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2020 Season

Season Recap: After missing many early-season games due to the coronavirus, the Cardinals had to play 32 games during September to make up the lost time. They did well enough to make the playoffs, but lost to the Padres in the Wild Card round. Manager Mike Schildt did a good job finding fresh players down the stretch. Slugger Paul Goldschmidt was among the many St. Louis players who came through with good seasons under difficult circumstances.

Season Preview: St. Louis fans have an exciting team to follow in 2020. Jack Flaherty and Dylan Carson seem on their way to superstardom, while veterans Paul Goldschmidt, Matt Carpenter, and Adam Wainwright are proven leaders. The NL Central could go down to the final weekend and chances are good that the Cardinals will be battling for first place.

2019 Season

Season Recap: Many times during the regular season and the playoffs, the Cardinals had their backs against the wall—and rallied to win. Their string of success finally ended against the Nationals’ great pitchers in the playoffs. Marcell Ozuna, Paul DeJong and Paul Goldschmidt powered the offense, with help from Tommy Edman and Kolten Wong. Starting pitchers Jack Flaherty and Dakota had breakout seasons, and the bullpen survived a season-ending injury to closer Jordan Hicks. St. Louis fans watched quality baseball all year long until the bats finally went cold in the NLCS.

March 29, 2019: Paul Goldschmidt hit three homers against the Brewers. He is the first player ever to clear the fence three times in his first or second game with a new team.

Season Preview: While other teams made splashy deals over the winter, the Cards quietly added a pair of impact players in Paul Goldschmidt and Andrew Miller. They join a core that includes Paul DeJong, Marcell Ozuna, Michael Wacha, and Yadier Molina. St. Louis is making an all-out effort to win the NL Central; their pitching will almost certainly determine their success.

2018 Season

Season Recap: With a little more starting pitching, the Cardinals might have won a dozen more games and cruised into the playoffs. Miles Mikolas won 18 games to lead the staff, but no other pitcher won more than 8 games. Bud Norris saved a shaky bullpen, but the Cards managed just 88 wins—four fewer than they needed for a Wild Card spot. Matt Carpenter led the St. Louis offense with countless clutch hits, while first baseman Jose Martinez was a pleasant surprise with a team-best .305 average.

Season Preview: Missing the playoffs two years in a row was a new experience for St. Louis fans, but that has not dimmed their expectations for 2018. A new cast of characters is leading the offense, including Tommy Pham, Paul DeJong, and Marcell Ozuna. The club’s starting pitching is solid, and there are plenty of live arms in the bullpen. If veteran leaders Yadier Molina, Matt Carpenter, and Adam Wainwright stay healthy, the Cards look like a 90-win team.

2017 Season

Season Recap: Everyone expected the Cardinals to have a bounce-back year after missing the playoffs in 2016, but at 13–25 record against the Cubs and Brewers sunk their season. The team suffered its fair share of injuries, but the farm system provided worthy replacements, including rookies Paul DeJong and Jose Martinez. While the starting pitching was good, the bullpen was not—another unhappy surprise for St. Louis fans.

July 11, 2017: Yadier Molina, playing in his eighth All-Star Game, belted a game-tying homer in the 6th inning off of Ervin Santana of the Twins.

2016 Season

November 1, 2016: Even when things don’t go right, the Cardinals usually find a way to win. This was the case in 2016, but the team surprised baseball fans by falling two victories short of a Wild Card spot. Nine players hit 10 or more homers, but no one stepped up to become the true leader of the offense. Only one pitcher, Carlos Martinez, won more than 15 games.

October 5, 2016: The Cardinals battled until the last day of the season, but missed a Wild Card spot by one game. Injuries to their three Matts—Carpenter, Holliday, and Adams—hurt the offense. Great years from infielders Aledmys Diaz and Jedd Gyroko could not make up the difference. Carlos Martinez had a breakout year on the mound, and Alex Reyes looked good in a September call-up.

2015 Season

October 14, 2015: The Cardinals went 22–7 to start the year and held off the Pirates and Cubs to win the NL Central. Injuries were a problem all season long, and the aches and pains finally caught up with the team in the playoffs, when they lost to the Cubs. Matt Carpenter and Jason Heyward led the offense, while Michael Wacha, John Lackey, and Trevor Rosenthal were the top pitchers.

April 5, 2015: Great pitching is the story in St. Louis for 2015. The Cardinals are loaded with talented arms, including Adam Wainwright, John Lackey, Lance Lynn, Carlos Martinez, Michael Wacha, and Trevor Rosenthal. Newcomer Jason Heyward and Matt Holliday power a versatile offense.

2014 Season

November 1, 2014: The Cardinals edged the Pirates in a close NL Central race thanks to great years from role players Matt Carpenter and Jhonny Peralta, and pitchers Adam Wainwright and Trevor Rosenthal. St. Louis continued to roll in the playoffs, upsetting the high-priced Dodgers in the NLDS. They staged an amazing Game 1 comeback trailing 6–2 in the 7th inning. The Cards plated 8 runs and held on to win 10–9. Unfortunately, they ran into red-hot Giants in the championship series, losing 4 games to 0.

March 31, 2014: The Young pitchers and experienced hitters add up to a strong St. Louis team in 2014. Three up-and-coming stars—Oscar Tavera, Trevor Rosenthal and Kolten Wong—will get a chance to be difference-makers. If they come through, the Cards could run away with the NL Central.

2013 Season

December 9, 2013: Former manager Tony La Russa was elected to the Hall of Fame. His record with the Cardinals was 1,408–1,182. La Russa won three pennants and two World Series between 1996 and 2011.

October 30, 2013: The Cardinals battled the Pirates and Reds to win the NL Central and rolled through the playoffs to win the pennant with clutch pitching and timely hitting. St. Louis won two of the first three games against Boston in the World Series, but could not hold the lead. Rookie Michael Wacha was brilliant in the postseason, but was unable to stop the Red Sox offense in the sixth and final game.

September 5, 2013: Matt Adams hit home runs in the 14th and 16th innings in a game against the Reds. He was the first Cardinal to his two extra-inning home runs, and the first player in the baseball history to hit two homers in the 14th inning or later.

April 23, 2013: Adam Wainwright issued his first walk of the season, after striking out 35 batters. No pitcher since 1900 had begun a season by striking out out more than 30 batters before allowing his first walk.

March 30, 2013: The Cardinals come into 2013 with enough talent and depth to win the NL pennant. Allen Craig, Mike Adams, Michael Wacha, and Shelby Miller look like future superstars. Adam Wainwright, Carlos Beltran, Yadier Molina, and Matt Holliday give St. Louis veteran leadership.

2012 Season

October 23, 2012: The Cardinals fought all year to win a Wild Card berth. They made it all the way to the National League Championship Series by beating the Washington Nationals in Game 5 of the Division Series—after trailing 6–0! St. Louis held a 3 games to 1 lead in the NLCS against the San Francisco Giants. However, San Francisco’s pitchers held the Cards to two runs in the final three games to win the pennant. Considering 2012 was supposed to be a “rebuilding” year, the team had a great season.

July 21, 2012: In a game against the Chicago Cubs, the Cards tied a big-league record set in 1936 by hitting seven doubles in the same inning. The players recording two-baggers in the seventh inning for St. Louis were Allen Craig, Carlos Beltran, David Freese, Jon Jay, Allen Craig (again), Skip Schumaker, and Matt Holliday. Schumaker also had a triple in the inning.

June 15, 2012: Carlos Beltran became the first switch-hitter with 300 homers and 300 stolen bases. His 300th steal came against his first team, the Kansas City Royals.

May 11, 2012: The team retired uniform number 10 to honor Tony La Russa, the manager who led the Cardinals to the World Series championship in 2006 and 2011. Before La Russa, other famous St. Louis players who wore the number included Johnny Mize, Pepper Martin. and Ken Oberkfell.

April, 2012: When most baseball fans see the letters LAA, they think of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. When St. Louis fans see those letters they, they think of Life After Albert. Lance Berkman will take Albert Pujols’s place at first base, while newcomer Carlos Beltran will try to make up some of the home runs the Cardinals will lose now that Albert is an Angel.

More Go-To Guys

For a long time, this was the oldest card in my collection. I became an Ed Konetchy expert—probably the only one in New York City, because no one else had heard of him! (Sweet Caporal)

Pepper Martin played baseball like a lunatic. Even when the Cardinals were playing in another city, the fans loved watching him run around the field. (Goudey Gum Co.)

Marty Marion’s other nickname was “Slats” because he looked as long and thin as the slats in a window shade. (Bowman Gum Co.)

I thought Curt Flood was just about the best player around when I was a kid. (Topps, Inc.)

Jim Edmonds was one of the few players who could win games all by himself. He was a spectacular outfielder and a powerful hitter. He made the highlights at least once a week with an amazing catch or long home run. (Black Book Partners)

  • Ed Konetchy — First Baseman
    Born: 9/3/1885
    Died: 5/27/1947
    Played for Team: 1907 to 1913
    Ed Konetchy was a superb player on a poor St. Louis team in the early 1900s. He was a silky smooth fielder, powerful hitter, and swift base runner. Konetchy was among the league leaders in doubles, triples, and homers almost every year.

  • Jim Bottomley — First Baseman
    Born: 4/23/1900
    Died: 12/11/1959
    Played for Team: 1922 to 1932
    St. Louis fans could count on two things when Jim Bottomley took the field. “Sunny Jim” always had a broad smile on his face, and he hit like a champion with men on base. In 1928, Bottomley became only the second player in history to have 20 doubles, triples, and homers in the same season.

  • Chick Hafey — Outfielder
    Born: 2/12/1903
    Died: 7/12/1973
    Played for Team: 1924 to 1931
    Chick Hafey began his baseball career as a pitcher but was too good a hitter and base runner to keep on the mound. Not surprisingly, he had one of the strongest arms of any outfielder. In 1931, Hafey edged Bill Terry of the New York Giants for the batting championship with a hit in his final time at bat.

  • Pepper Martin — Outfielder/Third Baseman
    Born: 2/29/1904
    Died: 3/5/1965
    Played for Team: 1928 to 1940 & 1944
    In an era when basestealing was out of favor, Pepper Martin was a master thief. He led the NL in steals three times and drove opponents crazy with his aggressive baserunning. Martin was the hero of the 1931 World Series, when he had 12 hits and 5 stolen bases.

  • Enos Slaughter — Outfielder
    Born: 4/27/1916
    Died: 8/12/2002
    Played for Team: 1938 to 1942 & 1946 to 1953
    Wherever Enos Slaughter needed to go on a baseball diamond, he ran there. Slaughter was the king of hustle, always looking for ways to take an extra base and never slowing down. When many players returned from World War II rusty or out of practice, Slaughter led the NL in RBIs and helped the Cards win the 1946 World Series.

  • Marty Marion — Shortstop
    Born: 12/1/1917
    Died: 3/15/2011
    Played for Team: 1940 to 1950
    Marty Marion did all of the little things that help a baseball team win. A long and lanky shortstop, he was nicknamed “The Octobpus” because he was all arms and legs. Marion helped the Cards win four pennants and was the National League MVP in 1944.

  • Harry Brecheen — Pitcher
    Born: 10/14/1914
    Died: 1/17/2004
    Played for Team: 1940 to 1952
    Childhood injuries to Harry Brecheen’s ankle and back kept him out of the Army in World War II. But they didn’t keep him off the pitcher’s mound. He was one of the top pitchers in the game in the 1940s, helping the Cards win three pennants. In 1946, Brecheen became the first left-hander to win three games in the same World Series.

  • Red Schoendienst — Second Baseman
    Born: 2/2/1923
    Played for Team: 1945 to 1956 & 1961 to 1963
    Red Schoendienst was one of baseball’s best switch-hitters and one of the most sure-handed second basemen to ever play. Later, he became the Cardinals’ manager and led them to two pennants. Schoendienst was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1989.

  • Curt Flood — Outfielder
    Born: 1/18/1938
    Died: 1/20/1997
    Played for Team: 1958 to 1969
    During the 1960s, when hitting .300 was a major accomplishment, Curt Flood reached that mark no fewer than six times. He also won the Gold Glove for his play in center field each year from 1963 to 1969.

  • Tim McCarver — Catcher
    Born: 10/16/1941
    Played for Team: 1959 to 1969
    Tim McCarver handled the pitching staff for all three St. Louis pennant winners in the 1960s. He could also handle the bat. In 1966, McCarver led the league with 13 triples. In 1967, he hit .295 and was runner-up to teammate Orlando Cepeda in the NL MVP voting.

  • Ted Simmons — Catcher
    Born: 8/9/1949
    Played for Team: 1968 to 1980
    If Ted Simmons could walk, he could play. He was a tough competitor who ignored injuries and batted .300 year after year. In 1975, Simmons set a new mark for National League catchers with 188 hits.

  • Vince Coleman — Outfielder
    Born: 9/22/1961
    Played for Team: 1985 to 1990
    Vince Coleman was the fastest player in the big leagues when he played. He was tough a competitor who ignored injuries and batted .300 year after year. In 1975, Simmons set a new mark for National League catchers with 188 hits.

  • Jim Edmonds — Outfielder
    Born: 6/27/1970
    Played for Team: 2000 to 2007
    The Cardinals have had many great center fielders, but no one was better than Jim Edmonds. He won a Gold Glove in each of his first six seasons with the team and blasted more than 40 home runs in 2000 and 2004.

More Fun Facts

Keith McDonald lets a pitch go by. He looked like a pretty good player in the minor leagues, but he could never win a steady job with the team. (Black Book Partners)

  • ALL THE RIGHT MOVES
    In 1971, the Cardinals converted their catcher, Joe Torre, into a third baseman so that young catcher Ted Simmons could play every day. That season Torre led the NL in batting average and RBIs and won the MVP award. Simmons batted .304 and knocked in 77 runs.

  • EYE ON THE BALL
    Red Schoendienst suffered an injury to his left eye while serving in the Army during World War II. A right-handed hitter, he could no longer track pitches from right-handed pitchers. Schoendienst taught himself how to bat left-handed against righties, and he became an All-Star.

  • A WOMAN’S TOUCH
    In 1911, Helen Britton became the first woman to run a major American sports franchise. She took over after her uncle, team owner Stanley Robinson, passed away. Under Britton, the Cardinals had their first winning season in 10 years!

  • QUICK SWITCH
    In 1922, the Cardinals and Cubs made a trade between games of a doubleheader. Max Flack walked from the Chicago lockerroom to the St. Louis lockerroom, and Cliff Heathcote did the same in the opposite direction.

  • BROTHERS IN ARMS
    Before the 1934 season, Dizzy Dean promised that he and his brother would win 45 games for the Cardinals. Fans thought he was just being funny, but the Dean boys had the last laugh. That year Dizzy won 30 times and Paul won 19 times for a total of 49 victories.

  • WELCOME TO THE MAJORS
    In 2000, two Cardinals, Keith McDonald and Chris Richard, each hit a home run in his first big-league at bat. Before that, Wally Moon was the last Cardinal to start his career with a bang—in 1954.

League Leaders

Mark McGwire watches another ball fly over the left field wall. This was a familiar sight in St. Louis for many years. (Black Book Partners)

.424 in 1924? Are you serious? Did the fielders forget their gloves that year? Just kidding—Rogers Hornsby was probably the greatest hitter in NL history. This little card was cut out of a strip that sold in stores for a penny in the 1920s. (Author’s Collection)

Some say Stan Musial was a better hitter than Hornsby. “Stan the Man” has the seven batting titles to prove it. (Leaf)

Albert Pujols drives one down the line. St. Louis fans were sad to seem him go. (Black Book Partners)

I decided to go to college at Duke University because Enos Slaughter was the baseball coach there. By the time I got there, he’d had a heart attack and retired. I didn’t like the guy who replaced him. (Topps, Inc.)

Back in the 1960s, the one guy Lou Brock had trouble stealing against was Jerry Grote of the New York Mets, who was one of my favorite players. I didn’t mention this when I asked for Lou’s autograph. (Time Inc./Sports illustrated)

This old wire photo shows Mort Cooper, the team’s star pitcher during the 1940s. (Author’s Collection)

  • Home Runs
    1922 — Rogers Hornsby — 42
    1925 — Rogers Hornsby — 39
    1928 — Jim Bottomley — 31
    1934 — Ripper Collins — 35
    1937 — Joe Medwick — 31
    1939 — Johnny Mize — 28
    1940 — Johnny Mize — 43
    1997 — Mark McGwire — 58*
    1998 — Mark McGwire — 70
    1999 — Mark McGwire — 65
    2009 — Albert Pujols — 47
    2010 — Albert Pujols — 42

    * McGwire played part of the season with the Oakland A’s. He led the major leagues in home runs but did not lead either league.

  • Batting Average
    1901 — Jesse Burkett — .376
    1920 — Rogers Hornsby — .370
    1921 — Rogers Hornsby — .397
    1922 — Rogers Hornsby — .401
    1923 — Jim Bottomley — .371
    1924 — Rogers Hornsby — .424
    1925 — Rogers Hornsby — .403
    1937 — Joe Medwick — .374
    1939 — Johnny Mize —.349
    1942 — Enos Slaughter — .318
    1943 — Stan Musial — .357
    1946 — Stan Musial — .365
    1947 — Harry Walker — .371*
    1948 — Stan Musial — .376
    1950 — Stan Musial — .346
    1951 — Stan Musial — .355
    1952 — Stan Musial — .336
    1957 — Stan Musial — .351
    1971 — Joe Torre — .363
    1979 — Keith Hernandez — .344
    1985 — Willie McGee — .353
    1990 — Willie McGee — .335
    2003 — Albert Pujols — .359

    * Walker also played for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1947.

  • Runs Batted In
    1920 — Rogers Hornsby — 94
    1921 — Rogers Hornsby — 126
    1922 — Rogers Hornsby — 152
    1925 — Rogers Hornsby — 143
    1926 — Jim Bottomley — 120
    1928 — Jim Bottomley — 136
    1936 — Joe Medwick — 138
    1937 — Joe Medwick — 154
    1938 — Joe Medwick — 122
    1940 — Johnny Mize — 137
    1946 — Enos Slaughter — 130
    1948 — Stan Musial — 131
    1956 — Stan Musial — 109
    1964 — Ken Boyer — 119
    1967 — Orlando Cepeda — 111
    1971 — Joe Torre — 137
    1999 — Mark McGwire — 147
    2010 — Albert Pujols — 118

  • Stolen Bases
    1900 — Patsy Donovan — 45
    1927 — Frankie Frisch — 48
    1931 — Frankie Frisch — 28
    1933 — Pepper Martin — 26
    1934 — Pepper Martin — 23
    1936 — Pepper Martin — 23
    1945 — Red Schoendienst — 26
    1966 — Lou Brock — 74
    1967 — Lou Brock — 52
    1968 — Lou Brock — 62
    1969 — Lou Brock — 53
    1971 — Lou Brock — 64
    1972 — Lou Brock — 63
    1973 — Lou Brock — 70
    1974 — Lou Brock — 118
    1985 — Vince Coleman — 110
    1986 — Vince Coleman — 107
    1987 — Vince Coleman — 109
    1988 — Vince Coleman — 81
    1989 — Vince Coleman — 65
    1990 — Vince Coleman — 77

  • Wins
    1926 — Flint Rhem — 20
    1931 — Bill Hallahan — 19
    1934 — Dizzy Dean — 30
    1935 — Dizzy Dean — 28
    1942 — Mort Cooper — 22
    1943 — Mort Cooper — 21
    1945 — Red Barrett — 23*
    1946 — Howie Pollet — 21
    1960 — Ernie Broglio — 21
    1970 — Bob Gibson — 23
    1984 — Joaquin Andujar — 20
    2001 — Matt Morris — 22
    2009 — Adam Wainwright — 19
    2013 — Adam Wainwright — 19**

    * Barrett also played for the Boston Braves in 1945.
    * * Tied with another player

  • Strikeouts
    1906 — Fred Beebe — 171*
    1930 — Bill Hallahan — 177
    1931 — Bill Hallahan — 159
    1932 — Dizzy Dean — 191
    1933 — Dizzy Dean — 199
    1934 — Dizzy Dean — 195
    1935 — Dizzy Dean — 190
    1948 — Harry Brecheen — 149
    1958 — Sam Jones — 225
    1968 — Bob Gibson — 268
    1989 — Jose DeLeon — 201

    * Beebe also played for the Chicago Cubs in 1906.

  • Earned Run Average
    1893 — Ted Breitenstein — 3.18
    1914 — Bill Doak — 1.72
    1921 — Bill Doak — 2.59
    1942 — Mort Cooper — 1.78
    1943 — Max Lanier — 1.90
    1946 — Howie Pollet — 2.10
    1948 — Harry Brecheen — 2.24
    1968 — Bob Gibson — 1.12
    1976 — John Denny — 2.52
    1988 — Joe Magrane — 2.18
    2009 — Chris Carpenter — 2.24

Cardinals in the World Series

This program was sold in Boston during the 1946 World Series. The Cardinals won one of the three games played there. They beat the Red Sox 12–3 in Game 4. (Author’s Collection)

YEAR OPPONENT RESULT
1926 New York Yankees Won 4–3
1928 New York Yankees Lost 4–0
1930 Philadelphia A’s Lost 4–2
1931 Philadelphia A’s Lost 4–3
1934 Detroit Tigers Won 4–3
1942 New York Yankees Won 4–1
1943 New York Yankees Lost 4–1
1944 St. Louis Browns Won 4–2
1946 Boston Red Sox Won 4–3
1964 New York Yankees Won 4–3
1967 Boston Red Sox Won 4–3
1968 Detroit Tigers Lost 4–3
1982 Milwaukee Brewers Won 4–3
1985 Kansas City Royals Lost 4–3
1987 Minnesota Twins Lost 4–3
2004 Boston Red Sox Lost 4–0
2006 Detroit Tigers Won 4–1
2011 Texas Rangers Won 4–3
2013 Boston Red Sox Lost 4–2

The St. Louis Browns of the American Association

Chris von der Ahe was the owner of the St. Louis team in the American Association and also the National League. (Goodwin & Co.)

Tip O’Neill was the Browns’ greatest player. (Author’s Collection)

From 1882 to 1891, baseball fans in St. Louis rooted for a team in the American Association called the Browns. Although the team had the same owner, most historians do not consider it the same team as the one that joined the National League in 1892. From 1885 to 1888, the Browns were one of the best teams in baseball, winning the Association pennant four years in a row.

American Association Leaders

  • Home Runs
    1882 — Oscar Walker — 7
    1887 — Tip O’Neill — 14
    1890 — Charlie Campau — 9

  • Batting Average
    1887 — Tip O’Neill — .435
    1888 — Tip O’Neill — .335

  • Runs Batted In
    1886 — Tip O’Neill — 107
    1887 — Tip O’Neill — 123

  • Stolen Bases
    1888 — Arlie Latham — 109
    1890 — Tommy McCarthy — 83

  • Wins
    1885 — Bob Caruthers — 40
    1886 — Dave Foutz — 41
    1888 — Silver King — 45
    2018 — Miles Mikolas — 18*

    * Tied with2 other players

  • Strikeouts
    1891 — Jack Stivetts — 259

  • Earned Run Average
    1885 — Bob Caruthers — 2.07
    1886 — Dave Foutz — 2.11
    1888 — Silver King — 1.63
    1889 — Jack Stivetts — 2.25

The St. Louis Browns in the World Series

During the 1880s, the pennant-winners from National League and American Association met in an unofficial championship series. Some historians consider this to be the first World Series.

YEAR OPPONENT RESULT
1885 Chicago White Stockings Tie 3–3–1
1886 Chicago White Stockings Lost 4–0
1887 Detroit Wolverines Lost 10–5
1888 New York Giants Lost 6–4

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