April 27, 2005: Mark Grudzielanek hits for the cycle

On the day that Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter celebrated his 30th birthday, it was Mark Grudzielanek who stole the show. In the Cardinals’ 6-3 victory over the Brewers on April 27, 2005, Grudzielanek joined Lou Brock and Ray Lankford as the only Cardinals to hit for the cycle at Busch Stadium. The veteran of 11Continue reading “April 27, 2005: Mark Grudzielanek hits for the cycle”

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”

How Lou Brock and Bob Kennedy helped Keith Hernandez reach his potential

Without the efforts of Bob Kennedy and Lou Brock, Keith Hernandez may never have won the 1979 National League MVP Award – at least, not with the Cardinals. Hernandez was a 17-year-old out of Capuchino High School in San Bruno, California, when the Cardinals drafted him in the 42nd round of the 1971 draft. DueContinue reading “How Lou Brock and Bob Kennedy helped Keith Hernandez reach his potential”

July 3, 1967: Brock stolen base ignites brawl between Cardinals and Reds

On July 3, 1967, the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds started the Independence Day fireworks a touch early with a 12-minute[1] brawl that required 19 St. Louis police officers to restore order.[2] Pursuing his 10th win of the season in front of the announced crowd of 47,663[3], Bob Gibson struck out Tommy Helms andContinue reading “July 3, 1967: Brock stolen base ignites brawl between Cardinals and Reds”

September 18, 1968: Ray Washburn matches Gaylord Perry’s no-hitter

The excitement of Gaylord Perry’s no-hitter against the Cardinals hadn’t worn off yet when Ray Washburn stepped to the Candlestick Park mound on September 18, 1968. As improbably as it seemed that 30-year-old right-hander would match Perry’s accomplishment, trainer Bob Bauman had an inkling. “When I was working on Washburn just before the game, IContinue reading “September 18, 1968: Ray Washburn matches Gaylord Perry’s no-hitter”