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The St. Louis Cardinals' Greatest Moments

Posted by Ken Revis at 2:44 PM on July 24, 2012

The St. Louis Cardinals are without question one of the top baseball franchises of all time, having won 11 World Series titles, second only to the Yankees. They have played in 18 World Series, tied with the Giants and Dodgers, again second only to the Yankees. Perhaps not as boisterous as those from Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, the St. Louis fans are as rabid as any, as the Cards regularly appear among the leaders in attendance every year. With a legendary cast of players, the Cardinals' history is filled with exciting moments. We have put together what we feel are the greatest of them all. They follow here in chronological order. We welcome input on others you feel should be included.
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1922, 1925. Hornsby's Triple Crowns

One of the greatest hitters of all time, Rogers Hornsby wins 2 triple crowns during the 1920's. He captures his 1st in 1922, batting .401, with 42 home runs and 152 RBI's. In 1925, he hits .403, with 39 home runs and 143 RBI's.


October 10,1926. 1st World Series title

This is the 1st world championship for the St. Louis Cardinals. In this series, in game 4, Babe Ruth hits 3 home runs, after reputedly promising a sickly boy he's hit a home run for him in the game. In the 7th game of the series, at Yankee Stadium, the Cardinals hold a 3 to 2 lead in the bottom of the 9th inning. With 2 outs, and Pete (Grover Cleveland) Alexander on the mound in relief, Ruth walks and is thrown out attempting to steal. See Game


October 10,1931. Cardinals win 2nd World Series title

In a rematch of the 1930 World Series, the Cardinals meet the Athletics and beat them in 7 games. Pepper Martin is the star of the series, although he is hitless in the 7th game. See Game


October 9, 1934. Cardinals win 3rd title

The Cardinals face the Detroit Tigers, who take them to the 7th game. This St. Louis team, nicknamed the "Gashouse Gang", had Dizzy Dean, Frankie Frisch, and Joe Medwick. Dean pitches a complete game shutout and the Cardinals blast Detroit's 6 pitchers for 11 runs. See Game


October 5, 1942. Cardinals win 4th title

The Cardinals face the fearsome Yankees, and beat them in 5 games. The key blow is a 2-run home run by Whitey Kurowski in the top of the 9th inning, breaking a 2-2 tie. Stan Musial and Enos Slaughter capture their first World Series. See Game


October 9, 1944. Cardinals win 5th title

This is the only time the two St. Louis teams, the Browns and Cardinals, meet in a World Series. Unfortunately, it's wartime, and the best Major League players are at war. However, Musial plays, and the Browns take the superior Cards to 6 games. The Cardinals win, 3-1 in game 6, after winning both games 4 and 5. See Game


October 15, 1946. Cardinals win 6th title.

The World Series is tied at 3 games apiece between Red Sox and Cardinals. The Red Sox score 2 in the top of the 8th inning to bring the game to a 3-3 tie. In the last of the 8th inning, Slaughter singles and then goes all the way home from first base on a double by Harry Walker. Johnny Pesky, the Red Sox shortstop, holds the ball a second too long, allowing Slaughter to score. Harry Brecheen wins 3 games for the Cardinals‚ including Games 6 and 7, the first time this is done. See Game


May 2, 1954. Musial slams 5 home runs in doubleheader

Musial hits 5 home runs - 3 in the first game and 2 in the 2nd - in a doubleheader against the New York Giants. He has 4 hits, driving in 6 runs in the opener, and has 2 hits with 3 RBI's in the nightcap.
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May 13, 1958. Musial gets 3,000th hit

In a game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, in the top of the 6th inning, Musial collects a pinch-hit double, for the 3,000th hit of his career. Only 7 other players to date have managed 3,000 hits in their careers. He goes on to compile 3,630 hits (4th all-time) in his illustrious career, along with a lifetime .331 batting average, winning the batting crown 7 times. See Game


October 4, 1964. Cards win pennant

The Cardinals win the pennant for the first time since 1946 by beating the Mets, 11-5. Bob Gibson gets the win, his 19th of the year, in relief of Curt Simmons. See Game


October 15, 1964. Cards win 7th World Series title

The Cardinals win the World Series in 7 games from the Yankees. Gibson makes his 3rd start of the series, and wins, his 2nd win against 1 loss in the 7 games. He completes 9 innings, giving up 5 runs on 9 hits, while striking out 9. Ken Boyer has 3 hits for St. Louis, including a double and homer. See Game


September 18, 1967. Cards win the pennant

Behind Gibson, once again, the Cardinals win their 95th game of the year by a score of 5 to 1 over the Phillies. They now hold a 13 game lead over the 2nd place SF Giants, enough to clinch the NL Pennant. Gibson pitches a complete game, giving up 3 hits. See Game


October 12, 1967. Cards win 8th World Series Title

The Cardinals win the World Series in 7 games from the Red Sox, beating them 7-2. After the Boston wins games 5 and 6, Gibson makes his 3rd start of the series in game 7, and wins, giving him victories in all 3 starts. He pitches all 9 innings, giving up 3 hits, while striking out 10. Lou Brock has 2 hits in the game and steals 3 bases, giving him a record 7 stolen bases in the series. See Game


September 15, 1968. Cards win pennant.

Steve Carlton pitches a complete game, delivering the Cards their 93rd win of the year and the NL pennant. Collecting 15 hits (5 by Curt Flood), they beat the Astros, 7-4 at the Astrodome. See Game


September 18, 1968. Washburn throws no-hitter.

Just 1 day after Giants' Gaylord Perry completes a no-hitter against the Cardinals at Candlestick Park, Ray Washburn hurls one in the same park against the Giants. Washburn strikes out 8 batters while winning his 13th game of the year, 2-0. See Game


October 2, 1968. Gibson throws a masterpiece

in St. Louis befpre 54,692 fans, Gibson opens the World Series against the Tigers by spinning a 4-0 shutout, including a World Series record 17 strikeouts. He's coming off one of the greatest seasons ever for a pitcher in which he wins 22 games, including an ERA of 1.12, 28 complete games, 268 strikeouts, and 13 shutouts. See Game


October 6, 1968. Gibson, Brock lead Cards to Game 4 victory

Earning his 2nd victory of the series, Gibson gives up 5 hits in a complete game, striking out 10 Detroit batters. He also homers in the game, as St. Louis wins, 10-1. Brock has a double, triple, and home run, along with 4 RBI's. He also steals a base, giving him 7 in the series thus far. Tim McCarver also has 3 hits in the game. However, the Cardinals will go on to lose the World Series to the Tigers in 7 games See Game


August 4, 1971. Gibson wins 200th game.

Gibson wins his 200th career game‚ a 7-2 victory over the Giants. He will win 22 for the year, after winnng 23 the year before. His will compile 251 wins in his career. See Game


August 14, 1971. Gibson pitches no-hitter

In the first no-hitter of his career, Gibson beats the Pirates, 11-0, in Pittsburgh. He strikes out 10 batters and walks 3, in winning his 11th game of the year. Joe Torre and Ted Simmons have 4 hits each in support of Gibson's victory. See Game


June 27, 1973. Torre hits for cycle

Torre hits for the cycle, as he goes 4 for 5, in a 15-4 drubbing of the Pittsburgh Pirates. See Game


July 17, 1974. Gibson achieves 3,000th strikeout

28,743 at Busch Stadium see Gibson strike out Cesar Geronimo of the Cincinnati Reds in the top of the 2nd inning for his 3,000th career strikeout. Only one pitcher - Walter Johnson - had achieved this plateau before Gibson. See Game


September 10, 1974. Brock breaks season steals record

Although the Cardinals lose to the Phillies 8-2‚ Brock breaks Maury Wills' major league record for a single season by stealing his 104th and 105th bases. It also gives him 740 career stolen bases‚ breaking Max Carey's NL record of 738. See Game


August 29, 1977. Brock breaks career steals record

Brock steals 2 bases against the Padres bringing him to 893 career steals, breaking Ty Cobbs' modern record. See Game


April 16, 1978. Forsch pitches no-hitter

Bob Forsch throws a no-hitter, beating the Phillies 5-0. It's the first Cardinal no-hitter since 1924. See Game


August 13, 1979. Brock has 3,000th hit

In St. Louis, in the bottom of the 4th inning, Brock singles off Dennis Lamp of the Cubs for this 3,000th career hit. See Game


October 10, 1982. Cards win the NL pennant

St. Louis sweeps the Braves in the NLCS to win their first pennant since 1968. They win the 3rd and final game of the series, 6-2, before 52,173 fans in Atlanta. See Game


October 20, 1982. Cards win 9th World Series Title

The Cardinals win the 7th game of the World Series over the Brewers by a score of 6-3. Losing by a score of 3-1, they score 3 runs in the bottom of the 6th inning, folllowed by 2 more in the 8th. They compile 15 hits in the game. See Game


September 26, 1983. Forsch throws 2nd no-hitter

Forsch throws his 2nd career no-hitter, the first time for a Cardinal pitcher, blanking the Expos 3-0. He also doesn't walk a batter, but Montreal has 2 baserunners, both in the top of the 2nd inning, on a hit batsman and an error. See Game


September 28, 1984. Sutter ties ML record for saves

Bruce Sutter ties the ML record with his 45th save of the season in a win over the Cubs. See Game


October 16, 1985. Cardinals win NLCS

Cards win the NLCS and will face the Royals in the first Missouri intrastate World Series. Jack Clark slams a 3-run homer with 2 outs in the top of the 9th inning to give St. Louis a 7-5 win over the Dodgers. The Cardinals will lose the World Series, however, to the Royals. See Game


October 14, 1987. Cardinals win NLCS

The Cardinals win the 7th game over the Giants,6-0, on a Danny Cox shutout. They will lose the World Series for the 2nd year in the row in 7 games, this time to the Twins. See Game


September 15, 1991. Lankford hits for the cycle

Rookie Ray Lankford hits for the cycle, going 4 for 4, in a game the Cards win, 7-2, over the Mets. See Game


October 1, 1991. Smith sets NL record in saves for a season

Lee Smith earns his 46th save of the year, a new NL record. He will have 47 saves for the year. See Game


April 13, 1993. Smith sets ML record in career saves

Smith earns his 358th career save‚ an all-time record. See Game


September 7, 1993. Whiten has 4 homers, 12 RBI's

Mark Whiten ties the major-league record for RBIs in a game and doubleheader with 12 and 13 respectively. He gets the 12 RBI's in the St. Louis 15-2 win over the Reds in the 2nd game of the doubleheader. Whiten also ties the record for homers in a game with 4‚ including a grand slam. See Game


October 5, 1996. Cardinals sweep NLDS from Padres

The Cards win the 3rd game of the NLDS, sweeping the Padres. Brian Jordan's 2-run homer in the top of the 9th inning provides the winning margin. They will lose the NLCS, however, to the Braves, in 7 games. See Game


September 8, 1998. McGwire breaks Maris' HR record

Mark McGwire hits his 62nd homer of the year, breaking Roger Maris' single season record. He will hit 70 for the season. See Game


June 25, 1999. Jimenez tosses no-hitter

Rookie Jose Jimenez throws a no-hitter against the Diamondbacks. The Cards win, 1-0. Randy Johnson is the loser, striking out 14 St. Louis batters. See Game


October 7, 2000. Cardinals sweep NLDS from Braves

The Cards sweep the Braves, winning the 3rd game by a 7-1 score. Fernando Vina and Jim Edmonds each homer and drive in 3 runs. However, St. Louis will lose the NLCS to the Mets. See Game


September 3, 2001. Smith pitches no-hitter

Rookie Bud Smith pitches a no-hitter, defeating the Padres, 4-0. See Game


September 19, 2001. Pujols set new NL rookie RBI record

Albert Pujols drives in 3 runs to reach 120 RBI's, a new NL record for a rookie. See Game


October 5, 2002. Cardinals sweep NLDS from Diamondbacks

St. Louis sweeps the 3 game series from the Diamondbacks, winning the 3rd game 6-3. However, St. Louis will lose the NLCS to the Giants. See Game


October 10, 2004. Cardinals win NLDS over Dodgers

The Cards win game 4 over Los Angeles by a score of 6-2 and move onto NLCS against the Astros. See Game


October 20, 2004. Cardinals tie NLCS series with Houston on Edmonds' walkoff home run

The Cards win game 6 over the Astros in the 12th inning on a 2-run walkoff home run by Edmonds. See Game


October 21, 2004. Cardinals win NLCS series over Astros to advance to World Series with the Red Sox

The Cards win game 7 by a 5-2 score and advance to the World Series. They get swept, however, in 4 games by the Red Sox. See Game


April 27, 2005. Grudzielanek hits for cycle

Mark Grudzielanek goes 4 for 5, hitting for the cycle, in a 6-3 St. Louis win over Milwaukee. See Game


October 8, 2005. Cardinals win NLDS series over Padres to advance to NLCS

David Eckstein is 3 for 4 and Reggie Sanders drives home 2 runs in St. Louis' 7-4 win, giving him 10 for the series, an NLDS record. The Cardinals sweep the Padres in 3 games. However, they go on to lose the NLCS to the Astros. See Game


October 8, 2006. Cardinals win NLDS series over Padres to advance to NLCS

For the 2nd year in a row, St. Louis defeats the Padres in the NLCS and advance to the NLCs against the Mets. This time, however, it takes 4 games. The final score in game 4 is 6-2. See Game


October 19, 2006. Cardinals win NLCS series over Mets to advance to World Series

In the 7th game of the series, Yadier Molina slams a 9th inning 2-run home run to propel the Cards to a 3-1 victory over the Mets. St. Louis will face the Tigers in the World Series. See Game


October 27, 2006. Cardinals win 10th World Series title

St. Louis defeats the Tigers in 5 games with a 4-2 win. Eckstein drives in 2 runs in the winning game, and is the series MVP. Molina is 3 for 4 in the game. See Game


August 22, 2009. Cardinals get 10,000th franchise win

Cards win 10,000th win in franchise history, becoming only the 4th team to do so. They defeat the Padres, 7-0, in San Diego. See Game


September 26, 2009. Cardinals clinch NL Central Division

Cards become first team in 2009 to clinch a Division Title. They beat the Rockies, 6-3, at Coors Field. However, they are swept in 3 games by the Dodgers in the ALDS. See Game


September 28, 2011. Cardinals clinch Wild Card after historical comeback

After being behind by 10 1/2 games to the Braves in the Wild Card standings, they win 23 of the remaining 32 games. They clinch the NL Wild Card on the last day of the regular season by a 8-0 score over the Astros. See Game


October 7, 2011. Cardinals defeat Phillies in NLDS

In a classic pitching duel, in the 5th and deciding game of the NLDS, Chris Carpenter outduels Roy Halladay and the Cardinals win, 1-0. See Game


October 16, 2011. Cards win NLCS over Brewers for 18th pennant.

The Cardinals beat the Brewers in 6 games to capture NLCS and advance to the World Series against the Texas Rangers. They win the 6th game by a 12-6 score. See Game


October 22, 2011. Pujols has 5 hits, including 3 home runs, in World Series Game 3

Pujols has 5 hits, including 3 home runs and 6 RBI's, tying the World Series record for a single game in all these categories. The Cardinals take a 2 to 1 lead in the Series over the Rangers. See Game


October 27, 2011. Cardinals win World Series 6th game in dramatic fashion

Down 3-2 in games, the Cardinals come from 2 runs behind in both the 9th and 10th innings. They beat the Rangers, 10-9, in 11 innings. David Freese is the hero of the game, as he triples in the 9th inning with 2 outs to drive in a pair, and also hits a walk-off homer in the 11th. See Game


October 28, 2011. Cardinals win 11th World Series title

The Cardinals win their 11th World Series title, defeating the Rangers, 6-2. Carpenter wins his 2nd game of the series, and 4th of the postseason. See Game


Categories: 1964 NL Pennant Race, Cardinals' Greatest Moments
Teams: Astros, Athletics, Athletics, Athletics, Braves, Braves, Braves, Brewers, Browns, Cardinals, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Dodgers, Expos, Giants, Giants, Mets, Padres, Phillies, Pirates, Rangers, Red Sox, Reds, Rockies, Royals, Tigers, Twins, Yankees
Players: Pete Alexander, Ken Boyer, Harry Brecheen, Lou Brock, Steve Carlton, Chris Carpenter, Jack Clark, Ty Cobb, Danny Cox, Dizzy Dean, David Eckstein, Jim Edmonds, Curt Flood, Bob Forsch, David Freese, Frankie Frisch, Cesar Geronimo, Bob Gibson, Mark Grudzielanek, Roy Halladay, Rogers Hornsby, Jose Jimenez, Randy Johnson, Walter Johnson, Brian Jordan, Whitey Kurowski, Dennis Lamp, Ray Lankford, Roger Maris, Pepper Martin, Tim McCarver, Mark McGwire, Joe Medwick, Yadier Molina, Stan Musial, Gaylord Perry, Johnny Pesky, Albert Pujols, Babe Ruth, Reggie Sanders, Curt Simmons, Ted Simmons, Enos Slaughter, Bud Smith, Lee Smith, Bruce Sutter, Joe Torre, Fernando Vina, Harry Walker, Ray Washburn, Mark Whiten, Maury Wills
Games: ARI199906250, ATL198210100, ATL200010070, BOS196710120, CHN195805130, CHN198409280, CIN199309072, COL200909260, DET193410090, DET196810060, HOU196809150, HOU201109280, LAN198510160, LAN199304130, LAN200410100, MIL201110160, NYA192610100, NYA194210050, NYA194610150, NYN200610190, PHI196709180, PHI201110070, PIT197108140, PIT197306270, SDN197708290, SDN199610050, SDN200109030, SDN200510080, SDN200908220, SFN196809180, SLN193110100, SLN194410090, SLN195405021, SLN195405022, SLN196410040, SLN196410150, SLN196810020, SLN197108040, SLN197407170, SLN197409100, SLN197804160, SLN197908130, SLN198210200, SLN198309260, SLN198710140, SLN199109150, SLN199110010, SLN199809080, SLN200109190, SLN200210050, SLN200410200, SLN200410210, SLN200504270, SLN200610080, SLN200610270, SLN201110270, SLN201110280, TEX201110220

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