December 9, 1980: Cubs trade Bruce Sutter to the Cardinals

In October 1982, Bruce Sutter closed the door on the Cardinals’ first world championship since 1967. His path to that moment began almost three years earlier, shortly after he was named the 1979 National League Cy Young Award winner. Sutter had a contract with the Cubs for the 1980 season, but the agreement included aContinue reading “December 9, 1980: Cubs trade Bruce Sutter to the Cardinals”

December 7, 1980: Whitey Herzog’s roster rebuild begins with Darrell Porter

The first time Darrell Porter met Whitey Herzog, he asked the Royals manager what was expected of him. Porter had just arrived in Kansas City in a trade from the Brewers, while Herzog was coming off his second season with the Royals, a 90-win campaign that resulted in an American League West championship. “I expectContinue reading “December 7, 1980: Whitey Herzog’s roster rebuild begins with Darrell Porter”

June 9, 1980: Whitey Herzog manages his first game for the St. Louis Cardinals

On the day of Whitey Herzog’s first game as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, he found himself, somewhat baffled, in Marietta, Georgia, trying to get to the team hotel in nearby Atlanta. His misadventure began when he was given the wrong departure time for his flight. Then, after catching a later plane to Atlanta,Continue reading “June 9, 1980: Whitey Herzog manages his first game for the St. Louis Cardinals”