September 23 in Cardinals History

Cardinals History

  • In a slugfest in 1930, played at Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl, the Cardinals set a franchise record, collecting 26 hits in a 19-16 victory over the Phillies. It will be another seventy-eight years before the Redbirds have an equal amount of hits in a game.  Boxscore
  • 1941Stan Musial hits his first career home run in Pittsburgh off pitcher Rip Sewell.  He will go on to collect 475 career homers.
  • The Cardinals purchased Memo Luna from San Diego (PCL) for $75,000 in 1953
  • In a ten-inning 7-4 Cardinal victory over New York in 1979, Lou Brock steals his 938th and final base to surpass Billy Hamilton’s mark established last century. In 1977, the St. Louis outfielder broke Ty Cobb’s modern major league record of 892 thefts.
  • 1983 With a 6-2 win over the team which traded him, Phillies’ southpaw Steve Carlton records his 300th victory, beating the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The Redbirds traded the future Hall of Fame left-hander to Philadelphia for Rick Wise.
  • 2002-The Cardinals use nine consecutive two-out hits to score 10 runs in the 7th inning on their way to a 13 – 1 win over the Diamondbacks. The D’Backs lose more than the game when Luis Gonzalez separates his shoulder in an outfield collision with Tony Womack’s knee.
  • 2022- Albert Pujols- announced his retirement at the end of the season no matter what happened, becomes the fourth player to reach the 700-home run mark – after Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds. He does so by going deep twice, first off Andrew Heaney in the 3rd inning and then off Phil Bickford in the 4th for #700. The Cardinals win handily, 11 – 0, over the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.
  • 2022 Alec Burleson hits his first career home run.



  • Leo DeMontrevale 1874
  • Walt Irwin 1897
  • Tony Fossas 1957
  • Jim Winn 1959
  • Terry McGriff 1963
  • Xavier Scruggs 1987
  • Jedd Gyorko 1988


  • Leo Bernard 1909
  • Joe Cather 1912
  • Bruce Hitt 1917
  • Whitey Kurowski 1941
  • Travis Tartamella 2015
  • Edmundo Sosa 2018
  • Irving Lopez 2023


  • Danny Litwhiler 2011
  • Tom Thomas 1942
  • Jesse Fowler 1973

Tracking Musial’s Home Runs

  • His FIRST, #1 came in 1941 (see entry above)
  • In 1956, Stan hit #352 at Chicago with a 2-run homer in the 8th inning.