November 12, 2001: Albert Pujols is unanimous Rookie of the Year selection

At spring training, Tony La Russa found that he had no choice – he had to put Albert Pujols in the lineup. By the end of the season, voters saw the same – and unanimously named him the 2001 National League Rookie of the Year. Pujols received all 32 votes (two voters from each NationalContinue reading “November 12, 2001: Albert Pujols is unanimous Rookie of the Year selection”

November 2, 2000: Will Clark retires as a Cardinal

After two and a half incredible months with the St. Louis Cardinals, Will Clark announced his retirement on November 2, 2000. The 36-year-old Clark had come to St. Louis at the trade deadline just three months earlier in exchange for minor-league third baseman Jose Leon. As part of the trade, the Orioles also assumed aboutContinue reading “November 2, 2000: Will Clark retires as a Cardinal”

August 19, 2009: Cardinals sign John Smoltz in their push for postseason glory

With a seven-game lead in the National League Central and six weeks remaining in the 2009 season, the Cardinals couldn’t pass the opportunity to add a future Hall of Famer to their rotation. “It was too inviting not to take a chance on,” Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said.[1] On August 19, 2009, the CardinalsContinue reading “August 19, 2009: Cardinals sign John Smoltz in their push for postseason glory”

August 6, 2004: Cardinals trade for Larry Walker as they make World Series push

One week after the 2004 trade deadline, the Cardinals added future Hall of Famer Larry Walker to a lineup that already included Albert Pujols, Scott Rolen, and Jim Edmonds. The Cardinals received Walker and cash considerations in exchange for minor league pitcher Jason Burch and two players to be named later. In August, the CardinalsContinue reading “August 6, 2004: Cardinals trade for Larry Walker as they make World Series push”

August 2, 2001: Cardinals trade Ray Lankford for Woody Williams

As a veteran who had been with the club since making his debut in August 1990, Ray Lankford wasn’t ready to become the Cardinals’ fourth outfielder. Instead, following a reduction of playing time and a war of words between Lankford’s agent and manager Tony La Russa, the Cardinals sent the 34-year-old Lankford and $2.8 millionContinue reading “August 2, 2001: Cardinals trade Ray Lankford for Woody Williams”