November 18, 1985: Willie McGee is named National League MVP

In the midst of his remarkable 1985 season, Willie McGee was invited to a Kiwanis luncheon where he was going to be honored for his humility. When the Cardinals outfielder arrived, there was a line at the door, so instead of stepping in front of those awaiting tickets, he joined the line. When he gotContinue reading “November 18, 1985: Willie McGee is named National League MVP”

August 13, 1979: Lou Brock collects his 3,000th career hit in resurgent final season

Technically, Lou Brock’s pursuit of 3,000 career hits began September 10, 1962, when he singled in his major league debut with the Chicago Cubs. However, the Cardinals legend didn’t give serious thought to the milestone until speaking to Detroit Tigers outfielder Al Kaline in 1974. That season, the 40-year-old Kaline had reached the milestone inContinue reading “August 13, 1979: Lou Brock collects his 3,000th career hit in resurgent final season”

July 18, 1984: Terry Pendleton gets three hits in his MLB debut

Terry Pendleton had to admit that as he took part in Cardinals’ batting practice prior to his first major league game, he was nervous. “It’s hit me that I’m in the big leagues, but in a way it hasn’t,” the 24-year-old said after making his debut just two years after the Cardinals drafted him inContinue reading “July 18, 1984: Terry Pendleton gets three hits in his MLB debut”

April 22, 1988: Cardinals trade Tom Herr to the Twins for Tom Brunansky

Tom Herr knew that the Cardinals needed to shake things up after winning just four of their first 15 games in 1988. Still, he was just as shocked as Cardinals fans when he entered the clubhouse following a 4-0 loss to the Mets and was informed that he had been traded to Minnesota for power-hittingContinue reading “April 22, 1988: Cardinals trade Tom Herr to the Twins for Tom Brunansky”

April 18, 1987: Tom Herr’s 10th-inning grand slam lifts Cardinals over the Mets on Seat Cushion Night

For decades afterwards, Cardinals fans would simply remember the game as “Seat Cushion Night.” The Cardinals and Mets game on April 18, 1987, appeared on the schedule to be an ordinary April ballgame. It was just the 10th game of the season for both teams, and while the St. Louis and New York ballclubs wereContinue reading “April 18, 1987: Tom Herr’s 10th-inning grand slam lifts Cardinals over the Mets on Seat Cushion Night”