November 7 in Cardinals History

November 7 in Cardinals History


Former Cardinals Owner Chris Von der Ahe was born on this date in 1851. 

Transactions History

  • 1927 – Coach Bill McKechnie replaces Bob O’Farrell as St. Louis Cardinals manager, and Burt Shotton moves up from Syracuse of the International League to manage the Philadelphia Phillies.
  • 1967 – St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Orlando Cepeda becomes only the second National League player to unanimously win the MVP Award. Cepeda batted .325 with 25 home runs and 111 RBI in leading the Cardinals to the pennant
  • The Cardinals, 1994, released Scott Coolbaugh.
  •  The BWAA selects Mike Scioscia and Tony La Russa as Manager of the Year for their respective leagues in 2002. LaRussa joins Braves’ field boss Bobby Cox as the only managers to win the top honors in both leagues.
  • 2005- With a resounding thud, a five-ton wrecking ball smashes into Busch Stadium to make room for a new ballpark to house the St. Louis Cardinals. Hundreds of observers line nearby streets or dotted rooftops to watch the beginning of the demolition to the 39-year-old facility.
  • So Taguchi of the Cardinals granted free agency in 2007. 
  • The Cardinals, in 2016, release Mike Ohlman, Jeremy Hefner, and David Washington.

NOT Cardinals related—1938 – Fred Haney is signed as manager of the St. Louis Browns.


  • Mike Pasquella 1898 – a first baseman that played in  one game for the Cardinals and that was in 1919. He went hitless. that was his last major league at-bat. 
  • Jim Kaat 1938 -Kaat was an All-Star for three seasons and a Gold Glove winner for 16 seasons. He played his finals seasons in a Cardinals uniform (1980-1983 and made his appearance on July 1, 1983, for the St. Louis Cardinals
  • Tom Walker 1948 – a pitcher that played in 1976 in a Cardinals uniform. One interesting fact is In 1972, while playing winter ball in Puerto Rico, Walker and several other players helped Roberto Clemente load a plane carrying relief supplies to survivors of the Nicaragua earthquake after Christmas. He offered to accompany Clemente on the trip to the Central American nation, but the plane was full and Clemente told him to stay behind and enjoy his New Year’s Eve. A few hours later, Walker returned to his condo and saw the news reports that Clemente’s plane had crashed off the coast of Isla Verde, Puerto Rico. There were no survivors.
  • John Tomargo 1951 – a catcher that made his MLB debut in the Redbirds uniform on September 3, 1976 and was traded in July 1978 to the Giants
  • Dave Wainhouse 1967 – a relief pitcher that ended his career on April 27, 2000 as a Cardinals player. He signed with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2000, once again splitting time between Triple-A and the majors that year. He appeared in nine games with the Cardinals before an injury ended his season. 
  • Russ Springer 1968 –  was a major League Baseball relief pitcher. Springer made his major league debut on April 17, 1992, with the New York Yankees. He also pitched for the California Angels, Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics, and Cincinnati Reds. He was a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks when they won the 2001 World Series. 
  • Travis Smith 1972 -. He pitched five seasons in Major League Baseball for the Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, and Florida Marlins. He finished his career with a 6-6 record and a 6.53 ERA.
  • Mitch Harris 1985 -MLB debut April 25, 2015, for the St. Louis Cardinals Last MLB appearance September 30, 2015, for the St. Louis Cardinals and had a 2-1 record with a 3.67 ERA. He attended the United States Naval Academy. After serving as a Lieutenant in the Navy, Harris became the first Naval Academy graduate to appear in the major leagues since 1921, and just the second ever to do so.
  • Sonny Gray-1989 


  • Rube Bressler 1966