1987- First Place Club

The Cardinals went 95-67 during the season and finished first in the National League East Division for the third and last time before moving to the NL Central in 1994. They went on to win the NLCS in seven games over the San Francisco Giants. In the World Series against the Minnesota Twins, after having fallen behind 2-0 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, they won their next three games at home. However, back at the Metrodome, they lost the last two and fell one game short of a World Series title. It would be the Cardinals’ last World Series appearance until 2004.

September highlights included a Terry Pendleton home run on a September 11 game against the contending Mets as well as a Tom Herr walk-off grand slam against the Mets on Seat Cushion Night. As St. Louis proceeded into the post-season, they found themselves without clean-up hitter Jack Clark, the team’s number-one offensive threat. He damaged his ankle when he caught a cleat in the artificial turf at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium.[4] Nonetheless, the Redbirds won 95 games to capture the NL East title.


  • October 31, 1986: Alan Knicely was released by the Cardinals.
  • December 19, 1986: Bob Forsch was signed as a free agent by the Cardinals.
  • January 26, 1987: Skeeter Barnes was signed as a free agent by the Cardinals


  • Tom Pagnozzi  April 12
  • Joe Magrane  April 25
  • Rod Booker  April 29
  • Lance Johnson  July 10
  • Steve Peters  August 11

During the Season

April 1, 1987: Mike LaValliere, Mike Dunne and Andy Van Slyke were traded by the Cardinals to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Tony Peña.
April 6, 1987: Lee Tunnell was purchased by the Cardinals from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
June 2, 1987: Jeremy Hernandez was drafted by the Cardinals in the 2nd round of the 1987 Major League Baseball Draft.
July 16, 1987: Skeeter Barnes was purchased from the Cardinals by the Milwaukee Brewers.
July 25, 1987: Joe Boever was traded by the Cardinals to the Atlanta Braves for Randy O’Neal.
August 31, 1987: Pat Perry was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for a player to be named later. On September 3, 1987 the Cincinnati Reds sent Scott Terry to the St. Louis Cardinals to complete the deal.
September 29, 1987: Doug DeCinces was signed as a Free Agent with the St. Louis Cardinals.