May 30 in Cardinals History

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In 1901, In the afternoon game of a holiday doubleheader, the St. Louis Cardinals defeat the New York Giants 6-5 in 10 innings. An NL record 28,500 fans attend the game.

In 1922, traded between games of a doubleheader, Cliff Heathcote and Max Flack exchange their Cardinal and Cub uniforms, respectively. The pair will both get hits for their new teams in the nightcap.

 Between games of a doubleheader in 1925 against the Pittsburgh at Forbes Field, second baseman Rogers Hornsby, who will continue to be an active player, replaces Branch Rickey as the manager of the Cardinals. Rickey will remain in his role as the team’s general manager, a position he will hold until 1942.

The Cardinals traded Daryl Spencer to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Bob Lillis and Carl Warwick in 1961.

The Cardinals traded Jim Hicks in 1969 to the California Angels for Vic Davalillo.

In 2003, the Cardinals released Nerio Rodriguez.


Mike Donlin (May 30, 1878 – September 24, 1933) played for the Cardinals in their first year (1900) of existence after playing for the Perfectos the season before. He played in 78 games and had 276 at-bats in which he contributed 90 hits for a .323 batting average.

Wally Kimmick (May 30, 1897 – July 24, 1989) was an infielder for the Cardinals as he made his major league debut on September 13, 1919. He batted .261 in his career with one home run and 31 runs batted in. 

Mel Nelson (1936) was a left-handed pitcher that played for the Cardinals two different time. He made his debut in 1960 and then again he was back from 1968-1969. He compiled a 4-10 record with a 4.40 ERA. 

Rico Washington (1978) spent almost ten years in the minor leagues before the Cardinals called him up and he made his major league debut on April 1, 2008. He hit .158 with no homers and 3 runs batted and played his last game April 20, 2008. 

Fernando Salas (1985) the Cardinals were impressed enough to buy Salas’ contract from Saltillo in February 2007. Salas began 2010 in Memphis but was called up to the majors for the first time on May 27, 2010. He made his major league debut the next day, pitching one scoreless inning.

John Brebbia (1990)

Tracking Musial’s Home Runs

1947- #56 facing Johnny Vander Meer in the bottom of the 3rd inning with the Cardinals trailing 1-0. It was a 3-run homer.

1950- #152 came off of Bill Werle of Pittsburgh and it was an Inside-the-Park home run in the top of the 9th inning.

1951- Murry Dickson of Pittsburgh served up the 184th career home run for Musial in the top of the 7th inning.

1963 featured a 3-run home run with Turk Ferrell on the hill for Houston and it became career homer #471.



Gibson’s Complete Games

Bob Gibson gets another complete game loss (there were 144 of them) in 1965. The Giants win in the 10th inning 3-2. Gibson Pitching Line- 9.2IP/6H/1ER/4BB/6K. It was his 66th CG.

In 1966, he notches the 86th complete game of his career with a 3-1 win over the Houston Astros with 9IP/3H0ER/2BB/7K.

Gibby suffers another complete game loss in 1969 with a 4-3 Reds win in 10 innings. This was Gibby’s 143rd complete game of his career and his pitching line was 10IP/8H4ER1BB/9K.



  1. Mike Dunleavy 1903
  2. Oscar Tuero 1918
  3. Sam Fishburn 1919
  4. Mike Mathews 2000
  5. Joe Mather 2008
  6. Michael Wacha 2013



  • Ed Brown 1942
  • Billy Earle 1946
  • Dick Ward 1966
  • Clarence Heise 1949


BASEBALL FACT: On this date in 1935, Babe Ruth played in his last major league game.