November 26, 1974: Bake McBride wins the NL Rookie of the Year Award

Bake McBride may have been the most unlikely Rookie of the Year in baseball history. Growing up, McBride believed he was more likely to make his living playing basketball or football than playing baseball. In high school, he didn’t even play baseball, as his school didn’t have a team. Instead, he played football and basketball.[1]Continue reading “November 26, 1974: Bake McBride wins the NL Rookie of the Year Award”

September 10, 1974: Lou Brock breaks Maury Wills’ single-season stolen base record

It’s hard enough to break a modern-day major-league record when you’re healthy. In 1974, injuries to both his hands may actually have helped Lou Brock break Maury Wills’ single-season stolen base record. Due to a right thumb injury, Brock had wrapped the digit in tape most of the season. On his left hand, a looseContinue reading “September 10, 1974: Lou Brock breaks Maury Wills’ single-season stolen base record”

August 29, 1977: Lou Brock breaks Cobb’s career stolen-base record

Lou Brock was never one to slow down, so it’s no surprise that he tied and passed Ty Cobb for the modern-day stolen-base record on the same day. Decades later, research found that Cobb’s career stolen base total was inaccurate, and added four stolen bases to his 1907 season and one to his 1921 campaign.[1]Continue reading “August 29, 1977: Lou Brock breaks Cobb’s career stolen-base record”

August 13, 1979: Lou Brock collects his 3,000th career hit in resurgent final season

Technically, Lou Brock’s pursuit of 3,000 career hits began September 10, 1962, when he singled in his major league debut with the Chicago Cubs. However, the Cardinals legend didn’t give serious thought to the milestone until speaking to Detroit Tigers outfielder Al Kaline in 1974. That season, the 40-year-old Kaline had reached the milestone inContinue reading “August 13, 1979: Lou Brock collects his 3,000th career hit in resurgent final season”

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”