December 1 in Cardinals History

  • 1919- Sam Breadon, the owner of the Western Automobile Company, takes on the position as club president of the St. Louis Cardinals. Branch Rickey becomes General Manager and vice president along with staying on the field as the team manager.#OTD
  • 1931 – The Cubs trade future Hall of Famer Hack Wilson and pitcher Bud Teachout to the Cardinals for pitcher Burleigh Grimes.
  • Cardinals traded Aledmys Diaz to the Toronto Blue Jays for J.B. Woodman (minors) in 2017.
  • Cardinals traded Jaime Garcia to the Atlanta Braves for Luke Dykstra (minors), Chris Ellis (minors) and John Gant in 2016.
  • The Cardinals, in 2015, traded Tony Cruz to the Kansas City Royals for Jose Martinez (minors).
  • 1931- The Cincinnati Reds purchased Wally Roettger from the St. Louis Cardinals
  • 1961- The Baltimore Orioles traded Johnny Kucks to the St. Louis Cardinals for Ron Kabbes
  • 1968- The New York Mets traded Jerry Buchek to the St. Louis Cardinals for Jim Cosman


  • Tommy Raub (1870) – He was a catcher for parts of two seasons (1903, 1906) with the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals. For his career, he compiled a .253 batting average in 162 at-bats, with nine runs batted in.
  • Les Munns (1908) -was a pitcher in Major League Baseball. He pitched from 1934 to 1936 for the Brooklyn Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals and had a 4-13 lifetime record. 
  • Walter Alston (1908) – played in one major league game and that was on September 27, 1936 and was baseball manager in Major League Baseball who managed the Brooklyn / Los Angeles Dodgers from 1954 through 1976, signing 23 one-year contracts with the team. Regarded as one of the greatest managers in baseball history. Was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983. 
  • Marty Marion (1917) -Marion played for the St. Louis Cardinals and the St. Louis Browns between 1940–1953. He was a defensive stalwart of the Cardinals’ dynasty in the 1940s, which saw them win three World Series in a five year span, and was named the National League Most Valuable Player in 1944, the first shortstop in the history of the National League to win the award. An 8 time All Star selection and a member of the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame.In a 13-season career, Marion posted a .263 batting average with 36 home runs and 624 RBI in 1572 games. His career fielding percentage was .969. He made All-Star Game appearances from 1943–44 and 1946–1950 (There was no All-Star Game in 1945). In 1944, he earned the National League Most Valuable Player Award. As a manager, he compiled a 356–372 record.
  • Tim Jones (1917)Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2nd round of the 1985 Major League Baseball Draft, Jones made his Major League Baseball debut with the St. Louis Cardinals on July 26, 1988, and appeared in his final game during on October 2, 1993.
  • Larry Walker (1966) – Desiring a trade to a contending team, Walker was sent by the Rockies to St. Louis in the middle of their 105-win season of 2004 where he made his first World Series appearance while tying or setting three Cardinals postseason records. He announced his retirement from playing baseball after Game 6 of the 2005 National League Championship Series.
  • Reggie Sanders (1967) – With the Cardinals 2004-2005, Sanders had a breakout of sorts during the 2005 National League Division Series against the San Diego Padres. In a three-game sweep of the Padres, Sanders had 10 runs batted in, a new record for a division series. In Game 1 of the 2005 NLCS, Sanders hit a two-run home run to give the Cardinals a two-run lead, making it his seventh career postseason home run. However, the Cardinals would lose the series in six games, giving the Houston Astros their first NL pennant and trip to the World Series.


  • Danny Shay 1927
  • Klondike Douglass 1953
  • George Earnshaw 1976
  • Buster Mills 1991