June 26 in Cardinals History

The Cardinals and Cubs played a doubleheader in 1917 and the Cardinals lost a home run in the 5th inning as Walton Cruise rounded the bases and missed second base and was called out. Fortunately for all involved, the Cardinals won the game 6-5.

(1968): Bob Gibson allowed 4 leadoff singles but not a single Pirate reached 2B as he recorded his 5th consecutive shutout w/a 3-0 CG win. Firing 7 Ks, Gibby dropped his ERA to 1.14. His scoreless inning streak improved to an unofficial 48.

In 1978, the Cardinals sent Mike Potter to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Jose Baez.

The Cardinals selected Willie Fraser off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays in 1991.

Cardinals released Dustin Hermanson in 2003.

In 2003, The St. Louis Cardinals traded Kevin Joseph to the Montreal Expos for Pat Collins (minors).

The St. Louis Cardinals, in 2006, released Will Cunnane.


Tracking Musial’s Home Run

1948- he hit #87 facing Hank Behrman of Brooklyn with a solo homer in the top of the 4th inning.

1953- Musial smacked two home runs in this game against Philadelphia with the first on in the 3rd inning (a 3-run home run) with the Cardinals leading 1-0 facing Steve Ridzik for career home run #225. In the 7th inning, he smacked #226 off Kent Patterson with the team leading 4-0 for a 2-run homer. 

1955- Johnny Antonelli of the Giants surrendered a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 5th for career #306.

1959- In Cincinnati, he hit two homers on this date with #404 off Don Newcombe in the 7th innings and #405 came in the 8th frame against pitcher Brooks Lawrence. 



GarmsDebs Debs Garms  (June 26, 1907 – December 16, 1984) played for the Cardinals in the final three season of his career (1942-1945). He hit .263 in 237 games in a Cardinals uniform. He is best known for breaking up the hitless streak of Johnny VanderMeer after his two no-hitters. Also, he was batting champion in 1940.



 Howie Pollett (June 26, 1921 – August 8, 1974)  He missed the 1944–45 seasons while serving in the United States Army Air Forces in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II. Pollet returned to baseball in 1946 and played a major role in the Redbirds’ National League pennant and the world title. In addition to topping the NL in earned-run average, he led the league in wins (21) (losing ten) and innings pitched (266). When the Cardinals finished in a tie for the pennant with the Brooklyn Dodgers at the close of the regular season, he was chosen by manager Eddie Dyer to start Game 1 of the best-of-three National League playoff on October 1.

Gene Green (June 26, 1933 – May 23, 1981) made his debut with the Cardinals on September 10, 1957. In his career, he hit .267 with 46 homers and drove in 160 runs.



Bob Gibson’s Complete Games

1968- The Cardinals won 3-0 over the Pirates as Gibson secured complete game #119 of his career with 9IP/4H/0ER/0BB/7K.

1970- Complete game #171 came in a 7-0 win over the Phillies with 9IP/4H/0ER/3BB/6K.

In 1971, he had a complete game loss against the Cubs with 9IP/9H/5ER/4BB/4K which was CG #194. 

The Cardinals won 4-3 in 1971 as Gibby got complete game #214 with 9IP/6H/2ER/3BB/7K.




Jakie May 1917

Bob Miller 1957



Joe Sugden 1959

Mike Kircher 1972

Jack Berly 1977

Jack Urban 2006