December 18 in Cardinals History


2001- Filling the void created by Mark McGwire’s unexpected retirement, the Cardinals sign first baseman Tino Martinez to a $21 million, three-year contract. After he was replaced in the Yankees lineup by Jason Giambi, the former Bronx Bomber said the Cardinals were his first choice as a free agent.
2004- Two days after trading pitching ace Tim Hudson (17-8, 4.43) to the Braves, the A’s deal Mark Mulder to the Cardinals for starting pitcher Dan Haren, reliever Kiko Calero and minor league catching prospect Daric Barton. Five of the six players obtained by giving up two-thirds of the team’s ‘Big Three’ are expected to be part of the opening day roster for Oakland.

Trading History and Transactions

1972– The Philadelphia Phillies traded Byron Browne to the Cardinals for Keith Lampard in 1972.

Cardinals traded Daric Barton, Kiko Calero and Dan Haren in 2004 to the Oakland Athletics for Mark Mulder


Coaker Triplett (1911) he was a defensive replacement for the most part and played as an available body during wartime.In a six-season career, Triplett was a .256 hitter (334-for-1307) with 27 home runs and 173 RBI in 470 games, including 148 runs, 47 doubles, 14 triples, 10 stolen bases, and a .320 on-base percentage. Defensively, he recorded a .965 fielding percentage.

Gini Cimoli (1929) -On April 15, 1958, Cimoli became the first Major League batter to step into the batter’s box on the West Coast when the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants played their first game of the season at Seals Stadium in San Francisco. After the season, the Dodgers traded Cimoli to the St. Louis Cardinals for Wally Moon and Phil Paine. After the 1959 season, the Cardinals traded Cimoli to the Pittsburgh Pirates with Tom Cheney in exchange for Ron Kline

Mike Gulan (1970) -Gulan was drafted by the Cardinals in the second round of the 1992 MLB draft after playing collegiately at Kent State University from 1990 to 1992. He played his first professional season with their Class A (Short Season) Hamilton Redbirds in 1992, and his last with the White Sox’ rookie league team, the Bristol White Sox, in 2004. He had no career hits.

Jose Rodriguez (1974) -Rodríguez pitched 12 games in MLB, 6 in 2000 for the St. Louis Cardinals and 6 in 2002 for the Cardinals and Minnesota Twins. was 0-1 and had a 9.00 ERA. 


Former Cardinal player Bill Howerton died on this date in 2001.