December 28 in Cardinals History


  • In 1926. Bob O’Farrell is named to replace Rogers Hornsby as the Cardinal manager. The ‘Rajah’, who guided the Redbirds to a World Championship as the team’s player-manager last season, was traded to the Giants eight days ago for Frankie Frisch and Jimmy Ring.
  • The Cardinals signed Abraham Nunez as a free agent in 2004.


Wattie Holm 1901 – was a .275 career hitter. Holm played for the St. Louis Cardinals for seven seasons between 1924 and 1932, missing the 1930 and 1931 seasons. Holm was a member of the Cardinals first World Series in 1926. He batted and threw right-handed. Holm suffered from mental illness later in life; nearly two decades after leaving professional baseball, he killed his wife shortly before killing himself.

Nelson Burbrink 1921 -After almost a dozen years playing in the minor leagues, Burbrink finally made it to Major League Baseball at the age of 33 with the St. Louis Cardinals. After being called up to the big leagues in June 1955, Burbrink shared catching duties with teammate Bill Sarni for the remainder of the season. He made his major league debut on June 5 during a doubleheader against the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field. He appeared in 58 games for St. Louis, going 47-for-170 (.276) with eight doubles, one triple, no home runs, 15 runs batted in, and 11 runs scored. He had a .333 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of .335. Defensively, he recorded 261 putouts, 24 assists, six errors, and participated in four double plays. His fielding percentage was .979, slightly under the league average that season.

Einar Diaz 1972 – played for the Cardinals in 2005 as a catcher.  Career batting average was .254.

Barret Browning 1984 -He was selected by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 28th round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft. He was drafted by the Cardinals in the 2011 Rule 5 draft and was called up to the major leagues on June 30, 2012. The Cardinals designated him for assignment on January 28, 2013. He was released on May 24, 2013.


  • Bob Pertica 1967
  • Sal Maglie 1992