January 30 in Cardinals History



Former Cardinals Owner and First Female Owner in Major League Baseball Helene Hathaway Britton was born on this date in 1879.


Wiley Dunham (1877) –He was a pitcher for one season (1902) with the St. Louis Cardinals. For his career, he compiled a 2–3 record, with a 5.68 earned run average, and 13 strikeouts in 38 innings pitched.

Brooks Lawrence (1935) –Lawrence’s Major League debut came in 1954.[2] As a 29-year-old rookie, Lawrence went 15–6 with a 3.74 ERA while starting and relieving for the St. Louis Cardinals. He struggled in 1955 and was demoted to Oakland (in the Pacific Coast League)] but he went 5–1 down the stretch and earned a second chance with the big-league club.

Lawrence’s best season came in 1956. Before that year, St. Louis sent Lawrence and Sonny Senerchia to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Jackie Collum. Lawrence’s career came to a close in 1960, and he retired with an overall record of 69–62 with a 4.25 ERA in 1,040+2⁄3 innings pitched.

Bill Earley (1956) -In 1986, Earley led the Redbirds with 15 saves (second in the league) in 52 pitching appearances (third in the league), while topping the league with 42 games finished. Overall, his 15 saves were the most by a Cardinal AAA pitcher since Mike Proly, who saved 17 games in 1975

Keith Butler (1989) –The Cardinals selected Butler in the 24th round of the 2009 MLB draft, the 729th overall selection. Among future Cardinal teammates also taken in the 2009 draft were Trevor Rosenthal, Matt Adams and Matt Carpenter.He split time his first season between the Gulf Coast League Cardinals and the Johnson City Cardinals of the Appalachian League, posting a combined 1–1 record for the season with an ERA of 2.08 and 38 strikeouts over 30 1/3 innings.


John Rooney (1954) – Cardinals radio announcer


  • John Wood (1929)
  • Coaker Triplett (1992)
  • Max Lanier (2007)