December 12 in Cardinals History

  • In 1903, the Cardinals trade future Hall of Fame right-hander Mordecai “Three Fingers” Brown and catcher Jack O’Neill to the Cubs in exchange for backstop Larry McLean and Jack Taylor, a righty who will set the record for consecutive complete-games in one season next year with 39 when he compiles a 20-19 record for the Redbirds. Three-finger Brown will post a 188-86 (.686) record, including six consecutive seasons of 20+ wins, during his ten-year tenure with Chicago.
  • The Cardinals traded Art Fromme and Ed Karger in 1908 to the Cincinnati Reds for Admiral Schlei.
  • Cardinals traded Red Murray, Bugs Raymond and Admiral Schlei to the New York Giants for Roger Bresnahan in 1908.
  • Cardinals traded Bob Harmon, Ed Konetchy and Mike Mowrey to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Art Butler, Cozy Dolan, Dots Miller, Hank Robinson and Chief Wilson in 1913.
  • The Milwaukee Brewers traded David Green, Dave LaPoint, Sixto Lezcano and Lary Sorensen to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1980 for Rollie Fingers, Ted Simmons and Pete Vuckovich
  • The Cardinals traded Steve Barnard (minors) and George Hendrick in 1984 to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Brian Harper and John Tudor
  • Cardinals in 2010 traded Brendan Ryan to the Seattle Mariners for Maikel Cleto.
  • In 2012, the Cardinals traded Skip Schumaker to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Jake Lemmerman.


Clyde Kluttz- 1917 -was a catcher for the Boston Braves (1942–45), New York Giants (1945–46), St. Louis Cardinals (1946), Pittsburgh Pirates (1947–48), St. Louis Browns (1951) and Washington Senators (1951–52). Kluttz appeared in 52 regular season games as a member of the 1946 world champion Cardinals—and was the starting catcher on October 3 for the flag-clinching Game 2 of the postseason playoff against the Brooklyn Dodger—but he did not play in the 1946 World Series. In nine Major League seasons, Kluttz played in 656 games, and had 1,903 at-bats, 172 runs, 510 hits, 90 doubles, 8 triples, 19 home runs, 212 RBI, 5 stolen bases, 132 walks, .268 batting average, .318 on-base percentage, .354 slugging percentage, 673 total bases and 30 sacrifice hits.

Bill Howerton- 1921 – a .274 lifetime hitter.He signed with the Boston Red Sox in 1943 and played three seasons in their farm system before being acquired by the Cardinals’ organization. In September 1949, after Howerton batted .329 with 111 runs batted in for the Triple-A Columbus Red Birds, he was recalled by the Cardinals for a late-season trial. In 1950, he made the Redbird roster out of spring training and had his most successful MLB season, appearing in 110 games and collecting 88 hits (38 for extra bases) and 59 runs batted in. He was traded to the Pirates on June 15, 1951, in a deal that included fellow Redbirds Howie Pollet, Ted Wilks and Joe Garagiola.


2023- Larry Miggins