January 31 in Cardinals History

  • The Cincinnati Reds traded Jackie Collum to the Cardinals for Brooks Lawrence and Sonny Senerchia in 1956.



Steamboat Williams (1892) made his debut on July 12,1914 in a cardinals uniform and went 6-8 lifetime and finished his career i\with the same team in 1916. 

Stuffy Stewart (1894) – a second baseman that made his debut with the Cardinals  and the major leagues on September 3, 1916. He hit .238 for a career with one home run in 13 years. 

Tom Alston (1926) -first baseman who played for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1954 to 1957, the first African-American to do so. Alston was acquired by St. Louis via a trade with the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League, where he played in 180 games in 1953, on January 26, 1954, after team president Gussie Busch told manager Eddie Stanky to find a black player. Not only did Busch think excluding blacks from baseball was morally wrong, his company Anheuser–Busch, which had bought the team a year earlier to keep them from moving to Milwaukee, sold more beer to African-Americans than any other brewery, leading him to fear the effect of a boycott. Busch was, however, somewhat disappointed by Alston. When he reported to the Cardinals, the team learned he was two years older than the Padres had claimed. Busch demanded they return $20,000 the Cardinals had included with the trade to account for two seasons that Busch believed the team could not get from Alston.

Ted Power  (1955) – was with the Cardinals in 1989. He finished the season with a total of 12 major league games pitched and a 1–1 win–loss record, having given up 38 hits and 27 runs in 33.2 innings. Returning to the Reds in 1983, he played in 49 games and went 5–6. He pitched in 111 innings and allowed 62 runs on 120 hits.

Rafael Santana (1958) – traded to the St. Louis Cardinals on February 16, 1981 for a player to be named later. The Cardinals sent pitcher George Frazier to the Yankees in June to complete the deal. He made the Cardinals out of spring training in 1983, making his major league debut on April 5 at third base in the season opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 30 games, Santana had only three hits in fourteen at-bats for a .214 batting average to go along with two runs batted in.

Brad Thompson (1982) – debuted in 2005, he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 16th round of the 2002 amateur draft out of Dixie State College of Utah. He holds the AA single-season scoreless innings streak.[1] He made his major league debut on May 8, 2005. In his rookie season, he had 40 appearances and a 2.95 ERA in 55 innings pitched. On July 3, 2006, Thompson was sent down to the Cardinals’ AAA affiliate, the Memphis Redbirds.

In 2007, Thompson, who had been in and out of the Cardinals’ starting rotation, finished with an 8–6 record and a 4.73 ERA to go with 53 strikeouts. In 2008, he pitched 6.2 scoreless innings and picked up the win in his first start. He was then optioned to Memphis on April 23, 2008, then released on November 4, 2009.


  • Ed Taylor 1912
  • Lou Bierbauer 1926
  • Ed Phelps 1942
  • Fred Whitfield 2013