June 21 in Cardinals History

Looking Back 50 yrs

June 21, 1969– The game was at Shea Stadium with the Cardinals (32-33) putting Nelson Briles on the mound to face the (34-28) New York Mets. There were 29,628 fans at the game and it lasted 2hrs 16min with the Cardinals winning the contest 5-3, The only Mets player with more than one hit was Art Shamsky as he smacked his 4th homer of the season. The Cardinals saw Brock, Flood, Javier, Shannon, and Briles all collect two hits. Briles and Javier each homered and Brock stole his 28th base of the season. Briles improved his record improve to 6-5 with 9IP/4H/3ER/3BB/7K. 


The Cardinals purchased Jimmy Ripple from the Cincinnati Reds in 1941.

The Cardinals signed Bob Miller in 1957 as an amateur free agent (bonus baby).


ON THIS DATE in 1957

Von McDaniel (April 18, 1939 – August 20, 1995) was a right-handed pitcher and a rookie sensation at age 18 when, just days out of high school, he pitched a complete game, two-hit shutout for the St. Louis Cardinals in his first Major League (MLB) start against the defending National League champion Brooklyn Dodgers on June 21, 1957.


The Milwaukee Braves traded Howie Bedell to the Cardinals for Bobby Tiefenauer in 1963.

1972- The St. Louis Cardinals purchased Keith Lampard from the Houston Astros.

The San Diego Padres traded Rafael Robles to the Cardinals in 1972 for Bob Chlupsa and Mike Fiore.  Fiore returned to the original team on July 3, 1972.

1974-  The Philadelphia Phillies purchased Pete Richert from the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cardinals traded Seth Davidson to the Minnesota Twins for Warren Morris in 2002.

Tony La Russa gets his 2,500th victory as a manager in 2009 when the Cardinals defeat Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium, 12-5


Tracking Musial’s Home Runs

  • 1942- Stan hit his 7th career home run with a solo homer in the 7th inning facing Les Webber of Brooklyn.
  • 1947- Ken Trickle of the NYG allowed career #59 with a 3-run home run in the bottom of the 7th.
  • In 1953, it was home run #283 of Musial’s career in the 1st inning facing Murry Dickson of Pittsburgh.
  • In 1956, Musial hit two home runs in this game with both facing Don Newcombe and each was a 2-run homer for career home runs #336/#337.


 GilbertBilly Billy Gilbert  (June 21, 1876 – August 8, 1927) was known for his glove and not his bat as he batted .247 with 237 runs batted in for his career. His last game was on June 27, 1909. 




Billy Gilbert 1876

Randy Moore  (June 21, 1906 – June 12, 1992)  played in 8 games with seven at-bats. He didn’t get a hit in a Cardinals uniform despite a career .278 average. 

Jackie Collum (June 21, 1927 – August 29, 2009) made his debut with the Cardinals on September 21, 1951. He ended his career with a 32-28 record and a 4.15 ERA. 

Rick Sutcliffe (1956) finished his 18-yr career with the Cardinals. He wound up his career with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1994, going 6-4 in an injury-plagued season. He retired with a career record of 171–139, with an ERA of 4.08. He holds the unique distinction of having won each of the following league awards, once each, and each in a different season: Rookie of the Year (1979), Cy Young Award (1984), ERA leader (1982), and wins leader (1987).

Donovan Osborne (1969) made his debut on April 9, 1992, and pitched in and out of the rotation due to arm issues. He was the Cardinals’ Opening Day starter in 1999, and he consistently produced season ERAs below four despite recurring battles with injury. 

Chris Roycroft – 1997

Bob Gibson’s Complete Games

In 1970, Gibson pitched career #170 complete game with 9IP/7H/2ER/1BB/6K and a 3-2 win over the Cubs. 

Gibby defeated Montreal 4-3 and garnered complete game #235 of his career 9IP/8H/2ER/2BB/6K in 1973.



Charlie Pickett 1910

Tom Murchison 1917

Dutch Distel 1918

Reuben Ewing 1921



  • Monte Cross 1934
  • Ambrose Puttmann 1936



In 1971, Cesar “Coco” Gutierrez becomes the first modern day player to go 7-for-7 in a game.