December 24 in Cardinals History

In a letter to Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, traded Cardinal outfielder Curt Flood states his refusal to report to the Phillies, citing he is not a piece of property to be sold. The MLB Players’ Association announces support for Flood’s suit against baseball and will pay legal fees. This is in 1969.

The Cardinals signed Luis Ortiz as a free agent in 2003.


George Zackert (1884) -nicknamed “Zeke”, was a professional baseball pitcher. He played parts of two seasons in Major League Baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals (1911–1912). He was 0-2 in his career with a 11.88 ERA.

John D’Aquisto (1951) – He was traded (with Mike Caldwell and Dave Rader) to the St. Louis Cardinals for Willie Crawford, John Curtis and Vic Harris on October 20, 1976. Due to his being on the disabled list, D’Acquisto only appeared in three games with the Cardinals, with a 4.32 ERA.

John Costello (1960) – made his debut on June 2, 1988. In a four-season career, Costello posted an 11–6 record with a 2.97 earned run average and four saves in 119 games pitched.


Jamey Wright (1974) -On July 1, 2002, Wright was traded with cash to the St. Louis Cardinals for a player to be named later (Mike Matthews) and Chris Morris. Wright had a 2–0 record in four appearances (three starts) for the Cardinals, with a 4.80 ERA. In 23 games (22 starts) total in 2002, he had a 7–13 record and a 5.29 ERA. The Cardinals won the NL Central title and advanced to the NL Championship Series (NLCS), losing to the Giants, but Wright was not part of the playoff roster. In 2013, when Wright expressed his desire to make an appearance in the playoffs, he told reporters that his time with St. Louis “definitely does not count”.[ After the season, he became a free agent


  • Charlie Duffee 1894
  • John Dovie 1915
  • Skipper Roberts 1963
  • Bob Habenicht 1980