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”

May 13, 1958: Musial reaches 3,000 hits

Stan Musial and the Cardinals had planned for his 3,000th career hit to take place in St. Louis. Then baseball, as it so often does, got in the way. Musial entered the 1958 season with 2,957 hits and quickly closed in on the milestone, opening the season with a 17-game hit streak. That season-opening tearContinue reading “May 13, 1958: Musial reaches 3,000 hits”

What I’m Reading: Stan Musial — An American Life by George Vecsey

George Vecsey’s Stan Musial: An American Life is a painstakingly researched look at the legend of the greatest Cardinals hitter of all time. As Vecsey notes throughout the book, Musial was one of the best hitters of all time, with numbers that placed him alongside Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams as the greatest hitters ofContinue reading “What I’m Reading: Stan Musial — An American Life by George Vecsey”

How Red Schoendienst called his shot before his 1950 all-star game home run

St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Red Schoendienst was never quite sure what came over himself. The native of Germantown, Illinois, had never been one for boasting, but as he shagged fly balls in the Comiskey Park outfield alongside his fellow 1950 National League All-Stars, something came over him and he pointed to the right-field bleachers.Continue reading “How Red Schoendienst called his shot before his 1950 all-star game home run”

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”