November 4, 1963: Cardinals acquire Roger Craig in trade with Mets

On November 4, 1963, the Cardinals acquired Roger Craig from the Mets in exchange for outfielder George Altman and rookie pitcher Bill Wakefield. Less than a year later, Craig pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings to win Game 4 of the 1964 World Series and help St. Louis claim its seventh world championship. Craig’s pitching careerContinue reading “November 4, 1963: Cardinals acquire Roger Craig in trade with Mets”

June 15, 1964: Cardinals acquire Lou Brock in trade for Ernie Broglio

Long before Cardinals general manager Bing Devine traded Ernie Broglio, Doug Clemens, and Bobby Shantz to the Cubs for Lou Brock, Jack Spring, and Paul Toth in June 1964, he’d been laying the groundwork for a deal. The preceding winter, Devine had inquired with Cubs general manager John Holland about Brock’s availability, but been rebuffed.Continue reading “June 15, 1964: Cardinals acquire Lou Brock in trade for Ernie Broglio”

May 26, 1978: Cardinals bolster lineup with trade for George Hendrick

If the 1978 Cardinals needed any additional evidence that they needed a bat (or two) in the outfield, they got it in a 6-0 loss to the Cubs on May 26, 1978. Just hours after obtaining outfielder George Hendrick from the Padres for starting pitcher Eric Rasmussen, the Cardinals managed just seven singles against ChicagoContinue reading “May 26, 1978: Cardinals bolster lineup with trade for George Hendrick”

Keith Hernandez Part 1: Road to the MVP

This is Part 1 of a three-part series chronicling Keith Hernandez’s career, which includes Part 2: Champions in ’82, Traded in ’83 and Part 3: Post-Cardinals Career and Legacy. Even before Keith Hernandez was born, the St. Louis Cardinals figured prominently in his life. Hernandez’s father, John, had been a left-handed hitting first baseman in theContinue reading “Keith Hernandez Part 1: Road to the MVP”

What I’m Reading: “The Memoirs of Bing Devine” by Bing Devine with Tom Wheatley

Through two stints with the St. Louis Cardinals, one with the New York Mets, and another with the St. Louis football Cardinals, Bing Devine has always enjoyed a reputation as one of baseball’s nice guys. That reputation certainly feels genuinely earned after reading “The Memoirs of Bing Devine: Stealing Lou Brock and Other Winning MovesContinue reading “What I’m Reading: “The Memoirs of Bing Devine” by Bing Devine with Tom Wheatley”