November 18 in Cardinals History

November 18th in Cardinals History

1914- The Cubs hire future Hall of Famer Roger Bresnahan to manage the team. The former Cardinal skipper will stay for just a year as Chicago finishes the season in fourth place with a 73-80 record.

1987- Andre Dawson (.287, 49, 137) becomes the first major leaguer to win the MVP award playing for a last place club. The Cubs outfielder easily outdistances runners-up shortstop Ozzie Smith and first baseman Jack Clark, both members of the Cardinals.


  • Harry Trekell (1892) – Born in Buda, Illinois, he made his debut on August 16, 1913 and played his final game on September 22, 1913. He finished his career with an 0-1 record all in a Cardinals uniform.
  • Vince Shields (1900) -was a pitcher that played for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1924. and completed his career with a lifetime 1-1 record/
  • Ken Burkhardt (1916)posted a 27–20 record with 181 strikeouts and a 3.84 earned run average in 5192⁄3 innings pitched. He posted an 18–8 mark as a Cardinals rookie in 1945, with 22 starts and 20 relief appearances; his 18 victories and .692 winning percentage each tied him for third in the National League, while his 2.90 ERA ranked him seventh, but an ailing throwing arm ended his season prematurely, and he increasingly worked from the bullpen afterwards. As a pitcher, since he lacked a speedy fastball, he relied on an “oddly breaking knuckleball”  for much of his success. On July 26, 1948, Burkhart was traded by St. Louis to the Reds in exchange for first baseman Babe Young. He appeared in 11 games for the Reds in 1949 and retired at the end of the season. Later , he became a major league umpire.
  • Rocky Nelson (1924) -During all or parts of nine major league seasons, Nelson played in 620 games and had 1,394 at bats, 186 runs scored, 347 hits, 61 doubles, 14 triples, 31 homers, 173 RBI, seven stolen bases, 130 base on balls|walks, and a .249 career batting average, .317 on-base percentage, .379 slugging percentage, 529 total bases, 11 sacrifice hits, eight sacrifice flies and 13 intentional walks. He batted .250 with three hits, one home run, two bases on balls, and two runs batted in eight World Series games. He had a home run in the famous Bill Mazeroski World Series home run game. He played for the Cardinals in 1956.
  • Gene Mauch (1925) – a member of the Cardinals in 1952, He is better known for managing four teams from 1960 to 1987. He is by far the winningest manager to have never won a league pennant or the World Series (breaking the record formerly held by Jimmy Dykes), three times coming within a single victory of reaching the World Series. Mauch managed the Philadelphia Phillies (1960–1968), Montreal Expos (1969–1975 — as their inaugural manager), Minnesota Twins (1976–1980) and California Angels (1981–1982, 1985–1987). His 1,902 career victories ranked 8th in MLB history, when he retired, and his 3,942 total games managed ranked 4th. Mauch gained a reputation for playing a distinctive “small ball” style, which emphasized defense, speed, and base-to-base tactics on offense, rather than power hitting.
  • Jamie Moyer (1962  was released as a free agent after the 1990 season and was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals. He made seven starts for the Cardinals in 1991 before being sent to the minor leagues on May 24. He was released on October 14.
  • Johnny Lush 1946 -as an outfielder that played for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1910 in one career game and went 0-for-4.