1910 – President Taft Comes to Town

The Cardinals played at Robison Field in St. Louis and was managed by Roger Bresnahan. The team was never in first place and only at the .500 mark for one day of the season. At the conclusion of the season, they were 27 games under the even mark and had experienced a 13 game losing streak. The attendance was average for the year with 355,668 (5th of 8) total. 

President Watches two Games in One Day

There was a lot of hullabaloo going on in St. Louis, as it was the opening of baseball see and the President of the United States, was to be in attendance. William Howard Taft decided to make a full day of it as he could take in a game in the afternoon for the Cardinals where he threw out the ceremonial first pitch. He watched long enough when the Cardinals took a 12-3 lead over Cincinnati. He left that game and headed for Sportsman’s Park for the Browns and Indians game that went 14 innings and was called a tie due to darkness.

Six PA’s and NO official AB’s

One of the oddities to the season was Miller Huggins had six plate appearance in a game and didn’t record an official at-bat with four walks, a sacrifice fly and a sacrifice hit. He finished the season with 116 walks for the most in the league. But for the most part, the offense was really anemic. Rube Ellis led the team for the season with 4 home runs and Ed Konetchy batted .302 with 78 runs batted in, 157 hits (16 triples) to lead the offense. His batting average marked the first time in five seasons a Cardinals player had achieved the .300 batting average. 

The Team and the Finish

The starters were Ed Phelps at catcher, Konetchy at first, Miller Huggins played second, Mike Mowrey was the shortstop to complete the infield. Roaming the outfield was Ellis in left, Rebel Oakes patrolled center and Steve Evans in right. The Cardinals were 35-41 at home and 28-49 on the road and finished 63-90 for the year for 7th place and 40.5 games behind the NL champion Cubs. The only team in the National League they finish above .500 with is the Phillies where they win 12 and lose 10 on the year.


Things would change dramatically before the 1911 season even began.