May 11 in Cardinals History

Cardinals History


The  Cardinals, in 1928, traded Spud Davis, Don Hurst and Homer Peel to the Philadelphia Phillies for Art Decatur, Bill Kelly and Jimmie Wilson.

The Cardinals and Phillies make a trade that is all about pitching. Harvey Haddix, Stu Miller and Ben Flowers along with infielder Solly Hemus leave the Cardinals and go to the Phillies in exchange for Murry Dickson, Herman Wehmeier and Bobby Morgan in 1956.

The Cardinals purchased Grady Hatton from the Boston Red Sox in 1956.

The Astros purchased Jay Schlueter from the Cardinals in 1974.

In 2001, Rick Ankiel (1-2, 7.13) threw five wild pitches to the backstop, the Cardinals send the promising young fireballer to Triple-A Memphis to work on overcoming his unexplainable lack of control. The lefthander has walked 25 batters in 24 innings this season.

In 2003, the Cardinals were at Wrigley Field and a 23-MPH wind was blowing out to right field. In the bottom of the first, Moises Alou of the Cubs hit a 2-run homer off Brett Tomko to centerfield. In the top of the second, Albert Pujols hit a grand slam to leftfield off Matt Clement. Corey Patterson led off the bottom of the second with a homer to rightfield. In the top of the third, Tino Martinez hit a solo homer to leftfield. Troy O’Leary hit a 2-run homer to leftfield in the bottom of the third. In the top of the fourth, Martinez homered for the second time in the game. This time it went to rightfield and scored 3 runs. In the bottom half of the fourth, Alex Gonzalez hit a 2-run homer to leftfield. He was the last batter faced by Tomko. The game was rained out in the top of the fifth inning. The final count in this day’s barrage: seven home runs and a score of 11-9 St. Louis ahead all lost to the weather.



475 Career Home Runs

Musial hits four home runs on this date in Cardinals History. On May 11, 1955, the game was tied 2-2 facing Robin Roberts and the Phillies. In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Musial hits his 6th homer of the season along with #298 of his career.
On May 11, 1957, the Cardinals are at home taking on the Milwaukee Braves. They have their ace on the mound in Warren Spahn. The Cardinals tail 5-2 in the bottom of the 5th inning and Musial hit s 2-run home run (Al Dark on base) for his 3rd of the season and #355 in his career.
The Cardinals are facing the Chicago Cubs at home in a doubleheader at Wrigley Field on May 11, 1958. In game one, with no score in the 1st inning, Stan hits a 2-run homer (Don Blasingame on base) to catapult the Cardinals into the lead. It was Musial’s 386th homer of his career and the 5th for the season.
In his final season (1963) Musial hits the 466th home run of his career (3rd of the season) on May 11th off  Vern Law of the Pittsburgh Pirates. It is the top of the 2nd inning and the Cardinals already lead 1-0 in the game when the solo homer happened.


Gibby’s Complete Games

May 11, 1965- Facing the New York Mets, Bob Gibson hurls a complete game 4-3 win by allowing ten hits, 3 earned runs, 6 walks, and fans 9 in nine innings on the hill. It is the 62nd complete game of his career.




 Jimmy Whelan (May 11, 1890 – November 29, 1929) played in one game as a pinch hitter and didn’t get a hit on April 24, 1913.

 Mel Wright (May 11, 1928 – May 16, 1983) was with the Yankees in the minor leagues and was one of several traded to the Cardinals on April 11, 1954, for Enos Slaughter. Wright made his debut on April 17, 1954, and went 2-4 for his career with a 7.51 ERA.

Fanok-Harry Harry Fanok (1940) made his debut April 16, 1963, with the Cardinals and played his last game just over a year late on May 3, 1964. In his career he struck out 35 batters in 33.1 major league innings, allowing 29 hits and 24 walks.



IorgDane Dane Iorg (1950) played eight seasons for the Cardinals from 1977-1984. He finished with a .276 batting average and 14 home runs along with 216 RBI’s. He was replaced by Willie McGee as a starter in 1982.




Bobby Witt (1964) is a pitcher that played for the Cardinals in 1998. He was 2-5 with a 4.94 ERA in one season wearing a Cardinals uniform.




CLittlejohnCarlislearlisle Littlejohn 1927- He had a 5-2 career record in two seasons with a 4.14 ERA in 26 career games.






Lynn King 1972

Oscar Horstmann 1977

Johnnie Chambers 1977

Bud Teachout 1985