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”

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”

April 6, 2001: Pujols hits his first career homer in breakout game

Albert Pujols chose an ideal moment for his first career home run. The 2001 Cardinals had lost their first three games, allowing 32 runs during a winless season-opening series against the Rockies. The series hadn’t gone any better for Pujols, who went just 1-for-9 in Colorado, including an 0-for-5 performance in the second game ofContinue reading “April 6, 2001: Pujols hits his first career homer in breakout game”