February 4 in Cardinals History

The Philadelphia Phillies sent Bob Miller to the Cardinals as part of a conditional deal in 1959.

The Milwaukee Brewers purchased Joe Nossek from the Cardinals in 1971.

In 2004, avoiding an arbitration hearing, the Cardinals and Albert Pujols (.359, 43, 124) agree to a $100 million, seven-year deal. The 24-year-old slugging first baseman/outfielder was the runner-up to Barry Bonds of the Giants in the National League’s MVP voting.


Rankin Johnson  1888 was a pitcher in Major League Baseball. His son, Rankin Johnson, Jr., was also a Major League pitcher. His grandfather was the Civil War military leader Stovepipe Johnson. Was with the Cardinals in 1918. 

George Bostic “Possum” Whited 1890   He was the first rookie in history to start at every position (except pitcher and catcher) during the season.

Eddie Ainsmith 1890 – He played fifteen seasons with the Washington Senators (1910–1918), Detroit Tigers (1919–1921), St. Louis Cardinals (1921–1923), Brooklyn Robins (1923), and New York Giants (1924). He batted and threw right-handed. In 1,078 career games, Ainsmith batted .232 with 707 hits and 317 runs batted in.After retiring as a player, Ainsmith worked as a minor league umpire, a baseball scout, and a manager in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

Stan Papi 1951 – was a shortstop that made his debut in Cardinals uniform on April 11, 1974.In his six major league seasons, Papi hit .218 with 7 home runs and 51 RBIs in 225 games.

Pat Perry  1959 -He pitched from 1985 to 1990 for the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers. He had a 12-10 record and a 3.46 ERA 

John Frascatore 1970  -He played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1994–95, 1997–98), Arizona Diamondbacks (1999) and Toronto Blue Jays (1999–2001). In 274 games, Frascatore compiled a 20–17 record with 206 strikeouts and a 4.00 ERA. In 1999 for the Toronto Blue Jays John tied a major league record by pitching in three consecutive days and recording three wins on those three days. He was known for his endurance and throughout his career was never on the disabled list. In 2003 Frascatore retired and went overseas to Taiwan to pitch where he recorded a 1.80 ERA and won the ERA award.


  • Frank Dwyer 1943
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