January 3 in Cardinals History

Trades and Transactions

  • The Cardinals purchased Larry McLean from the Cincinnati Reds in 1913.
  • In 1933, the Cardinals purchased Lance Richbourg from the Cincinnati Reds.
  • The Detroit Tigers purchased Jerry DaVanon in 1975 from the Cardinals.
  • General Manager Frank Lane begins a process in 1956 to remove the birds on the bat logo from the uniform. This incenses the fans and it lasts for only one season.


Ray Brashear (1894) -played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1902–1903 for the St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies. His brother, Kitty Brashear, also played in the Majors. Had a .283 lifetime batting average.

Buck Hopkins (1883) -he played fifteen games for the St. Louis Cardinals with a .183 BA in 1907. Hopkins’ minor league baseball career spanned fifteen seasons, between 1906 and 1920

Roland Howell (1892) -as a pitcher in Major League Baseball. He played for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1912 and played in 3 games. 

Frenchy Bordagaray 1910 – played for Cardinals in 1934-1935 and he had a .283 batting average with 14 home runs and 270 runs batted in over 930 major league games for his career.

Ed Sauer (1919) -An outfielder, he appeared in 189 Major League games in 1943–1945 and in 1949 for the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Braves. 

Virgil Stallcup (1922) -From 1948 to 1951, Stallcup was Cincinnati’s starting shortstop, but he never batted higher than .254; he twice hit eight home runs in a season. During the 1951 season, he was platooned with 21-year-old Roy McMillan, though he still saw the majority of the action at shortstop. However, the following season, McMillan became the everyday shortstop. Stallcup was traded along with Dick Sisler from the Reds to the St. Louis Cardinals for Wally Westlake and Eddie Kazak on May 13, 1952.[ He ended his MLB career as a utility infielder. Overall, Stallcup batted .241 with 22 home runs in 587 games.

Jim Dwyer (1950) With the Cardinals in 1977-1978.For his career, Dwyer was a .260 hitter (719-for-2761) with 77 home runs and 349 RBI in 1328 games, including 409 runs, 115 doubles, 17 triples, 26 stolen bases, and a .353 on-base percentage. In four postseason games he hit .333 (4-for-12), including one home run, two doubles, four runs, and one RBI.

Randy Hunt (1960) -He was selected in the Major League Baseball draft after each of his three college seasons and finally signed with the St. Louis Cardinals, who selected him in 1981 after his first season at Alabama. Hunt began to develop a drinking problem toward the end of the 1982 season but eventually won “a six-month bout with alcoholism” in 1983 after seeking help for himself, at which point he began advancing through the minor league system. In June 1985, following an injury to catcher Darrell Porter, Hunt was called up to the Cardinals.On June 4, he recorded a hit in his first Major League at bat He had three hits in 19 at-bats in a total of 14 games. He moved to the Montreal Expos in the 1986 season. Hunt played in 21 games in 1986, with ten hits in 48 at-bats. In a two-season career, he had a batting average of .194, with two career home runs and six RBI

Howard Hilton (1964) -appeared in two games with the St. Louis Cardinals at the start of the 1990 season with no record. 

Mike Crudale (1977) -Selected by the Cardinals in the 24th round of the 1999 amateur entry draft, Crudale played his first professional season with their Rookie League team, the Johnson City Cardinals in 1999. After moving up the Cardinals chain, Crudale made the big club out of spring training in 2002 and pitched well, with a 3–0 mark and a 1.88 ERA out of the bullpen (plus one start). Crudale spent most of the 2003 season at AAA Memphis, however, and was dealt in August to Milwaukee, who released him in spring training in 2004. Dogged by injuries, he pitched poorly for minor-league teams in the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants minor league systems later that season, ending his affiliated baseball career. (Ironically, his major league ERA was an excellent 2.09, less than half of his minor-league mark of 4.38.)


  • Mike Mahoney (1940)
  • Taylor Duncan (2004)
  • Leon Wagner (2004)


Hall of Famers Luke Appling (1991) an Bid McPhee (1943) died in this date.