October 12 in Cardinals History

Baseball Events

In 1967, Boston’s Impossible Dream comes to an end when Cardinals’ ace Bob Gibson throws a three-hitter, his third complete game in the Fall Classic, beating the Red Sox, 7-2. The team’s slogan for the season, based on the hit song from the musical “Man of La Mancha,” became popular as the ninth-place team from last year won the AL flag on the last day of the campaign in a pennant race involving four teams and came up one game short from being the World Champions.

Lou Brock, in 1967, becomes the third player in major league history to accomplish a trio of thefts in a World Series contest. The three stolen bases during the Cardinals’ 7-2 victory over Boston in Game 7 gives the speedy St. Louis left fielder a total of seven for the series, establishing a new Fall Classic mark.

In Game 1 of the 1982 World Series, Brewers’ leadoff batter Paul Molitor becomes the first player to collect five hits in a World Series game. The third baseman’s 5-for-6 Fall Classic performance helps Milwaukee rout the Cardinals, 10-0 (ugh, I was was there), the biggest shutout margin since the Yankees blanked the Bucs 12-0.

The Nationals, twice within a strike of reaching the NLCS in 2012, suffer the worst collapse ever in a winner-take-all baseball postseason game when they are stunned by the visiting Cardinals. After his team takes a 6-0 advantage in the third inning and clings to a two-run lead with two outs in the ninth, Washington’s closer Drew Storen gives up four runs in the final frame, resulting in the eventual devastating 9-5 loss at Nationals Park.

Trades and Transactions

1956- The Cardinals traded Dick Rand and cash to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Toby Atwell.


Jimmy Burke 1877- Born in St. Louis. He made his debut on October 6, 1898 with the Cleveland Spiders and played his last game on October 8th, 1905 with the St Louis Cardinals. In the middle of the 1905 season, he was named player-manager but was replace by owner Stanley Robison after a 34-56 record. He finished his career with a .244 batting average with one home run and 187 RBI’s. 

Francisco Pena 1989


  • Bert Myers 1915
  • Harry Glenn 1918
  • Rube Geyer 1962
  • Curt Davis 1965