June 23, 1926: Rogers Hornsby tallies his 2,000th hit and slugs key grand slam in Cardinals win

Rogers Hornsby’s 2,000th career hit didn’t just mark a milestone in the slugger’s Hall of Fame career – it helped to served notice that after years of futility, the Cardinals were ready to chase the National League pennant. Hornsby entered the game with 1,998 hits in a career that began in 1915 when, as aContinue reading “June 23, 1926: Rogers Hornsby tallies his 2,000th hit and slugs key grand slam in Cardinals win”

George “Specs” Toporcer

George “Specs” Toporcer played eight seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1921-28, helping the franchise capture its first World Series championship in 1926 and becoming the first major league infielder to wear glasses in a game. A talented utility infielder and pinch hitter, Specs Toporcer served as the backup second baseman to two futureContinue reading “George “Specs” Toporcer”

What I’m Reading: “The Cardinals and Yankees, 1926” by Paul E. Doutrich

In The Cardinals and Yankees, 1926: A Classic Season and St. Louis in Seven, Paul E. Doutrich tells the stories of the American and National League pennant winners in the titular season. The two teams provide practically a who’s who of 1920s baseball, from New York’s Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Bob Meusel to St.Continue reading “What I’m Reading: “The Cardinals and Yankees, 1926” by Paul E. Doutrich”

July 6, 1929: Jim Bottomley and Chick Hafey each hit grand slams in Cardinals’ 28-6 win over the Phillies

When the 1929 St. Louis Cardinals finally broke their longest losing streak of the season, they did so in historic fashion. Excluding a July 1 tie with the Chicago Cubs, the Cardinals had lost 10 consecutive games headed into their July 6 double-header with the Philadelphia Phillies. To make matters worse, the St. Louis Post-DispatchContinue reading “July 6, 1929: Jim Bottomley and Chick Hafey each hit grand slams in Cardinals’ 28-6 win over the Phillies”