January 4 in Cardinals History

  • In 1942, Rogers Hornsby is elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He played for the Cardinals from 1915-1926 and in 1933.
  • Due to World War II, Commissioner Landis, in 1943, mandates clubs to conduct spring training close to home. With the exception of the Cardinals and the Browns, who may stay in-state and train in Missouri, big league teams are told all camps must operate north of the Potomac and Ohio rivers and be located east of the Mississippi River.
  • In 2002, The Cardinals announced the team has agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal with starting pitcher Matt Morris. The 27-year-old right-hander, who missed all of the 1999 season due to elbow surgery, finished third in the Cy Young Award balloting this year after going 22-8 with a 3.16 ERA.


Trading History on this Date

  • The Cardinals purchased Patsy Donovan from the Pittsburgh Pirates for $1,000 in 1900.
  • The Cardinals, in 1935, purchased Don Hurst from the Chicago Cubs.



Eddie Zimmerman (1883) -He played in two seasons in Major League Baseball, for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1906 and the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1911 and hit .186.

Herman Franks (1914) -he was acquired by the St. Louis Cardinals and joined their vast farm system. He made the Cardinals for just 17 games and 17 at-bats in 1939, before being drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers, where he served as a second-string catcher in 1940–41 and began his long association with Leo Durocher, then Brooklyn’s manager. As a Dodger, Franks caught Tex Carleton’s no-hitter on April 30, 1940.

Ken Reynolds (1947) -The left-handed pitcher appeared in 103 games for the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Padres of the National League, and the Milwaukee Brewers, then members of the American League. He began his career as a starting pitcher and ended as a reliever. His MLB appearances were almost evenly split between starting (51) and bullpen assignments. Finished 7-29 for career. 


  • Roger Connor (HOF) 1931
  • Estel Crabtree 1967
  • Harry Gumbert 1995
  • Stu Miller 2015