November 13, 1968: Bob Gibson named National League MVP

In Bob Gibson’s autobiography, Stranger to the Game, he summarized his historic 1968 season simply: “In the summer of 1968, I mastered my craft,” he wrote.[1] That mastery was rewarded with both the National League Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards. On November 13, 1968, Gibson became the 14th Cardinal in franchise history toContinue reading “November 13, 1968: Bob Gibson named National League MVP”

November 7, 1967: Voters unanimously name Orlando Cepeda NL MVP

In 1967, Orlando Cepeda was more than the heart of the World Series champion “El Birdos.” On November 7, he was named the first unanimous National League MVP since Carl Hubbell received all six first-place votes in 1936. “The Most Valuable Player Award, that’s the best compliment any ballplayer can desire,” Cepeda said.[1] The recognitionContinue reading “November 7, 1967: Voters unanimously name Orlando Cepeda NL MVP”

November 4, 1963: Cardinals acquire Roger Craig in trade with Mets

On November 4, 1963, the Cardinals acquired Roger Craig from the Mets in exchange for outfielder George Altman and rookie pitcher Bill Wakefield. Less than a year later, Craig pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings to win Game 4 of the 1964 World Series and help St. Louis claim its seventh world championship. Craig’s pitching careerContinue reading “November 4, 1963: Cardinals acquire Roger Craig in trade with Mets”

September 15, 1969: Steve Carlton sets record with 19 strikeouts vs. Mets

Steve Carlton didn’t realize he was closing in on the single-game strikeout record until he looked up after eight innings and saw the number 16 flash across the scoreboard. Those 16 strikeouts left him just two shy of 18, a major-league record shared by Sandy Koufax (who accomplished the feat twice), Bob Feller, and DonContinue reading “September 15, 1969: Steve Carlton sets record with 19 strikeouts vs. Mets”

September 14, 1961: Ken Boyer hits walk-off home run to complete the cycle

On September 14, 1961, all-star Cardinals third baseman Ken Boyer became the first player in major league history to complete the cycle with a walk-off home run. Boyer’s 11th-inning, game-winning blast against the Cubs concluded a busy day in the batter’s box for Boyer, who totaled seven hits in the evening double-header. In the opener,Continue reading “September 14, 1961: Ken Boyer hits walk-off home run to complete the cycle”