1955 – Worst Record Since 1924

Stanky Stunk

Eddie Stanky is the manager for the Cardinals and he lasted until the end of May when he has a tirade in the visiting dugout and destroys it. The next day Harry Walker is hired and Stanky is fired.

Rookies carry team

Kenny Boyer and Bill Virdon, Cardinals rookies, both have a good day at the plate with three hits each and rookie pitcher Luis Arroyo tosses a six-hit win. (BOXSCORE)

Bill Virdon wins Rookie of the Year

Outfielder Bill Virdon won the Rookie of the Year Award this year, batting .281, with 17 home runs and 68 RBIs. This was the second consecutive year a Cardinal won the Rookie of the Year Award, with Wally Moon winning the previous season.

Musial smacks HR to win All Star game

The All Star Game is held in Milwaukee on July 12 and Stan Musial provides the game winner in the bottom of the 12th inning with a home run for the National League to win 6-5.

Cardinals reach low point

Seventh place is the best the Cardinals could do with a 68-86 record. Things haven’t been this bad since 1924.

Manager: Eddie Stanky (17-19) and Harry Walker (51-67)
GM: Dick Meyer (Fired 10/7/1955)
Scored 654 runs, Allowed 757 runs

GM and Manager fired; Lane Hired

A few weeks later Frank Lane is hired as general manager and he begins a tenure of changes and trades. The first thing he does is fire Harry Walker and place Fred Hutchinson in as the new Cardinals manager.