December 19 in Cardinals History

1954- Wally Moon (.304, 12, 106) becomes the first Cardinal player to be selected by the BBWAA as the National League’s Rookie of the Year.

Trading and Signings History

  • Cardinals released Debs Garms in 1945.
  • In 1986, the Cardinals signed Bob Forsch as a free agent.
  • The Cardinals signed Danny Sheaffer, in 1994, as a free agent.
  • The Giants traded Tom Lampkin to the Cardinals for Rene Arocha in 1996.
  • The Cardinals signed Russ Springer in 2002 as a free agent.
  • 2003- The Cardinals signed Reggie Sanders as a free agent.
  • The Cardinals signed Ricardo Rincon as a free agent in 2005.
  • The Cardinals, in 2007, signed D’Angelo Jimenez and Jason LaRue as a free agents
  • Cardinals signed J.R. Towles as a free agent in 2012.


Art Butler (1887) In five seasons he hit .241 and was an infielder in Major League Baseball. He played for the Boston Rustlers, Pittsburgh Pirates, and St. Louis Cardinals

Herb Gorman (1924)He had only one Major League at bat in a single game played for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1952; then, the following season, he died at age 28 after he was stricken with a fatal heart attack while he was playing a minor league game.

Tom Lawless (1956)-He became famous in 1984 when he became the only player ever traded for Pete Rose.

Lawless, who only hit two regular-season home runs in his career, is also remembered for his dramatic go-ahead home run in Game 4 of the 1987 World Series (he had hit .080 in 25 at-bats during the regular season.) Lawless later expressed shock that he had managed to hit a home run. “When it went over the wall, I thought, ‘Holy cow, it went out.’ I went blank. I don’t remember flipping the bat.”

Russell Branyan (1975) -in three season he was a .231 hitter with some power. .Branyan spent brief stints with the Phillies and Cardinals before becoming a free agent at the end of the year.

Tim Cooney (1990)The Cardinals selected him in the third round of the 2012 amateur draft after attending Wake Forest University and playing college baseball for the Demon Deacons. He made his major league debut on April 30, 2015. Finished with a 1-0 lifetime record. 


Bill Warwick 1984

Charlie Wilson 1970

Phil Gagliano 2016