December 8 in Cardinals History


Trading History and Transactions

1928 – The Cardinals sell veteran SS Rabbit Maranville to the Braves.

Phillies traded Earl Grace to the Cardinals for Cap Clark in 1937.

In 1938, the Cubs purchased Ray Harrell from the Cardinals.

The Cardinals traded Frenchy Bordagaray in 1938 to the Cincinnati Reds for Dusty Cooke.

The Cardinals traded Ray Jablonski and Gerry Staley to the Cincinnati Reds for Frank Smith in 1954.

The Cardinals, in 1966, trade Charley Smith and acquire Roger Maris from the Yankees in a trade.

Cardinals traded Tom Murphy to the Brewers, in 1973, for Bob Heise.

The Giants traded Pete Falcone to the St. Louis Cardinals for Ken Reitz in 1975.

In 1977, the Milwaukee Brewers traded George Frazier to the St. Louis Cardinals for Buck Martinez.

The Cardinals traded Al Hrabosky to the Kansas City Royals for Mark Littell and Buck Martinez in 1977.

The Cardinals pull off an 11-player trade with the Padres in 1980:

Traded Terry Kennedy, John Littlefield, Al Olmsted, Mike Phillips, Kim Seaman, Steve Swisher and John Urrea to the San Diego Padres. Received a player to be named later, Rollie Fingers, Bob Shirley and Gene Tenace. The San Diego Padres sent Bob Geren (December 10, 1980) to the St. Louis Cardinals to complete the trade.

The Cardinals, in 1992, signed Hector Villanueva as a free agent.

The Cardinals signed Larry Sutton as a free agent in 1999.

2006- The  Cardinals signed Russ Springer as a free agent.

It’s official, in 2011, Pujols leaves the Cardinals.  The Angels reached an agreement with Albert Pujols on a 10-year deal for a reported $254 million.

Cardinals traded Jon Jay to the Padres, in 2015 for Jedd Gyorko and cash.

2019 – The Veterans Committee elects C Ted Simmons and Players’ Union leader Marvin Miller to the Hall of Fame for induction in July, 2020.


Bill Beckmann (1907) Beckmann spent twelve years in the minor leagues before his MLB debut. His professional career began in 1927 with the Danville Veterans of the Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League. He remained in the minors until the Athletics selected him from the Atlanta Crackers in the rule 5 draft following the 1938 season.He played his final game on September 20,1942. He finished with a 21-25 carer pitching record

Brant Alyea (1940) – made his Cardinals debut on July 20, 1972 , he became the ninth player to hit a home run on his first MLB pitch. He finished with a .247 batting average.

Ed Brinkman (1941) -He was involved in a three-team deal on November 18, 1974, in which he was first traded along with Bob Strampe and Dick Sharon from the Tigers to the San Diego Padres for Nate Colbert and then sent to the St. Louis Cardinals for Sonny Siebert, Alan Foster and Rich Folkers. Danny Breeden went from the Padres to the Cardinals to subsequently complete the transactions. Brinkman appeared in 24 games with the Cardinals before being traded along with Tommy Moore to the Texas Rangers for Willie Davis on June 4, 1975.

Allen Foster (1946)- Foster was involved in a three-team deal on November 18, 1974 in which he was traded along with Sonny Siebert and Rich Folkers from the Cardinals to the Padres for Ed Brinkman who had been sent to San Diego with Bob Strampe and Dick Sharon from the Detroit Tigers for Nate Colbert. Danny Breeden went from the Padres to the Cardinals to subsequently complete the transactions.

Over his career, Foster won 48 games, lost 63, and had an earned run average of 3.74. In 217 games pitched, including 148 starts, he posted 26 complete games and six shutouts. He allowed 988 hits and 383 bases on balls, with 501 strikeouts, in 1,0251⁄3 innings pitched. His best campaign came in 1973 for the Cardinals, as he set a personal best with 13 victories in 22 decisions with a 3.14 ERA.

Tom McGraw (1967)is an American former relief pitcher who played for the St. Louis Cardinals during their 1997 season with no career record or ERA. 


  • Coonie Blanks 1971 (played in ONE major league game)
  • Red Worthington 1973
  • Bill Bolden 1966
  • Bert Niehoff 1974
  • Jose Uribe 2006
  • Tom Flanigan 2022