December 11 in Cardinals History

  • The Cardinals traded Jimmy Cooney to the Chicago Cubs for Vic Keen in 1925.
  • The Cardinals traded Pete Alexander and Harry McCurdy in 1929 to the Philadelphia Phillies for Bob McGraw and Homer Peel.
  • The Cardinals traded Burleigh Grimes to the Chicago Cubs in 1931 for Bud Teachout and Hack Wilson.
  • In 1941, the Giants trade hurler Bill Lohrman, catcher James O’Dea, first baseman Johnny McCarthy and $50,000 to the Cardinals to obtain first baseman Johnny Mize. The Giants’ new infielder, despite missing three years due to WWII, will spend five productive seasons of his Hall of Fame career with the team, hitting .299 and averaging more than 100 RBIs per season.
  • The New York Giants traded Eddie Stanky to the St. Louis Cardinals for Chuck Diering and Max Lanier in 1951.
  • The New York Mets, in 1974, traded Ted Martinez to the Cardinals for Jack Heidemann and Mike Vail.
  • The Rangers traded Drew Robinson to the Cardinals for Patrick Wisdom in 2018.


Joe Riggert (1886) -Riggert  failed to stick; he hit just .203 in 1914 for the National League’s Brooklyn Robins and St. Louis Cardinals and was known as he fastest man in baseball. 

Fred Toney (1888) – With the Cardinals in 1923, pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, New York Giants and St. Louis Cardinals from 1911 to 1923. His career record was 139 wins, 102 losses, and a 2.69 earned run average. Toney twice won 20 games in a season (1917, 1920) and also led the National League in saves in 1918.

Johnny O’Brien (1930) – is a former backup second baseman and pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1953, 1955–58), St. Louis Cardinals (1958) and Milwaukee Braves (1959). O’Brien batted and threw right-handed. His twin brother, Eddie, was also a major league infielder. Lifetime .250 hitter.

Bob Sykes (1954) – He played during five seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals. Sykes was drafted by the Tigers in the 19th round of the 1974 MLB draft. He played his first professional season with their Rookie level Bristol Tigers in 1974. Rarely a starter for most of his career, Sykes was moved to the bullpen for the majority of his final major league season with the Cardinals in 1981.He split his last season between the New York Yankees’ Double-A Nashville Sounds and Triple-A Columbus Clippers in 1982 after being traded from St. Louis for Willie McGee on October 21, 1981.

Thomas Howard (1964) -He played 11 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1990 to 2000 for the San Diego Padres, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, and St. Louis Cardinals. On April 11, 2000, he hit the first grand slam at Minute Maid Park.In 1015 Major League games over 11 seasons, Howard posted a .264 batting average (655-for-2483) with 297 runs, 123 doubles, 22 triples, 44 home runs, 264 RBI, 66 stolen bases, 165 bases on balls, .311 on-base percentage and .384 slugging percentage. He finished his career with a .986 fielding percentage playing at all three outfield positions. In nine postseason games, he hit .158 (3-for-19) with one RBI.


  • Jim Bottomley (HOF) 1959
  • Doc Marshall 1959