September 8 in Cardinals History

September 8 in Cardinals History

1940 Johnny Mize hits homers #’s 38, 39, and 40 in the first game of a doubleheader, becoming the first player to hit three homers in one game four times in his career. Despite the ‘Big Cat’s’ heroics, the Cardinals drop a pair to the Pirates, 16-14 and 9-4.

1949 Red Schoendienst steals the team’s last stolen base of the season when he takes second base in the Cardinals’ 8-0 victory over the Cubs at Sportsman’s Park. The Redbird third baseman will lead the club with eight pilfered bags, accounting for more than half of the all-time National League low of 17 the entire club will swipe this season.

1998 Cardinal first baseman Mark McGwire connects off of Cub hurler Steve Trachsel and sends a 341-foot line-drive over the left field fence for his historic 62nd home run, breaking the single-season home run record set in 1961 by Roger Maris. Big Mac’s historic homer comes in the fourth inning of a nationally televised game.


  • Ray Rolling 1886
  • Verne Clemons 1891
  • Johnny Schulte 1896
  • George Gilham 1899
  • Ernie Orsatti 1902
  • Lars Nootbaar 1997


  • JD Drew 1988
  • Carmen Cali 2004
  • Chris Narveson 2006
  • Jack Flaherty 2011
  • Alec Burleson 2022


  • Bill Byers 1948
  • Joaquin Andujar 2015

Tracking Musial’s Home Runs

He hit TWO home runs in 1943 with career #22 and #23 facing Rip Sewell with solo home runs.