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Predictions for the upcoming season


It is New Years Eve.   2011 is about to come to a close, and what an amazing year it was, especially for Cardinals fans.   We are about a month and a half away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring … 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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The Phillies lost the NLDS, to the Cardinals ?


As strange as that may seem to some, it did in fact happen.   Along the way, fans of both the Cardinals and Phillies were treated some some of the best baseball their respective teams can play.   There was pitching galore, … Continue reading

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The Trade That Wasn't Made


Much has been written about the 2010 non-waiver deadline trade where the Cardinals sent fan favorite Ryan Ludwick to the San Diego Padres in exchange for Cleveland starter Jake Westbrook. As each of the players settle in with their new … Continue reading

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June 26-29, 1967


One of my favorite St. Louis sports commentators, Bernie Miklasz, is reporting that the Milwaukee Brewers were altering their starting rotation to send three left handers against the Cardinals for an important series starting on June 4, 2010. This is not the first time this has happened, nor is it a particularly huge gamble. If you want to see some real courage, take a look at June 26-29, 1967. Continue reading

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August 9, 1967


In the heat of the 1967 Pennant Chase, the aggressive base running style of the Cardinals gave a six time gold glove first baseman a lot to think about, but not a lot of time in which to do so. Continue reading

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May 2 and 3, 1967


The first place Cincinnati Reds make a quick two game visit to Busch Stadium, hoping to extend their early lead over the Cardinals. They would leave in under fours hours of playing time with their tails tucked between their legs. Bob Gibson and Ray Washburn turned in brilliant back to back complete game shutouts. Continue reading

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May 30 and July 25, 1967


Cardinals fans will remember “the catch” that left fielder Matt Holliday failed to make in the second and pivotal game of the 2009 divisional series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Older fans still talk about the “the call” that umpire Don Denkinger got wrong that may have cost the Cardinals the 1985 World Series. Given the number of things that have to go in your favor to win a championship, an entire season can come down to outcome of a single play. And you may not be aware of it at the time. This is the story of two such plays, separated by six weeks, that may have determined the outcome of the 1967 World Series. More than that, it is a tale of a team that refused to quit no matter what was thrown at them. 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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April 10, 1968


The Atlanta Braves visit the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals to open the 1968 season. A big crowd is on hand to see what product the Cardinals will be putting on the field. With the core of the team largely in place from the 1967 campaign, there was a lot of anticipation for a repeat trip to the World Series. The Cardinals would live up to expectations, leading the National League for all but 13 games of the season. This opening day lineup may be the best one the Cardinals ever put on the field. Continue reading

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