December 31 in Cardinals History

Cardinals History

  • In 1998, the Cardinals signed Thomas Howard as a free agent.

Cardinals History- Birthdays

Fred Beebe 1879 – Beebe made his professional debut on April 17, 1906, and played Major League Baseball from 1906 to 1916. In his rookie year, Beebe led the Major Leagues with 171 strikeouts. His career record was 62–83.After leaving the league, he served as the head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers college baseball team

Bobby Byrne 1884 – The speedy Byrne was a defensive stalwart with excellent range. He started his major league career with the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1907 season. Acquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates in late August 1909, he contributed for his new club down the stretch, including allowing Tommy Leach to stay in center field.  Byrne enjoyed his most productive season in 1910, when he posted career-numbers in batting average (.296), runs batted in (52), runs (101), stolen bases (36), slugging percentage (.417), and led the National League with 178 hits and in doubles with 43 (also career highs).

Syl Johnson 1900 -Johnson’s career lasted from 1922 to 1940 and he played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, and Philadelphia Phillies. In an emergency, he was the third base umpire in a game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds. He was a coach for the Phillies from 1937 to 1941. An early proponent of a pension plan for players, his proposal to Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis was rejected although a pension plan was approved in 1947. He was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1981.He had a 112-117 carer record with a 4.08 ERA.

Cardinals History- Deaths

  • Frank Bonner 1905
  • Tip O’Neill 1915
  • Bobby Byrne 1964
  • Sam Narron 1996