May 18, 1996: John Mabry hits for the cycle

Despite his prior success at Coors Field, John Mabry was an unlikely candidate to hit for the cycle heading into the Cardinals’ May 19, 1996, game against the Rockies. In his rookie campaign in 1995, Mabry tied for fourth in the Rookie of the Year voting after batting .307 with five homers and 41 RBIs.Continue reading “May 18, 1996: John Mabry hits for the cycle”

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”

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”

April 3, 1996: Stottlemyre, Eckersley earn Cardinals firsts in win vs. Mets

On April 3, 1996, the St. Louis Cardinals got their first glimpse of what their offseason additions had bought them. With a new ownership group following Anheuser-Busch’s sale of the team, the Cardinals had retooled following a disappointing 62-81 season in 1995. Joe Torre had been replaced by Tony La Russa; Andy Benes, Ron Gant,Continue reading “April 3, 1996: Stottlemyre, Eckersley earn Cardinals firsts in win vs. Mets”

September 2, 1996: Ozzie Smith and Willie McGee spark Cardinals’ comeback

For the first time since the Whitey Herzog days of the 1980s, the Cardinals were in the thick of a pennant race. So it was fitting that two stars of the 1980s, Ozzie Smith and Willie McGee, led the Cardinals to an extra-inning victory over the Astros on September 2, 1996. The Cardinals entered theContinue reading “September 2, 1996: Ozzie Smith and Willie McGee spark Cardinals’ comeback”