1941- Musial Debuts

Cardinals Lose Slaughter for Season

The Cardinals finish 2nd under manager Billy Southworth. Some tough breaks may have contributed to the team sliding into 2nd place. On August 10, Enos Slaughter breaks his collar bone on a collision in the outfield with Terry Moore. Slaughter doesn’t come back in 1941.

Warnecke No-Hitter

Lon Warnecke tosses a no-hitter (August 30) against Cincinnati in a 2-0 win. He is so good on this date that only three balls get to the outfield. (BOXSCORE).

Musial Debuts

September 17, Stan Musial makes his debut in a doubleheader. He pops out to third base and then proceeds to get two hits in the next three at bats. Here is the (BOXSCORE) for Musial debuts.

Stan Musial hits his first of 475 home runs on September 23 in a 9-0 win at Pittsburgh. (BOXSCORE) This is a glimpse of the future.

The Cardinals finish 97-56 and in second place 2.5 games behind Brooklyn.

Mize traded and Dean begins broadcasting

Johnny Mize is traded to the Giants on December 11 for three players and $50,000.

The attendance for the season was up to 633,645. Former pitcher Dizzy Dean begins broadcasting Cardinal games on radio.

Enos Slaughter makes $8,000 and Stan Musial is $1,800 per year.

Transactions in 1941

Signed Chuck Diering as an amateur free agent.

Signed Tommy Glaviano as an amateur free agent.

Signed Ken Johnson as an amateur free agent.

Signed Del Rice as an amateur free agent.

Signed Hal Rice as an amateur free agent.

Ken Holcombe sent to the New York Yankees in an unknown transaction.

Eddie Kazak received from Valdosta (Georgia-Florida) in an unknown transaction.

January 2, 1941

Purchased Bill Brubaker from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Purchased Hy Vandenberg from the New York Giants.

March 25, 1941

Purchased George Myatt from the New York Giants. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

April 15, 1941

Sold Newt Kimball to the Brooklyn Dodgers.

May 14, 1941

Sold Ernie Koy to the Cincinnati Reds.

Purchased Pep Young from the Cincinnati Reds.

Traded Bill McGee to the New York Giants. Received Paul Dean, Harry Gumbert and cash.

June 21, 1941

Purchased Jimmy Ripple from the Cincinnati Reds.

Selected Bill Crouch off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies.

June 28, 1941

Sold Danny Murtaugh to the Philadelphia Phillies.

September 2, 1941

Sold Hank Gornicki to the Chicago Cubs.

September 9, 1941

Sold Bert Haas to the Cincinnati Reds.

Traded Tom Sunkel to the New York Giants. Received a player to be named later and Jumbo Brown. The New York Giants sent Rae Blaemire (April 8, 1942) to the St. Louis Cardinals to complete the trade.

September 10, 1941

Sold Johnny Wyrostek to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

September 22, 1941

Previous purchase of Hank Gornicki by the Chicago Cubs voided and player returned.

September 30, 1941

Stan Ferens drafted by the St. Louis Browns in the 1941 rule 5 draft.

Glenn Gardner drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 1941 rule 5 draft.

Clyde Kluttz drafted by the Boston Braves in the 1941 rule 5 draft.

Bob Repass drafted by the Washington Senators in the 1941 rule 5 draft.

December 1, 1941

Hank Gornicki selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates off waivers.

December 4, 1941

Purchased Ray Mueller from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

December 5, 1941

Purchased Debs Garms from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

December 10, 1941

Traded Don Padgett to the Brooklyn Dodgers. Received Jack Burman (minors), Kemp Wicker and $7,500.

December 11, 1941

Traded Johnny Mize to the New York Giants. Received Bill Lohrman, Johnny McCarthy, Ken O’Dea and $50,000.