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September 1, 1963 – Nearly Stealing a Pennant


The end of August had the Cardinals taking a brutal 12 game road trip.   They would first travel west to Los Angeles for three games, east to Houston for the next three, back to the west coast for three with … Continue reading

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Mike Matheny and Red Schoendienst – A Tale of Two Rookie Managers


Just when you thought the 1964 story had played out it’s last comparison, the Cardinals hire Mike Matheny to replace the legendary Tony La Russa.  Once more, we will look back at the events in and around the 1964 World … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Teams


It was the best of teams, it was the worst of teams, it was the age of veterans, it was the age of youth, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of frustration, it was the season … Continue reading

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Is it Toast or Welsh Rarebit


No, this hasn’t turned into a cooking blog, although that would be less stressful than trying to find anything positive to say about the St. Louis Cardinals recent performance.   Instead, I take inspiration from a great cartoon that one of … Continue reading

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Larry Jaster


We first took a look at the legend of Cardinals left hander, Larry Jaster in an earlier Where Were You when he took a perfect game against Tom Seaver and the Mets into the bottom of the eighth inning. It was an amazing performance to be sure, but there is something even more unbelievable in the young man’s career. Continue reading

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Opening Day during the Bob Gibson era


As Chris Carpenter prepares to take the mound to start the 2010 season, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at opening day games during the Bob Gibson era (1959-1975). If you became a fan of the Cardinals as I did, in Gibson’s prime, or perhaps you just know of the legend of the big right hander, it is hard to believe that he was not the ace of the staff during his entire career. In fact, early in the Solly Hemus era (1959-61), Gibson would be bounced between the bullpen, the rotation and the minor leagues, in spite of consistently demonstrating his enormous talent. Gibson did not get an opening day start until the 1965 season, which was after he established his ace credentials in the ’64 pennant race – twice pitching on 3 days rest and earning the pennant winning victory in long relief on just one day rest. Continue reading

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Curt Simmons


The name of Curt Simmons is never mentioned these days when discussing great Cardinals of the past. It is a simple fact that if not for Simmons, the Cardinals would not have won the National League pennant in 1964. He … Continue reading

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