July 12 in Cardinals History

  • The Cardinals and Cubs set a major league record in a doubleheader by combining for 32 doubles in 1931. 
  • In the 1955 All-Star game being held in Milwaukee, Stan Musial leads off the 12th inning with a home run after having a conversation with the AL catcher Yogi Berra. Berra complains about his feet hurting, ‘The Man’ tells him, “Don’t worry, I’ll have you home in a minute”, then promptly hits a game-winning home run off Frank Sullivan on the next pitch.

  • The All-Star game in 1966 was held in St. Louis and the National League won 2-1 in 10 innings.
  • Joe Nossek goes to the Cardinals and Bob Johnson heads to Oakland in a 1969 trade.
  • Mark McGwire, in 1998,  becomes the second player to hit 40 home runs in both leagues. The Cardinals’ first baseman, who accomplished the feat three times with the A’s, joins Darrell Evans, who hit 41 with the Braves (1973) and 40 with the Tigers (1985)
  • The Cincinnati Reds purchased Gerald Williams from the St. Louis Cardinals in 2002. 



  • Roy Golden 1888
  • Lee Meadows 1894
  • Dave Ricketts 1935
  • Ron Fairly 1938
  • Ron Willis 1943
  • Scipio Spinks 1947
  • Chasen Shreve 1990


  • Steamboat Williams 1914   (2IP/2H/2ER/4BB/1K)   Boxscore
  • Ed Crosby 1970   (0-for-2)  Boxscore


  • Dan McGeehan 1955
  • Howard Hilton 2011


Tracking Musial’s Home Runs

In 1956, he hit career homer #340 facing the NYGiants and Ruben Gomez with a 2-run home run in the bottom of the 1st.

#373 came in 1957 when he hit another off Ruben Gomez with a 1st inning solo shot.

Bob Gibson’s Complete Games

In 1968 Gibby pitched complete game #122 of his career with an 8-1 win over the Astros with 9IP/3H/1ER/0BB/8K.

He got #217 with a 7-0 win facing the Braves in 1972 with 9IP/6H/0ER/2BB/6K.

WOW (Walk-off Winner)

It happened in 2003 with the game tied 7-7 in the 11th inning facing the Padres and JD Drew led off with a walk. Matt Herges of the San Diego Padres was on the mound facing Albert Pujols. On a 2-2 count, Albert crushed a long fly ball for a home run and a 9-7 win. WOW.

In Other Baseball History

1949- The major league owners agree to install warning tracks made of cinder in front of outfield fences prior to the start of next season.

1966 – St. Louis hosts a hot midsummer All-Star classic. Maury Wills’ 10th-inning single scores Tim McCarver, as the National League wins, 2 – 1, in 105-degree heat. Brooks Robinson’s stellar game (3 hits, eight chances) earns him the game MVP award. Asked about the new ballpark, Casey Stengel remarks, “it holds the heat well.” On-field temperature is 113 degrees.