February 7 in Cardinals History

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Spike Shannon 1878 -Shannon was an outfielder over parts of five seasons (1904–1908) with the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates. He was the National League leader in runs scored in 1907, when he scored 104 runs for the Giants. For his career, he compiled a .259 batting average, 183 runs batted in, 383 runs scored, and 145 stolen bases. After his playing career, he was an umpire in the Federal League during 1914 and 1915 for a total of 177 games.

Ralph Citarella 1958 The right-hander was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1st round (12th pick) of the 1979 amateur draft (secondary phase), and he played for the Cardinals (1983–1984) and Chicago White Sox (1987).

On September 13, 1983, Citarella made his major league debut in relief at Three Rivers Stadium. He struck out the first batter he faced, catcher Tony Peña, in the 7th inning. In 1.2 innings that night he gave up one hit (a double to Johnny Ray) and one earned run, and the Cards lost, 6–0.

Citarella was successful in his two short stints with St. Louis, posting ERAs of 1.64 and 3.63, but didn’t fare as well with the White Sox in 1987. In five appearances, he gave up nine earned runs in eleven innings, including four home runs. He retired in 1988 due to being bounced around in the minors.

In 3 seasons he appeared in a total of 21 games and had a 0–1 record, 2 starts, 0 complete games, and 6 games finished. In 44.1 innings pitched he gave up 20 earned runs for an ERA of 4.06, and had a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 2-to-1. (28 strikeouts and 14 walks)

Citarella made his first ever MLB start on June 23, 1984, a nationally televised NBC Game of the Week at Wrigley Field versus the Chicago Cubs. The high- scoring extra inning affair came to be known as “The Sandberg Game,’ who homered twice to tie the game late against Bruce Sutter.

Bien Figuero 1964 – Bien spent 1986 through 1991 in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league affiliates before making his major league debut on May 17, 1992. His last MLB appearance was on October 4, 1992, and spent 1993 and 1994 in the minor leagues with the Cardinals and Montreal Expos organizations

Dan Quisenberry 1953 – was an American right-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played primarily for the Kansas City Royals. Notable for his submarine-style pitching delivery and his humorous quotes, he led the American League in saves a record five times (1980, 1982–85). Quisenberry retired in 1990 with 244 saves, then the fifth-highest total in major league history.


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