September 17, 1941: Stan Musial makes his debut

On September 17, 1941, the greatest Cardinal of all-time made his major-league debut. Sandwiched between center fielder Johnny Hopp and first baseman Johnny Mize in the No. 3 spot in the Cardinals’ lineup, 20-year-old Stan Musial had two hits, including a two-run double, in the Cardinals’ 3-2 win over the Boston Braves. The native ofContinue reading “September 17, 1941: Stan Musial makes his debut”

June 23, 1961: Musial homers twice, drives in seven to power Cardinals past the Giants

On June 23, 1961, Stan Musial hopped off the trainer’s table, took the field at Busch Stadium I and proceeded to hit two homers and drive in seven runs to lead the Cardinals to a 10-5 win over the San Francisco Giants. Just imagine what he could have accomplished if he had been fully healthy.Continue reading “June 23, 1961: Musial homers twice, drives in seven to power Cardinals past the Giants”

May 25, 1954: Wally Moon steals four bases, nearly ties 50-year-old NL record

Over the course of his 12-year career, Wally Moon was better known for his “Moon shot” home runs than his base-stealing ability. Nonetheless, on May 25, 1954, the rookie center fielder came one stolen base shy of breaking a 50-year-old National League record as he swiped four bags in a 9-4 Cardinals win over theContinue reading “May 25, 1954: Wally Moon steals four bases, nearly ties 50-year-old NL record”

What I’m Reading: “Moon Shots” by Wally Moon with Tim Gregg

In Moon Shots: Reflections on a Baseball Life, former Cardinals outfielder and 1954 Rookie of the Year Wally Moon tells the story of his baseball career, from his home run in his first major league at-bat to his seven seasons with the Dodgers upon their arrival in Los Angeles. Moon’s stories about his early daysContinue reading “What I’m Reading: “Moon Shots” by Wally Moon with Tim Gregg”

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”