that morning, Dizzy Dean, the unquestioned ace of theContinue reading “July 17, 1974: Bob Gibson throws 3,000th strikeout the same day Dizzy Dean passes away”

July 16, 1935: Dizzy Dean wins over the crowd as he accepts the NL MVP trophy

On July 16, 1935, as he accepted the Sporting News 1934 National League Most Valuable Player trophy, Dizzy Dean took the opportunity to win over the fans once again following a brief controversy regarding an exhibition game in Illinois. It was, perhaps, surprising that Dean had to win over the fans at all after hisContinue reading “July 16, 1935: Dizzy Dean wins over the crowd as he accepts the NL MVP trophy”

July 15, 1927: Jim Bottomley gets five hits, becomes second Cardinal to hit for the cycle in a 9-7 comeback win

On July 15, 1927, “Sunny” Jim Bottomley became just the second player in Cardinals history to hit for the cycle as he led St. Louis to a 9-7 comeback victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in the Baker Bowl. Bottomley’s 5-for-5 day helped the Cardinals rally from a 7-1 deficit after the Phillies jumped on startingContinue reading “July 15, 1927: Jim Bottomley gets five hits, becomes second Cardinal to hit for the cycle in a 9-7 comeback win”

July 13, 1940: Johnny Mize hits walk-off triple to complete the cycle

The Cardinals needed every one of Johnny Mize’s four hits to beat the New York Giants 7-6 in the first game of a July 13, 1940, double-header at Sportsman’s Park III. Mize’s feat marked the sixth time in franchise history that a Cardinal hit for the cycle, joining Cliff Heathcote, Jim Bottomley, Chick Hafey, PepperContinue reading “July 13, 1940: Johnny Mize hits walk-off triple to complete the cycle”

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