November 18, 1985: Willie McGee is named National League MVP

In the midst of his remarkable 1985 season, Willie McGee was invited to a Kiwanis luncheon where he was going to be honored for his humility. When the Cardinals outfielder arrived, there was a line at the door, so instead of stepping in front of those awaiting tickets, he joined the line. When he gotContinue reading “November 18, 1985: Willie McGee is named National League MVP”

October 13, 1985: Busch Stadium’s automated tarp runs over Vince Coleman’s legs

There wasn’t a catcher in baseball who could stop Vince Coleman during his rookie campaign in 1985. Unfortunately, the same rule didn’t apply to the Busch Stadium tarp. The Cardinals initially didn’t plan for Coleman to break their starting lineup in 1985. Coleman went just 4-for-29 in spring training[1] and was optioned to Triple-A LouisvilleContinue reading “October 13, 1985: Busch Stadium’s automated tarp runs over Vince Coleman’s legs”

September 4, 1982: Lonnie Smith ties NL record with five stolen bases

The 1982 St. Louis Cardinals established exactly what baseball observers meant by the term “Whiteyball,” and no player on the roster was more likely to steal a base – or five – than Lonnie Smith. On September 4, 1982, Smith did exactly that, tying a modern-day National League record with five stolen bases in aContinue reading “September 4, 1982: Lonnie Smith ties NL record with five stolen bases”

August 16, 1988: Cardinals trade John Tudor for Pedro Guerrero

On August 16, 1988, the Cardinals’ quest for Jack Clark’s replacement led them to deal John Tudor, the left-handed pitcher who won 21 games in 1985, to the Dodgers in exchange for four-time all-star first baseman Pedro Guerrero. Clark had anchored the Cardinals’ lineups from 1985 through 1987, but in January 1988, he signed aContinue reading “August 16, 1988: Cardinals trade John Tudor for Pedro Guerrero”

August 10, 1986: Bob Forsch hits a grand slam to top the Pirates, 5-4

Bob Forsch may have made his name as a pitcher, but the Sacramento, California, native originally was drafted for his bat. On August 10, 1986, the veteran right-hander used both to lift the Cardinals to a 5-4 victory over the Pirates. Upon joining the Cardinals’ farm system, the 26th-round 1968 draft pick played third baseContinue reading “August 10, 1986: Bob Forsch hits a grand slam to top the Pirates, 5-4”