October 17 in Cardinals History

Baseball Events

In 1964, Johnny Keane, who been rumored in August to be replaced as the Cardinals’ manager by Leo Durocher before the Redbirds surged to win the World Series, surprises team owner Gussie Busch and GM Bob Howsam with a letter of resignation that he had written at the end of September during the height of the pennant race with Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Cincinnati. The former St. Louis skipper will take the Yankee job, which opens as the result of the firing of Yogi Berra, which also occurs today.

The juiced Minute Maid Park crowd in 2005, anticipating the Astros’ first National League crown, after the first two batters are quickly retired, is ‘pulperized’ when Albert Pujols hits a two out three-run ninth inning homer. A two-strike single stroked by David Eckstein and a walk worked out by Jim Emmonds set the stage for the Cardinals’ dramatic 5-4 comeback.


Trades and Transactions

The Cardinals released Solly Hemus in 1956.

 The Cardinals in 1958, released Bill Wight.

In 1962, the Cardinals traded Larry Jackson, Lindy McDaniel and Jimmie Schaffer to the Chicago Cubs for George Altman, Don Cardwell and Moe Thacker.

The Cardinals traded Mike Tyson to the Chicago Cubs for Donnie Moore in 1979.

Bob Tewksbury of the Cardinals was granted free agency in 1994. 


  • Paul Derringer 1906
  • Rich Folkers 1946
  • Kelly Paris 1957
  • John Mabry 1970


  • John Otten 1895
  • Jack Powell 1944
  • Vince Shields 1952
  • John Mackinson 1989