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”

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”

What I’m Reading: “One Last Strike” by Tony La Russa with Rick Hummel

In “One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season,” Tony La Russa looks back at what he believed would be his final season as a major-league manager. The 2011 Cardinals team was, of course, a great team to write a book about, with strong personalitiesContinue reading “What I’m Reading: “One Last Strike” by Tony La Russa with Rick Hummel”

Chris Carpenter’s Cy Young Award-winning 2005 season (Part 4)

Admittedly, this story about Chris Carpenter’s 2005 Cy Young Award-winning season got quite a bit longer than I originally intended. As a result, this is the fourth in a four-part series of articles. You can find the other parts here: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 On September 8, Chris Carpenter earned win No. 21, shuttingContinue reading “Chris Carpenter’s Cy Young Award-winning 2005 season (Part 4)”

Chris Carpenter’s Cy Young Award-winning 2005 season (Part 2)

Admittedly, this story about Chris Carpenter’s 2005 Cy Young Award-winning season got quite a bit longer than I originally intended. As a result, this is the second in a four-part series of articles. You can find the other parts here: Part 1 Part 3 Part 4 Chris Carpenter’s father, Bob, knew by the time hisContinue reading “Chris Carpenter’s Cy Young Award-winning 2005 season (Part 2)”