1983- Keith Hernandez traded

The St. Louis Cardinals 1983 season was the team’s 102nd season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 92nd season in the National League. The Cardinals went 79-83 during the season and finished 4th in the National League East, eleven games behind the NL Champion Philadelphia Phillies.

They were the first team in the Divisional play era to have a losing season one year after winning the World Series.

First baseman Keith Hernandez, shortstop Ozzie Smith, and outfielder Willie McGee won Gold Gloves this year, although Hernandez was traded to the New York Mets in mid-season.


  • Rafael Santiago April 5
  • Dave Von Ohlen May 13
  • Kevin Hagen  June 4
  • Andy Van Slyke  June 17
  • Billy Lyons  July 20
  • Danny Cox  August 6
  • Jim Adduci  September 12
  • Ralph Citarella  September 13
  • Jeff Doyle  September 13

Notable transactions

June 15, 1983: Keith Hernandez was traded by the Cardinals to the New York Mets for Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey.
July 6, 1983: Jim Kaat was released by the Cardinals.
August 2, 1983: Eric Rasmussen was purchased from the Cardinals by the Kansas City Royals.

 Major League Baseball Draft

Jim Lindeman was drafted by the Cardinals in the 1st round (24th pick).
Tom Pagnozzi was drafted by the Cardinals in the 8th round. Player signed June 18, 1983.