June 23 in Cardinals History

Looking Back

In 1998, the Cardinals and Pirates ended their game with a 5-5 tie in the 14th inning due to a 1 am curfew in Pittsburgh. In that game, Marty Marion was 4-for-7, Ray Sanders went 3-for-6, and Emil Verban had 3 hits. 


The Boston Braves purchased Flint Rhem from the St. Louis Cardinals in 1934.

Also in 1934, the Cardinals beat the Dodgers, 5 – 4, with the win credited to Bill Hallahan, who relieves in the 6th inning and gives up a run. In the bottom half, the Cardinals score five runs, and Dizzy Dean comes in and shuts out Brooklyn in the last three innings. The official scorer refers the decision on the winning pitcher to National League president John Heydler, who gives it to Dean, eventually making his 30-win season possible. Heydler’s telegram reads in part: “Dean pitched great ball during three innings to protect a one-run lead and is the winner. Hallahan pitched one inning rather poorly and did not stand to lose the game even had he continued.”

Harvey Haddix of the Cardinals yields a run to the Pirates after 37 scoreless innings, winning, 7 – 1 in 1954.

The Milwaukee Brewers traded Sam Meijas to the St. Louis Cardinals for Danny Frisella in 1976

The St. Louis Cardinals, in 1978,  selected Roy Thomas off waivers from the Houston Astros.

Check out this game in 1984. In a game that will be best remembered for Ryne Sandberg’s two late-inning game-tying home runs, Willie McGee hits for the cycle in St. Louis’ 12-11 loss in 11 innings to the Cubs. With his triple in the second inning, a fourth frame single, a sixth-inning home run, and a RBI double in the tenth, the Cardinals center fielder drives in six runs in the Wrigley Field contest.

The Texas Rangers sent Bobby Witt, in 1998, to the St. Louis Cardinals as part of a conditional deal.

The St. Louis Cardinals signed Bo Hart as a free agent, in 2006 and release John Riedling. Also, the Cardinals sent Rich Rundles to the New York Mets as part of a conditional deal.

In 2012 the Cardinals released Aaron Bates.


Tracking Musial’s Home Runs

Stan hit a 3-run home run off Billy O’Dell of the SFGiants in 1961 for career homer #437.

Another came in that game in 1961 with career #438 facing Bobby Bolin in the bottom of the 7th with a Grand Slam. 



Jack Smith (June 23, 1895- May 2, 1972) played outfield for the Cardinals for 12 seasons. He made his debut on September 30.1915 and went 1-for-4 in the game. In his Cardinals career, he played in 1111 games and got 1,067 hits with a .284 batting average. 

Bill Cox (June 23, 1913 – February 16, 1988)  A lefty pitcher from Ashmore, Illinois that had a 2-9 career record.and a 6.46 ERA.  He played for the Cardinal in 1936. 


Bob Gibson’s Complete Games

1962- Gibson notched complete game #21 of his career in a 9-1 win over the Phillies with 9IP/6H/1ER/0BB/6K 

He beat Houston 2-1 for CG #90 in 1966 9IP/4H/0ER/2BB/4K.


Walk-Off Wins (WOW)- The Cardinals have three on this date which was in 1886, 2000, and 2001.



  • Bob Harmon 1909
  • Craig Anderson 1961
  • Floyd Wicker 1968
  • Mike Fitzgerald 1988
  • Lars Nootbar 2021


Tom Long 1972

Lon Warneke 1976