November 16, 1999: Cardinals trade for Darryl Kile

In November 1999, it was no secret that the Colorado Rockies were looking to shop Darryl Kile and his $8 million salary. In two seasons in Colorado, the former Astros ace had gone just 21-30 with a 5.84 ERA, including a career-high 17 losses in 1998. It was a far cry from the success KileContinue reading “November 16, 1999: Cardinals trade for Darryl Kile”

How Bill White, Curt Flood, and others integrated Cardinals spring training

Fourteen years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, Bill White, a four-time all-star and the defending National League Gold Glove Award winner at first base, arrived in St. Petersburg, Florida, for spring training with the St. Louis Cardinals. While some of the Cardinals’ star players, such as StanContinue reading “How Bill White, Curt Flood, and others integrated Cardinals spring training”

What I’m Reading: “Uppity” by Bill White

With the passing of Bob Gibson and Lou Brock earlier this year, Bill White’s story is all the more important. From his days as the only black player on the San Francisco Giants’ Class B affiliate in Danville, Va., to his early days with the Cardinals playing under Solly Hemus and his leadership in changingContinue reading “What I’m Reading: “Uppity” by Bill White”

What I’m Reading: A Well-Paid Slave by Brad Snyder

A Well-Paid Slave: Curt Flood’s Fight for Free Agency in Professional Sports is a deeply researched look at Flood’s battle against the trade that sent him from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Philadelphia Phillies. Part biography, part exploration of the legal issues behind Flood’s lawsuit, Brad Snyder’s book is a remarkable work that leftContinue reading “What I’m Reading: A Well-Paid Slave by Brad Snyder”

June 3, 2004: Molina gets two hits, throws out first baserunner in his debut game

A muscle strain that literally took Cardinals catcher Mike Matheny’s breath away opened the door for 21-year-old Yadier Molina to make his major league debut and – as the third member of the catching Molina brothers to reach the majors – make a little history as well. On June 2, 2004, Matheny was removed inContinue reading “June 3, 2004: Molina gets two hits, throws out first baserunner in his debut game”