June 15 in Cardinals History

NOTE: MLB’s trade deadline was first established in 1920 because American League owners feared and envied the New York Yankees’ financial might in the wake of their purchase of Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox. In 1923, amid further pressure to combat the resources of the New York teams, the league set the trade deadline at June 15. It stayed on that date until 1986, when it moved to July 31 as part of a collective bargaining agreement.

Tracking Musial’s Home Runs

1957- Stan hit #365 with a solo home run facing Roger Craig in the 6th inning. 


Numerous Trade Deadline Deals

1931– The St. Louis Cardinals traded Taylor Douthit to the Cincinnati Reds for Wally Roettger

1934– The St. Louis Cardinals traded Kiddo Davis to the Philadelphia Phillies for Chick Fullis

1944– The Cincinnati Reds purchased Harry Gumbert from the St. Louis Cardinals

1949- The Pittsburgh Pirates purchased Ed Sauer from the St. Louis Cardinals

1951– The Pittsburgh Pirates traded Cliff Chambers and Wally Westlake to the St. Louis Cardinals for Dick Cole, Joe Garagiola, Bill Howerton, Howie Pollet and Ted Wilks

1953- The St. Louis Cardinals purchased Sal Yvars from the New York Giants for $12,500

1957– Red Schoendienst, who was unexpectedly traded to the Giants last season by Cardinals GM Frank Lane, is dealt a year and a day later by New York to Milwaukee for Ray Crone, Danny O’Connell and Bobby Thomson. The nine-time All-Star, who hit .301 during his two partial seasons in the Big Apple, will play a key role in the Braves’ World Championship, leading the league with 200 hits and finishing third in the NL MVP balloting.

1958– Identical twins are split up by the Pirates when Eddie O’Brien stays with Pittsburgh, but his brother Johnny, along with third baseman Gene Freese, is traded to the Cardinals for infielder Dick Schofield.

1959– The St. Louis Cardinals traded Chuck Essegian and Lloyd Merritt to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Dick Gray

1960– The St. Louis Cardinals traded Duke Carmel and Jim Donohue to the Los Angeles Dodgers for John Glenn.

1960– The Chicago Cubs traded Walt Moryn to the St. Louis Cardinals for Jim McKnight.

1961– The Pittsburgh Pirates purchased Walt Moryn from the St. Louis Cardinals.

1963– The Milwaukee Braves traded Lew Burdette to the St. Louis Cardinals for Gene Oliver and Bob Sadowski

1964- The Chicago Cubs traded Lou Brock, Jack Spring and Paul Toth to the St. Louis Cardinals for Ernie Broglio, Doug Clemens and Bobby Shantz

1965– The Houston Astros traded Chuck Taylor and Hal Woodeshick to the St. Louis Cardinals for Mike Cuellar and Ron Taylor

1968– The Houston Astros traded Ron Davis to the St. Louis Cardinals for Hal Gilson and Dick Simpson

1970– The St. Louis Cardinals purchased Bobby Etheridge from the San Diego Padres

1970- The San Diego Padres purchased Ron Willis from the St. Louis Cardinals

1971– The Montreal Expos traded Bob Reynolds to the St. Louis Cardinals for Mike Torrez

1973– The St. Louis Cardinals purchased Orlando Pena from the Baltimore Orioles

1976– The Los Angeles Dodgers traded Freddie Tisdale (minors), Bob Detherage and Joe Ferguson to the St. Louis Cardinals for Reggie Smith

1977– The St. Louis Cardinals traded Doug Capilla to the Cincinnati Reds for Rawly Eastwick

1977– The St. Louis Cardinals traded Bake McBride and Steve Waterbury to the Philadelphia Phillies for Rick Bosetti, Dane Iorg and Tom Underwood.

1977– The New York Mets traded Mike Phillips to the St. Louis Cardinals for Joel Youngblood

1983– The Cardinals trade former MVP Keith Hernandez to the Mets for a pair of right-handed hurlers, Neil Allen, and Rick Ownbey. The righties will compile a 21-22 record for the Redbirds, and the Gold Glove first baseman will spend seven seasons in New York, batting .297, playing an instrumental role in the club’s World Championship in 1986.

1984–  The Atlanta Braves traded Ken Dayley and Mike Jorgensen to the St. Louis Cardinals for Ken Oberkfell

1986– The trade deadline is changed from June 15th to July 31st

1996– The St. Louis Cardinals traded Pat Borders to the California Angels for Ben VanRyn

2001– The St. Louis Cardinals purchased Josh Kinney from River City (Frontier)

2004– The New York Yankees sent Nerio Rodriguez to the St. Louis Cardinals as part of a conditional deal


Bob Gibson’s Complete Games

1966- Gibby went 9IP/3H/0ER/2BB/7K to defeat the Phillies 1-0 for CG # 88. 

It was in 1968 when Gibson got complete game # 117 when he beat the Reds 2-0 with 9IP/4H/0ER/0BB/13K

In 1969, he defeated Houston 5-3 with 9IP/8H/3ER/3BB/9K for complete game #146.


Did You Know?

Trailing 11-0 after three innings, the Cardinals, in 1952, overcome the double-digit deficit to defeat the Giants at the Polo Grounds, 14-12. The Redbirds score seven runs in the top of the fifth and another seven in the last three frames of the game to accomplish the biggest rally in National League history. (up to that time)


Lou North  (June 15, 1891 – May 15, 1974) played for the Cardinals in 1917 then went off to World War 1. He came back and played from 1920-1924. His career mark is 21-16 with a 4.43 ERA and he fanned 199 batters. 

Ben Flowers  (June 15, 1927 – February 18, 2009) was a member of the Cardinals in 1955-1956 where he was 2-1 with a 4.67 ERA in 7 games. On May 11, 1956, he was traded by the St. Louis Cardinals with Harvey Haddix and Stu Miller to the Philadelphia Phillies for Murry Dickson and Herm Wehmeier.



Boots Day 1969



Tim Flood 1929

Billy Muffett 2008