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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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August 14, 1971


The second place Cardinals (66-54, 5.5 games back) were visiting the first place Pirates (71-48) in an important four game series. The Cardinals would battle the Pirates all summer long. Unfortunately for Cards fans, the Buc-o’s would play just a … Continue reading

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September 7, 1993


September 7. 1993. St. Louis at Cincinnati. A twilight double header. Every baseball game has the potential for greatness. Even if the the two teams are well out of contention and have nothing to play for except pride and professionalism. … Continue reading

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June 1, 1967


More than any other game, this showdown between Atlanta and the Cardinals demonstrates all that was magical about the World Championship 1967 season. It has big name players doing big things. It had role players figuring in the outcome of the game. And it has plays so strange that you had to be there to believe them. Continue reading

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