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”

June 15, 1964: Cardinals acquire Lou Brock in trade for Ernie Broglio

Long before Cardinals general manager Bing Devine traded Ernie Broglio, Doug Clemens, and Bobby Shantz to the Cubs for Lou Brock, Jack Spring, and Paul Toth in June 1964, he’d been laying the groundwork for a deal. The preceding winter, Devine had inquired with Cubs general manager John Holland about Brock’s availability, but been rebuffed.Continue reading “June 15, 1964: Cardinals acquire Lou Brock in trade for Ernie Broglio”

June 16, 1964: Ken Boyer hits for the cycle and Lou Brock makes his first start for the Cardinals in 7-1 win

Off to a slow start to the 1964 season, the Cardinals had to do something. For manager Bing Devine, that meant making one of the most famous deals in baseball history, trading Ernie Broglio, Bobby Shantz, and Doug Clemens to the Cubs for Lou Brock, Jack Spring, and Paul Toth. For Ken Boyer, that meantContinue reading “June 16, 1964: Ken Boyer hits for the cycle and Lou Brock makes his first start for the Cardinals in 7-1 win”

What I’m Reading: “The Year of the Pitcher” by Sridhar Pappu

In The Year of the Pitcher: Bob Gibson, Denny McLain, and the End of Baseball’s Golden Age, author Sridhar Pappu seeks to put the 1968 baseball season in the larger context of political and societal turmoil embroiling the nation. While I always appreciate it when baseball books place the events taking place on the fieldContinue reading “What I’m Reading: “The Year of the Pitcher” by Sridhar Pappu”

What I’m Reading: “That’s a Winner” by Jack Buck

In “Jack Buck: That’s a Winner,” the legendary Cardinals announcer takes readers through his life, first as a poor family in Cleveland, Ohio, then as a soldier in World War II, and then as a broadcaster. Buck’s most interesting stories are about his military service, where he served in Europe and was awarded the PurpleContinue reading “What I’m Reading: “That’s a Winner” by Jack Buck”