January 12 in Cardinals History

  • The California Angels traded William Rothan (minors) to the St. Louis Cardinals for Dick Sharon in 1968.
  • In 1999, setting an all-time record, the 70th home run ball hit by Cardinal slugger Mark McGwire is purchased at an auction by an anonymous buyer for $3 million. The price tag surpasses the previous record amount of $126,500 which was spent last year to obtain a home run ball hit by Babe Ruth.



  • Ed Murphy 1877 – Pitcher that played for Phillies and Cardinals and finished with a 25-25 lifetime record.
  • Jack Knight 1895-pitching in 72 games for the St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Braves.and finished with a 10-18 record along with a 6.85 ERA/
  • George Kernek 1940– In 1965, the Redbirds traded their veteran All-Star first baseman, Bill White, to the Philadelphia Phillies, opening up his position for competition among younger players like the 26-year-old Kernek. He was St. Louis’ Opening Day first baseman (against White’s Phillies and went on to start 14 more games for the Cardinals through May 1. But despite two three-hit games, he was hitting only .239 with one extra-base hit when he lost his starting job. A week later, future Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman Orlando Cepeda was acquired from the San Francisco Giants. That same day, Kernek struck out as a pinch hitter against the Giants’ Lindy McDaniel. It was his last MLB appearance.
  • Tim Hulett 1960 – he played for the Cardinals as a third basemen in 1995. His final game was on May 14th.


  • Harry Staley 1910
  • Joe McCarthy 1937
  • Tex Carleton 1977
  • Eddie Solomon 1986
  • Ted Savage 2023