December 2 in Cardinals History

Trading History and Transactions

  • The Cincinnati Reds traded Nick Cullop and cash to the Cardinals for Andy High in 1931. 
  • The Cincinnati Reds purchased Spud Davis in 1936 from the Cardinals
  • Cardinals traded Jack Crimian and $100,000 in 1953 to the Cincinnati Reds for Alex Grammas.
  • In 1959, the Baltimore Orioles traded Bob Nieman to the St. Louis Cardinals for Chuck Staniland (minors) and Gene Green




1928– Jim Bottomley is named NL MVP. He led the league in RBI’s and triples while finishing second in home runs.



1948– Cardinals outfielder Stan Musial is named the National League Most Valuable Player. ‘Stan the Man’ led the NL in hitting with a .376 batting average and 131 RBIs, but just misses the Triple Crown when his 39 home runs is one round-tripper less than the totals hit by Johnny Mize and Ralph Kiner, the league’s leaders.


  • Glenn Crawford (1913) – He played in 1945 and one game in 1946 in the majors for the St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies. Crawford played at least seven games at four different positions: 34 at shortstop, 32 in right field, 14 at second base, and 7 in left field.
  • Pedro Borbon (1946) -Shortly before the 1980 season, he was released and signed by the St. Louis Cardinals, for whom he pitched ten games before being released, signalling the end of his career.
  • Darryl Kile (1968)In 1998, Kile signed with the Colorado Rockies as a free agent. Kile suffered control problems, allowing hitters to lay off his curveball. After two seasons in which he was a combined 21–30 and posted ERAs of 5.20 and 6.61, Kile was traded to the Cardinals. In his first season with St. Louis, Kile went 20–9, becoming the first Cardinal pitcher since John Tudor and Joaquín Andújar in 1985 to win 20 games in a season. He made his third All-Star team and again finished fifth in NL Cy Young Award voting. He earned the first playoff victory of his career in Game 2 of the 2000 NLDS against Atlanta, but suffered two losses in the NL Championship Series, which the Cardinals lost to the Mets in five games.Kile went 16–11 in 2001, and the Cardinals made the playoffs again, losing to the eventual world champion Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLDS. Kile was the starting pitcher for Game 3 and received a no-decision.[4] Kile threw 227+1⁄3 innings and compiled a 3.09 ERA that season, despite having an injured shoulder which required surgery after the Cardinals were eliminated from the playoffs. He spent the offseason rehabilitating and was ready for the start of the 2002 season. In 12 seasons as a major league pitcher, Kile never went on the disabled list On June 18, Kile pitched in an interleague game against the Anaheim Angels, scattering six hits over 7+2⁄3 innings, allowing one run. He exited the game in the eighth inning to a standing ovation. Kile and the Cardinals won the game, 7–2, and moved into first place in the NL’s Central Division, a spot they held for the rest of the 2002 season. He died at the age of 33 of coronary artery disease in 2002 in Chicago, where he and the St. Louis Cardinals were staying for a weekend series against the Chicago Cubs. He was the first active major league player to die during the regular season since 1979, when the New York Yankees’ Thurman Munson died in a plane crash.


  • Don Padgett 1980- born Don Wilson Padgett (December 5, 1911 – December 9, 1980). He died in High Point, North Carolina, four days after his 69th birthday.
  • Ben Wade 2002 –born Benjamin Styron Wade in Morehead City, NC and died of cancer at the age of 80  in Los Angeles