January 11 in Cardinals History

January 11th in Cardinals History

  • In 1955, the Cardinals trade P Ben Wade to the Pittsburgh Pirates for P Paul LaPalme.
  • The Cardinals traded Alex Johnson in 1968 to the Cincinnati Reds for Dick Simpson.
  • Major League owners approve one of the game’s most controversial rules: the designated hitter in 1973.
  • In 2010-Mark McGwire, who broke Roger Maris’ single-season home run record in 1998, apologizes for his decade-long on-and-off use of performance-enhancing substances that started prior to the 1990 season. The former St. Louis and Oakland slugger, recently hired to be the Cardinals hitting coach, had been in a self-imposed exile since repeatedly telling a congressional committee in 2005, “I’m not here to talk about the past,” a remark which seriously hurt his popularity and irrevocably damaged his reputation.



  • Skipper Roberts 1886 – a catcher that played in 82 career games. He made his MLB debut
    June 12, 1913, for the St. Louis Cardinals.
  • Cody McKay 1974 – primarily a catcher that finished his career with the Cardinals. His dad was a  first base coach under Mgr. La Russa. Cody’s final game was on October 2, 2004. He was implicated in the Mitchell Report on the use of banned substance. Had a .247 lifetime batting average.



  • Walt Goldsby (1914)
  • Joe Sprinz (1994)
  • Stu Martin (1997)