October 13, 1985: Busch Stadium’s automated tarp runs over Vince Coleman’s legs

There wasn’t a catcher in baseball who could stop Vince Coleman during his rookie campaign in 1985. Unfortunately, the same rule didn’t apply to the Busch Stadium tarp. The Cardinals initially didn’t plan for Coleman to break their starting lineup in 1985. Coleman went just 4-for-29 in spring training[1] and was optioned to Triple-A LouisvilleContinue reading “October 13, 1985: Busch Stadium’s automated tarp runs over Vince Coleman’s legs”

August 16, 1988: Cardinals trade John Tudor for Pedro Guerrero

On August 16, 1988, the Cardinals’ quest for Jack Clark’s replacement led them to deal John Tudor, the left-handed pitcher who won 21 games in 1985, to the Dodgers in exchange for four-time all-star first baseman Pedro Guerrero. Clark had anchored the Cardinals’ lineups from 1985 through 1987, but in January 1988, he signed aContinue reading “August 16, 1988: Cardinals trade John Tudor for Pedro Guerrero”

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”

June 15, 1984: Cardinals trade Ken Oberkfell for Ken Dayley and Mike Jorgensen

To acquire a relief pitcher who would become a cornerstone of their bullpen during their 1985 and 1987 National League pennant seasons, the Cardinals traded away one of the few remaining players from their 1982 world championship club. On June 15, 1984, the Cardinals traded infielder Ken Oberkfell, the team’s leading hitter at the timeContinue reading “June 15, 1984: Cardinals trade Ken Oberkfell for Ken Dayley and Mike Jorgensen”

June 7, 1981: The Cardinals trade for Joaquin Andujar

Whitey Herzog wasn’t certain exactly what caliber of pitcher he was receiving when he traded for Joaquin Andujar in 1981, but he did know one thing – the Cardinals were getting a personality unlike any they’d ever seen. Herzog had been on the search for pitching when Astros general manager Al Rosen called and offeredContinue reading “June 7, 1981: The Cardinals trade for Joaquin Andujar”