July 30, 1959: Bob Gibson shuts out the Reds in his first career start

On July 30, 1959, Bob Gibson formally introduced himself to the Cincinnati Reds and Major League Baseball, earning the first of 251 career victories in the first starting assignment of his career. That April, Gibson had made three appearances for the Cardinals, each in relief. On April 15, Gibson made his major league debut, pitchingContinue reading “July 30, 1959: Bob Gibson shuts out the Reds in his first career start”

July 17, 1974: Bob Gibson throws 3,000th strikeout the same day Dizzy Dean passes away

The same day the Cardinals lost one of the best pitchers in franchise history, another claimed his 3,000th strikeout victim. On July 17, 1974, Bob Gibson claimed the 3,000th strikeout of his career, retiring Cesar Geronimo on strikes in a 6-4 loss to the Reds. Early that morning, Dizzy Dean, the unquestioned ace of theContinue reading “July 17, 1974: Bob Gibson throws 3,000th strikeout the same day Dizzy Dean passes away”

July 12, 1974: Bob Forsch throws a complete-game shutout for his first career win

Bob Forsch wasn’t leaving his first major league win to chance. After losing his debut appearance with just two runs allowed over 6 2/3 innings, Forsch returned five days later, on July 12, 1974, and threw nine shutout innings to lead the Cardinals to a 10-0 victory in the second game of a double-header againstContinue reading “July 12, 1974: Bob Forsch throws a complete-game shutout for his first career win”

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”

What I’m Reading: Oh, Baby, I Love It! by Tim McCarver with Ray Robinson

Over the course of his 21-year playing career and even longer tenure in the broadcast booth, Tim McCarver has a wealth of stories and opinions. In Oh, Baby, I Love It! Baseball Summers, Hot Pennant Races, Grand Salamis, Jellylegs, El Swervos, Dingers and Dunkers, Etc., Etc., Etc., published in 1987, McCarver covers quite a bitContinue reading “What I’m Reading: Oh, Baby, I Love It! by Tim McCarver with Ray Robinson”