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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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Richie Allen

In order to put the next Unforgotten Cardinal in context we must take a look at one of the greatest home run hitters to pass through St. Louis. That would be first baseman, Richie Allen. Continue reading

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