January 21 in Cardinals History

  • 1919- The Cardinals traded Doug Baird, Gene Packard and Stuffy Stewart to the Philadelphia Phillies for Dixie Davis, Pickles Dillhoefer and Milt Stock.
  • Frankie Frisch is elected to the Hall of Fame in 1947.
  • Cardinal legend Dizzy Dean and outfielder Al Simmons, best known for his years with the A’s, are elected to the Hall of Fame in 1953, but Joe DiMaggio in his first year of eligibility is not. The Yankee Clipper will have to wait until 1955 when 88.8% of the BBWAA scribes put his name on their ballot.
  • In 1960, Stan Musial is unhappy with the season he had last year and asks for a $20,000 pay cut. The Cardinals grant him his wish.
  • In his first year of eligibility, which is 1969, Cardinal legend Stan Musial is elected into the Hall of Fame receiving 93% of the writers’ votes. The BBWAA also selects Roy Campanella, the former Dodger catcher who won three National League MVPs before he was permanently disabled in a car accident just prior to the start of spring training in 1958.
    Yadier Molina (.275, 6, 40) agrees to a $15.5 million, four-year deal to remain with the Cardinals in 2008. The Redbirds catcher, best known for his defensive prowess, nailed 23 of 46 base runners trying to steal a base in 2007.
  • 2011- Nick Punto signed as a free agent.


Blix Donnelly 1914 -Donnelly was promoted to the Major Leagues and the St. Louis Cardinals as a 30-year-old rookie in 1944. In 27 games, four as a starting pitcher, he posted a career-best 2.12 earned run average (ERA), won two of three decisions, and collected four saves as the Redbirds won their third successive National League (NL) championship.

Bob Reynolds 1947 – Reynolds was nicknamed “Bullet” as he could throw a baseball over 100 mph. He spent part of the 1971 season with the Cardinals and finished with a carer record of 14-16.

Bill Stein 1947 -He made his debut in Major League Baseball (MLB) on September 6, 1972, against the Philadelphia Phillies.[7] He got his first hit in that game, which was a home run in the ninth inning.[7][8] He played 14 games in the majors that year, batting .314 with two runs scored, 11 hits, one triple, two home runs, and three RBIs. Defensively in the majors, he was positioned at third base, left field, and right field.

Jose Uribe 1959 – He was signed by the New York Yankees in 1977, but was released shortly afterwards without even having played a minor league game with the club. He eventually signed with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1980, and after four seasons in their farm system, received a September call-up in 1984. In eight games with the Cards, Uribe batted .211 with three runs batted in and four runs scored.

Tom Urbani 1969 -The St. Louis Cardinals selected Urbani in the 13th round of the 1990 MLB draft. He signed with the Cardinals, receiving a $1,000 signing bonus, and began his professional career with the Johnson City Cardinals of the Rookie-level Appalachian League. In August, he pitched for the Hamilton Redbirds of the Class A-Short Season New York-Penn League. Urbani began the 1991 season with the Springfield Cardinals of the Class A Midwest League and was promoted to the St. Petersburg Cardinals of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League during the season. Urbani began the 1992 season with the Arkansas Travelers of the Class AA Texas League[ and was promoted to the Louisville Redbirds of the Class AAA International League during the season. He returned to Louisville for the start of the 1993 season after he was the last pitcher cut by the Cardinals during spring training

The Cardinals promoted Urbani to the major leagues on April 21, 1993, when René Arocha needed surgery for a broken finger. Urbani made his major league debut with the Cardinals that day. The Cardinals shuttled Urbani back and forth between St. Louis and Louisville, promoting him to the major leagues four times during the 1993 season. The Cardinals transitioned Urbani from a starting pitcher to a relief pitcher for the 1994 season.[3] Urbani underwent surgery after the 1995 season to repair a damaged rotator cuff. Urbani started the 1996 season with St. Louis, but struggled to a 7.71 ERA and was demoted to Louisville. On June 7, 1996, the Cardinals traded Urbani and Miguel Inzunza to the Detroit Tigers for Micah Franklin and Brian Maxcy.The Tigers released Urbani after the 1996 season

Alan Benes 1972 – He began his major league career in 1995, pitching in three games for the Cardinals. His highlight years included the 1996 and 1997 seasons with the Cardinals, when he won a combined 22 games and struck out 291 batters over 353 innings. His performance during the 1996 season helped the Cardinals reach the playoffs for the first time since 1987. During the 1996 post-season, Alan posted an 0–1 record with a 2.84 ERA.

In 1997, batters hit only .219 against him, and Benes had 160 strikeouts in 161.2 innings. His 2.89 ERA would have placed him tied for the sixth-best ERA than year, but he fell just 1⁄3 of an inning short of the 162 required innings when he had a shoulder injury that ended his season in late July. At the time of this injury he ranked third in the league in strikeouts


  • Dick Terwilliger 1969
  • Johnny Blatnik  2014
  • Cliff Chambers 2012