September 18 in Cardinals History

A Cup of Coffee

It was on this date in 1962 that Harvey Branch played his one and only game for the Cardinals. He is the starting pitcher facing the Chicago Cubs and goes five innings, allowed 5 hits, 3 earned runs (Ron Santo homered in the 2nd), 5 walks and 2 strikeouts. He is the losing pitcher of record. The Cardinals were down 4-1 going into the 9th inning as scored two runs and Javier singled and with one out Musial hit his 16th home run of the season but that wasn’t enough. BOXSCORE

In 2023, pitcher Adam Wainwright won his 200th victory in the majors. It was a 1-0 victory against the first place Brewers as catcher Willson Contreras hit a home run to provide the victory.

Trades and Transactions

  • The Boston Braves selected Hal Haid off waivers from the Cardinals in 1930
  • In 1968, after being no-hit yesterday by Giants’ hurler Gaylord Perry, the Cardinal hurler Ray Washburn returns the favor by no-hitting San Francisco, 2-0, making it the first time in major league history the feat had been accomplished in successive games.
  • The Cleveland Indians in 1972 selected Lowell Palmer off waivers from the Cardinals.
  • Yadier Molina in 2013, strokes his 41st double of the season in the Cardinals’ 4-3 victory over Colorado, breaking the mark for two-baggers by a catcher. The St. Louis backstop, who will finish the year with 44 doubles, surpasses the record established in 1978 by Ted Simmons, who also played for the Redbirds.


  • Chuck Miller 1889
  • Tige Stone 1901
  • Harvey Haddix 1925
  • Lee Richard 1948
  • Tony Scott 1951


  • Jack Calhoun 1905
  • Jack Himes 1905
  • Bert James 1909
  • Frank Gilhooley 1911
  • Johnny Hopp 1939
  • Bob Repass 1939
  • Erv Dusak 1941
  • Walter Sessi 1941
  • Ken Johnson 1947
  • Ed Mikelson 1950
  • Harvey Branch 1962
  • Chip Coulter 1969
  • Daniel Descalso 2010


  • Ducky Holmes 1945

Tracking Musial’s Home Runs

  • Home run #107 came in 1948 off Paul Minner in the 8th inning.
  • In 1949 he hit #143 facing Robin Robers of the Phillies with a 3-run homer in the 4th inning.
  • Roger Craig surrendered #350 in 1956 with a solo home run in the top of the 3rd. 
  • In 1962, he smacked #462 in Chicago off of Paul Toth in the 9th inning.