April 1 in Cardinals History

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  • The Tigers purchased Dick Harley from the Cardinals in 1900.
  • Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis, not a fan of Branch Rickey’s farm system, grants free agency in 1938 to a group of nine Cardinal minor leaguers that includes Pete Reiser.
  • The St. Louis Browns, owners of Sportsman’s Park, move to evict the Cardinals in order to gain a rent increase in 1949.
  • The Cardinals, in 1959, returned Bob Miller to the Philadelphia Phillies as part of a conditional deal.
  • The Cincinnati Reds purchased Howie Nunn from the Cardinals in 1960.
  • The Boston Red Sox, in 1963, purchased Bobby Smith from the Cardinals.
  • In 1965, the San Francisco Giants traded Moose Stubing to the St. Louis Cardinals for George Williams
  • The Cardinals trade Bob Shirley to the Cincinnati Reds for Oscar Brito and Jeff Lahti in 1982. 
  • The Cardinals traded Mike Dunne, Mike LaValliere and Andy Van Slyke, in 1987, to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Tony Pena
  • In 2010, the Cardinals sent Julio Lugo to the Baltimore Orioles as part of a conditional deal.
  • Cardinals traded Breyvic Valera to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Johan Mieses (minors) in 2018.




  •    John Axford 1983




Tommy John Surgery


In 1991, Joe Magrane had Tommy John surgery and became the 5th Cardinals player to have the surgery.





2008 Brian Barton- singled to center in the 7th inning
2008 Kyle McClellan- faced three batters in his debut and fanned one with no hits allowed.
2008 Rico Washington- grounded out to second base in a pinch-hit appearance in the 5th inning batting for the pitcher Kyle Lohse 


  • Henry Stein (1927) – played in ONE game in his MLB career
  • Pat Deasley (1943)
  • George Strief (1946)
  • Casey Hageman (1964)
  • Bob Smith (2013)