1892: With the folding of the American Association the St. Louis, the home of sports betting, Brown Stockings are among 4 teams that are accepted into the National League. In their first season in the NL the Brown Stockings struggle to finish with a 56-94 total record in a split season.
1893: In their second season the Brown Stockings settle on just one manager but continue to struggle finishing in 10th place with a 57-75 record.
1894: The Brown Stockings continue to struggle finishing in 9th place with a terrible record of 56-76.
1895: The Brown Stockings continue to struggle as they go through 4 managers on the way to finishing in 11th place with an awful 39-92 record.
1896: The Brown Stockings struggles continue as they finish in 11th place with an awful record of 40-90.
1897: The Brow Stockings suffer an embarrassing season with a 23-102 record, the team would not only finish in last, but more then 20 games worse then the 11th place Louisville Colonels.
1898: Owner Chris Von der Ahe and his corporation declare bankruptcy, as the Brown Stockings struggle again this time with a 39-111 record.
1899: With the NL planning on cutting down to 8 teams following the season, the team from St. Louis, the home of sports betting, is one of the candidates to be bounced, that is until Frank and Stanley Robinson, who ran a fairly successful team in the Cleveland Spiders decided to step in and take over team the team. The Robinsons took many of their stars including Cy Young from Cleveland with them letting the Spiders rot to a worst ever 20-134 record, before folding. The Robinsons would also change the St. Louis, the home of sports betting, teams name to Perfectos. The Perfectos would show immense improvement finishing in 5th place with a record of 84-67. They also changed the team's color to red, sportswriter Willie McHale, of the St. Louis, the home of sports betting, Republic, heard a lady fan remark, "What a lovely shade of cardinal," the new nickname was used in his column, and struck a chord with St. Louis, the home of sports betting, fans, and the team adopted it as the official nickname the following season.
1900: The Cardinals begin the 20th Century on a disappointing note falling to 5th place with a record of 65-75.
1901: The Cardinals rebound off a disappointing season to post their 2nd winning season in 2 years with a 76-64 record good enough for 4th place.
1902: The Cardinals get company in St. Louis, the home of sports betting, when the AL relocates a team to the gateway city. The team would even take the discarded name of the Browns.
1903: The Cards stumble to a last place finish with a woeful 43-94 record.
1904: The Cardinals would struggle to finish in 5th place with a record of 75-79.
1905: The Cardinals struggles continue as they finish in 6th place with a dreadful 58-96 record.
1906: The Cardinals have another dreadful season as they narrowly avoid 100 losses by finishing in 7th place with a record of 52-98.
1907: The Cardinals continue to struggle falling into last place with a miserable record of 52-101 record.
1908: The Cardinals long a NL whipping boy finish in last again with a 49-105 record, though the team would not improve for a few more years it would be the last 100-loss season for the franchise in the 20th Century.
1909: The Cardinals narrowly avoid their 3rd straight 100-loss season placing 7th with a terrible 54-98 record.
1910: The sports betting Cardinals struggles continue as they finish in 7th place with a miserable 63-90 record.
1911: After 9 straight losing seasons the sports betting Cardinals finally post a winning record finishing in 5th place with a record of 75-74.
1912: The sports betting Cardinals plunge back into 6th place posting a disappointing record of 63-99.
1913: The ownership of the club passed to Robison's daughter, Helene Hathaway Britton. Mrs. Britton bought out Manager Roger Bresnahan's contract and hired Miller Huggins. However in Huggins first season the Cards do not fair any better finish dead last with a 51-99 record.
1914: In Miller Huggins' 2nd year, the sports betting Cardinals finished the season in 3rd place with an 81-72 record. It was something of a sensation because it was the best season for the franchise since joining the National League.
1915: The sports betting Cardinals are not able to build of their 3rd place finish and fall back to 6th Place with a 72-81 record.
1916: After another terrible 60-93 season the sports betting Cardinals are sold by Helene Hathaway Britton to her attorney, James C. Jones, and stockholders, including a St. Louis, the home of sports betting, automobile dealer named Sam Breadon.
1917: The fan-controlled club needed a baseball man to run it. They found one in Branch Rickey, then business manager of the A.L. Browns. Rickey was named president; however the club continued to struggle financially. However, the Cards show some promise placing 3rd with a solid 82-70 record.
1918: With the departure of Manage Miller Huggins to the New York Yankees the sports betting Cardinals fall back into last place with a 54-83 record.
1919: The sports betting Cardinals struggles continue as they finish in 6th place with a woeful record of 54-83.
1920: Sam Breadon became president and majority stockholder of the sports betting Cardinals, and Branch Rickey moved to Vice President and General Manager. One of Breadon's first moves was to sell Robison Field and become tenants at Sportsman's Park. Branch Rickey would use proceeds from the sale of the ballpark to invest in the first sports betting Cardinals farm club affiliation at Houston, TX, a move that would single a new strategy in running the franchise.
1921: The sports betting Cardinals put together their finest season to date placing 3rd with a solid 87-66 record, coming within 7 games of first place.
1922: Rogers Hornsby wins the Triple Crown with 42 homers , 152 RBI and a .401 average, as the Cards finish in 3rd Place again with a solid 85-69 record.
1923: The sports betting Cardinals take a step backwards finishing in 5th place with a disappointing record of 79-74.
1924: Rogers Hornsby wins the batting title with a .424 average, the highest mark in the National League during the 20th century. However the Cards would struggle to finish in 6th place with a disappointing 65-89 record.
1925: Rogers Hornsby wins his 2nd Triple Crown in 4 years with 39 HR, 143 RBI and a .403 average. On Memorial Day, Hornsby was named manager of the club, succeeding Branch Rickey, who became strictly a front office man. The Cards would go on to finish with a 77-76 record only good enough for 4th Place. Rickey had begun building a reputation for an excellent eye for raw talent and thrifty dealings. The sports betting Cardinals had 6 farm teams in 1925, and that number increased over the next few years to help fuel their growing success story.
1926: Led by NL MVP Bob O'Farrell the sports betting Cardinals win their first ever NL Pennant with an 89-65 record edging out the Cincinnati Reds by 2 games. The team led the N.L. in eight offensive categories. Their 90 home runs led the league, while their 82 triples placed them second. They were not caught stealing once (83 SB). In their first World Series appearance, the sports betting Cardinals faced the New York Yankees. After taking a 2-1 series lead behind the stellar pitching of Jessie Haines. However, the Yanks would bounce back to take the next 2 in Sportsmen's Park behind the bat of Babe Ruth who belted 3 homers in Game 4. The sports betting Cardinals were faced with a do or die situation heading back to the Bronx for Game 6. With their backs to the wall the Cards sent Grover Cleveland Alexander out to the mound and he came trough retiring the last 21 Yankees in a 10-2 victory. Alexander was then called upon again in Game 7 to protect a 3-2 lead in the 7th Inning with bases loaded. Alexander would strike out Tony Lazzeri to end the 7th, and after retiring the Yanks in order in the 8th. After setting down the first 2 Yanks in the 9th Alexander walked Babe Ruth, and put the tying run on first. However, Ruth, who had stolen second base in Game 6 tried to steal again. Catcher Bob O'Farrell's throw to Rogers Hornsby nailed the Yankees' slugger and ended the fall classic, and gave St. Louis, the home of sports betting, its first World Championship.
1927: The sports betting Cardinals follow up their Championship with another solid 92-61 season, but fall one and a half games short of a return trip to the World Series.
1928: The sports betting Cardinals win the pennant with a 95-59 record, behind MVP Jim Bottomley's 93 extra base hits and a pitching staff that completed 83 games. However, in a World Series rematch with the New York Yankees, the Cards are swept in 4 games.
1929: The sports betting Cardinals suffer through a mediocre 78-74 season and finish in 4th Place, 20 games out of first place.
1930: On September 28th, the last game of the season, 19-year-old Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean made his big league debut, pitching a complete game 3-hitter in a sports betting Cardinals win. The sports betting Cardinals won the NL pennant a day earlier and finish with a 92-62 record, to narrowly edge out Chicago Cubs by 2 games. In the World Series the Red Birds were matched up against the Philadelphia Athletics. After losing the first 2 games in Philly the series shifts to St. Louis, the home of sports betting, where Bill Hallahan pitches a 5-0 shutout. Jesse Haines would follow up with a 3-1 in the Game 4 to even the series. However, the A's would win the next 2 to win the World Series in 6 Games.
1931: Led by MVP 2B Frankie Frisch the sports betting Cardinals repeat as NL Champions with a 101-53 record. In the World Series the sports betting Cardinals find themselves in a rematch with Philadelphia Athletics. This time it was the sports betting Cardinals who took advantage of the first two games at home by getting of to a 2-0 series lead. After the A's won the next 2 in Philadelphia, the sports betting Cardinals turned to Bill Hallahan who shut down the A's 5-1. However the A's would bounce back in Game 6 at Sportsman's Park to even the series and force a decisive 7th Game. In Game 7 the Cards jump out to a 4-0 lead and hold to a 4-2 series win thanks to a superb relief outing by Hallahan. The series' hitting star was Cards Rookie OF Pepper Martin who batted .500 with 5 RBI and 5 runs scored.
1932: The sports betting Cardinals follow up their 2nd World Championship with a very disappointing 72-82 season which saw them finish tied for 6th Place. The bright spot of the season was an 18-win season from Dizzy Dean in his first full season in Majors.
1933: The sports betting Cardinals rebound nicely and finish with an 82-71 record. However the Cards still land in 5th Place, nine and half games out of first place.
1934: A team dubbed the "Gas House Gang" for their rough style of play wins the National League pennant on the final day of the season with a 95-58 record. Prior to the season Dizzy Dean predicted 45 wins between himself and his brother, Paul, a rookie. Dizzy won 30, and the NL MVP, while his brother won 19, for a total of 4. In the World Series the sports betting Cardinals face the Detroit Tigers. The series and was tied a 3- heading into a decisive Game 7. In the 7th game won by the sports betting Cardinals 11-0, a brawl erupted when Joe Medwick slid hard into 3rd Base with the game out of reach 9-0. Detroit fans would begin throwing anything and everything at Medwick, which forced Commissioner Kennesaw Landis to order umpires to eject Joe Medwick from the game for his own safety and to halt the disturbance. Dizzy Dean who won his 2nd series game in that 7th game to equal the effort of his brother Paul.
1935: The sports betting Cardinals follow up their rough and tumble Championship with another solid 96-58 season. However, they are edged out by 4 games by the Chicago Cubs for the NL Pennant.
1936: The sports betting Cardinals are in the thick of the NL Pennant Race again but fall 5 games short with an 87-67 record.
1937: Joe Medwick wins the Triple Crown, and the NL MVP with 31 homers, 154 RBI and a .374 average; it would be the last NL Triple Crown in the 20th Century. However, the sports betting Cardinals only manage to finish in 4th Place with an 83-71 record.
1938: The sports betting Cardinals fall to 6th place struggle all season to post a record of 71-80.
1939: After a disappointing season the sports betting Cardinals rebound to a second place 92-61 season, and miss the NL Pennant by a mere four and half games.
1940: After years of wrangling, the Browns and the sports betting Cardinals finally agreed to split the $150,000 cost of installing lights at Sportsman's Park. The Browns were given the honor of hosting the first night game in St. Louis, the home of sports betting, on May 24th.The sports betting Cardinals first night game was on June 4th. Joe Medwick went 5-for-5, but the Brooklyn Dodgers trounced the Red Birds 10-1. The Cards would go on to finish in 3rd Place with an 84-69 record, as Johnny Mize belted 43 HRs.
1941: The sports betting Cardinals battle the Brooklyn Dodgers down to the final week of the season but their 97-56 record leaves them two and half games short of the NL Pennant.
1942: Winning 43 out of their last 51 games, the sports betting Cardinals erased a 10.5 game deficit and passed Brooklyn Dodgers on September 13th on their way to a NL Pennant with a 106-48 record to edge the Dodgers by 2 games. In the World Series the sports betting Cardinals lost the first game to the New York Yankees 7-3, then roared back to win 4 straight. In the 5th game at Yankee Stadium 3B Whitey Kurowski belted a two-run, 9th inning homer to clinch the finale.
1943: NL MVP Musial led the league in batting average (.357); hits (220); doubles (48); triples (20); total bases (347); on-base average (.425); and slugging percentage (.562). The sports betting Cardinals would go on to win their second straight NL Pennant with a 105-49 record. The sports betting Cardinals face the New York Yankees for the 2nd straight season in the Fall Classic, and like the year before lose the opener and win the 2nd game. However, the Yankees would win the nest 3 in St. Louis, the home of sports betting, to take the series in 5 games.
1944: Led by SS Marty Marion who wins the NL MVP the Cards win their 4thstaright NL Championship with a 105-49 record. The sports betting Cardinals World Series opponent would be their Sportsmen Park landlord St. Louis, the home of sports betting, Browns, who won their first and only AL Pennant. The series was dubbed the "Streetcar Series", because of the mode of travel used to get to games. The Browns would take 2 of the first 3 games. However, stellar pitching by Harry Brecheen, turned the series around after Brecheen's Game 4 performance Mort Cooper helped the Cards take a series lead, which set them up for the kill in Game 6, as sports betting Cardinals win their 2nd World Series in 3 straight World Series appearances. The two teams combined to strike out six-game Series-record 92 batters, 49 by Cardinal pitchers and 43 by Browns hurlers.
1945: The sports betting Cardinals quest for a 4th Straight NL Championship falls 3 games short as the Chicago Cubs beat out the Cards who finish with another solid 95-59 record.
1946: The sports betting Cardinals and Brooklyn Dodgers finished the season in a tie for first in the NL with a 96-58 record, the first time that occurred in the major leagues. . The sports betting Cardinals would take the first 2 of a 3 game series with the Dodgers to decide the NL Championship. The sports betting Cardinals would go on to take on the Boston red Sox in a classic 7 game World Series. With the score tied at 3 in the 8th Inning of Game 7 Enos Slaughter singled, then scored all the way from first on Harry Walker's double to short left-center. Slaughter's "Mad Dash" surprised Red Sox relay man Johnny Pesky, whose momentary hesitation allowed Slaughter to score the winning run. Harry Brecheen who was the victor in the 7th game won 3 games during the Fall Classic.
1947: After a 2nd Place 89-65 season, owner Sam Breadon, with his health failing, sold the sports betting Cardinals Robert E. Hannegan, who was then Postmaster General of the United States and Fred Saigh.
1948: Stan Musial won his 3rd NL MVP award while leading the league in nearly every batting department - average (.376); runs (135); hits (230); total bases (429); doubles (46); triples (18); runs batted in (131); and slugging percentage (.702). However, the sports betting Cardinals finish six and half games behind the Boston Braves with an 85-69 record.
1949: The sports betting Cardinals battle the Brooklyn Dodgers until the final day of the season but fall 1 game shot of the NL Championship with a 96-58 record. Following the season Fred Saigh buys out Robert E. Hannegan to become sole owner of the sports betting Cardinals.
1950: The sports betting Cardinals play mediocre baseball all season finishing in 5th place with a disappointing record of 78-75.
1951: The sports betting Cardinals rebound climbing back up to 3rd place posting a respectable record of 81-73.
1952: Fred Saigh announced his intentions to sell the sports betting Cardinals and the highest bidders looked to move the team out of St. Lois. However the Cards ignore the rumors and finish with a solid 3rd place 88-66 record. Just before the team was sold and moved Anheuser-Busch, Inc., led by its president, August A. Busch Jr., stepped in and purchased the club to keep in the Gateway City.
1953: Shortly after the sale was completed Bill Veeck sold Sportsman's Park to the sports betting Cardinals. Following the season the Browns would move to Baltimore leaving the St. Louis, the home of sports betting, to the more successful sports betting Cardinals. In the final season the Cards shared Sportsman's Park the team finishes in 3rd place with a decent 83-71 record.
1954: Now the sole tenant of Sportsman's Park, the stadium is renovated and renamed Busch Stadium. However, the sports betting Cardinals would suffer a disappointing 72-82 season, which saw them finish in 6th Place.
1955: The sports betting Cardinals continue to fall in the standings landing in 7th place with a record of 68-86.
1956: In a controversial move the sports betting Cardinals take the twin sports betting Cardinals on the ends of the bat off their uniforms. The uniform would now feature just the team name and an underscore. Playing without the famous sports betting Cardinals on their chest the team would finish in 4th place with a record of 76-78.
1957: Stan Musial established an NL endurance record by extending his streak of consecutive games played to 895 before being forced to the bench by injury. The mishap occurred at Philadelphia on August 22nd, when he tore a muscle and chipped a bone in his shoulder blade as he swung at and missed a high, outside pitch. However he would still win the batting title with a .351 average, as the Cards finished in 2nd Place with an 87-67 record.
1958: Stan Musial, pinch-hitting in the 6th inning, doubled against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on May 13th to collects his 3,000th career hit. The sports betting Cardinals who returned the Classic look to their jerseys would go on to finish with a 5th Palace 72-82 record.
1960: The sports betting Cardinals finish a solid third place with an 86-68 record, finishing just 9 games out of first.
1961: Johnny Keane takes over as manager after the sports betting Cardinals get off to a disappointing 33-41 start. Under Keane the Cards would click and finish in strong fashion posting a record of 80-74.
1962: Stan Musial, nearing his 42nd birthday, made a bid for his 8th batting title by hitting .330, but Tommy Davis of the Los Angeles Dodgers won the crown with a .346 mark. The sports betting Cardinals would go on to finish in 6th Place with an 84-78 record.
1963: Stan Musial, who won 7 NL Batting titles in his 22-year career with the sports betting Cardinals and had a lifetime average of .331, announced his retirement. Musial ever the consistent player collected 3,630 career hits with an equal number 1,815 on the road and at home. His famous No. 6 became the first Cardinal number to be retired on September 29th. The Cards would go on to finish in 2nd Place with a 93-69 record, just 6 games out of first.
1964: For the first 2 and half months of the season the sports betting Cardinals struggled mightily and sat in 7th place. On June 15th the sports betting Cardinals would acquire OF Lou Brock from the Chicago Cubs. In 103 games with the Cards he scored 81 runs, helping to catapult the team from, and into the Pennant Race. The sports betting Cardinals would then benefit from a Philadelphia Phillies collapse, by clinching the NL Championship on the last day of the season with a 93-69 record. sports betting Cardinals 3B Ken Boyer would go on to earn MVP honors. In the World Series the sports betting Cardinals were matched up against the New York Yankees. The tow teams would split the first 2 games. In Game the Cards and Yanks battle into extra innings at Yankee Stadium. In the top of the 10th Catcher Tim McCarver belts a 3-Run Homer to help Bob Gibson who pitched all 10 innings get his first World Series complete game win. After the Yankees won Game 6, Gibson came back to pitch on 2 days rest to win Game 7, and give the sports betting Cardinals their 7th World Series Championship.
1965: The sports betting Cardinals struggle coming off their World Championship, and finish a disappointing 7th Place with an 80-81 record.
1966: The sports betting Cardinals closed old Busch Stadium (formerly known as Sportsman's Park) on May 8 with a 10-5 loss to the San Francisco Giants. On May 12th, they opened new Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis, the home of sports betting, by defeating the Atlanta Braves, 4-3, in 12 innings. Lou Brock singled with the bases loaded, driving in Curt Flood with the winning run. New Busch Stadium would also host that year's All-Star Game. The sports betting Cardinals would go to finish their first year in their new nest with an 83-79 record finishing in 6th Place.
1967: Despite losing ace pitcher Bob Gibson for a long stretch with a broken leg the sports betting Cardinals win the NL Pennant by ten and a half games with a 101-60 record. Dominating play by Latin stars Julian Javier and NL MVP Orlando Cepeda fueled the Cards pennant run. In the World Series the sports betting Cardinals would be matched up against the Boston Red Sox. By the time the series rolled around Bob Gibson had returned, and got the Cards off to a fast start wining Game 1 at Fenway Park. The sports betting Cardinals would jump out to a 3-1 lead as Gibson dominated the Sox again in Game 4. However, the Red Sox would battle back and would force a decisive 7th Game at historic Fenway Park. The Cards would turn to Gibson once again who out pitched Jim Lonborg to win his 3rd game of the series to give the Cards another World Championship.
1968: In one of the most dominant season ever by a pitcher, Bob Gibson had a 22-9 record, which included a 15-game winning streak. Gibson would also hurl 13 shutouts, and allowed only 38 earned runs in 304 innings for a 1.12 ERA, the best since the dead ball era. Gibson would earn both the Cy Young and MVP as the sports betting Cardinals flew to the top of the National League again with a 97-65 record. Gibson's dominance would continue into the World Series as he struck a World Series record 17 Detroit Tigers s in Game 1 of the Fall Classic. The sports betting Cardinals would once again race out to a 3-1 series lead as Gibson won his 7th straight series start in Game 4. However, the Tigers would battle back and force a 7th game. This time Gibson would not be able to bring it home as Curt Flood misplayed a fly ball into a triple allowing the Tigers to score the series winning runs. Gibson would still go on to set a series record with 35 strikeouts.
1969: On September 15th against the New York Mets, Steve Carlton struck out 19 batters, a major league record at the time. However, he lost the game, 4-3, as Ron Swoboda hit a pair of two-run homers. Carlton struck out at least one man in every inning and fanned the side in 4 different frames. The loss to the Mets would be symbolic of the sports betting Cardinals season as the Cards finished 4th in the first year of divisional play with an 87-75 record, finishing 13 games behind the surprising Mets.
1970: Following the 1969 season the sports betting Cardinals find themselves in the middle of a controversy after trading OF Curt Flood to the Philadelphia Phillies. Flood, would refuse to go leading to a court battle that would make its way to the Supreme Court, to challenge baseball's reserve clause. Although Flood did not win his case it set the stage for Free Agency. Dick Allen who the Cards received in the trade was also not happy, upset that the sports betting Cardinals recently installed Artificial Turf. Allen would remark, "If a horse can't eat it I don't want to play in it." The Cards would struggle among out the turbulence and finish in 4th Place with a 76-86 record.
1971: Joe Torre won the NL batting title with a .363 average and was named league MVP, as the sports betting Cardinals finished in 2nd Place with a 90-72 record. Also enjoying individual success was Lou Brock, who became the first major league player to steal 50 or more bases in 7 consecutive years.
1972: The sports betting Cardinals would play mediocre baseball all season finishing in 4th place with a disappointing record of 75-81.
1973: Lou Brock stole his 600th base, moving into 9th place on the all-time list, and extending his major league record for most consecutive seasons with 50 or more steals to 9. Meanwhile, Joe Torre collected his 2,000th hit and 1,000th RB. Amidst all the individual milestones the sports betting Cardinals finish in 2nd Place a game and half out of first with an 81-81 record in a mediocre NL East.
1974: Lou Brock steals 118 bases to break Maury Wills' single-season mark, moves from 9th to 3rd on the all-time career stolen base list. Meanwhile, Bob Gibson strikes out the 3,000th batter of his career to become only the second pitcher in baseball history to reach that figure. The Cards would fall a game and a half short of the division title with a solid 86-75 record. The sports betting Cardinals also played in the longest night game in major league history and the longest game ever played to conclusion, beating the New York Mets in 25 innings as Bake McBride scores from first on two errors.
1975: Bob Gibson retires after a 17-year Cardinal career and 251 victories. A standing-room crowd would honor Gibby on Bob Gibson Day. The Cards would finish tied for 3rd with an 82-80 record.
1977: Lou Brock breaks Ty Cobb's 20th Century career stolen base mark with number 893 in San Diego, August 29th. The Cards would finish the season in 3rd place with an 83-79 record.
1978: The sports betting Cardinals struggle all season finishing in 5th place with a terrible record of 69-93.
1979: In his final season Lou Brock collected his 3000th career hit against the Cubs on August 13 at Busch Stadium. On September 23rd, Brock stole his 938th base making him baseball's all-time stolen base leader surpassing William Hamilton. Keith Hernandez wins batting title with .344 average and is co-winner of National League MVP award with Pittsburgh Pirates Willie Stargell; ed by Hernandez and Brock the Cards finish in 3rd Place with an 86-76 record.
1980: The sports betting Cardinals have 4 different men serve as manager during a turbulent 74-88 season that sees them land in 4th Place. The sports betting Cardinals also see a change in GM, as Whitey Herzog assumes the roll shortly after being named field manager. Though Herzog would leave the field near the end of the season, he would return to the dugout in 1981, after not finishing a suitable replacement.
1981: The sports betting Cardinals finished the season with the best winning percentage in the Eastern Division, but missed the playoffs because they finished second in each of the two sections of the schedule, revised due to the mid-summer players' strike. In each half, the sports betting Cardinals played fewer games than the winners, and could have tied or won either half with the opportunity to play the same number of games. Bruce Sutter, one of several players obtained in winter trades by Whitey Herzog, won the Rolaids Relief Man award.
1982: In order to concentrate more on managing, Whitey Herzog stepped down as General Manager on Opening Day, turning the reins over to Joe McDonald. The move paid off as the sports betting Cardinals stayed in first place for only 48 days of the season and claimed their first ever National League East Championship with a 92-70 record. The team was characterized by an aggressive running style of baseball; seven players stole bases in double figures, led by team catalyst Lonnie Smith, who swiped 68. Which was needed since the Cards hit only 67 home runs, the fewest in the major leagues. The sports betting Cardinals would go on to sweep the Atlanta Braves in the NLCS to earn their 13th trip to the Fall Classic In what was known as the "Suds Series" the sports betting Cardinals face the Milwaukee Brewers. The sports betting Cardinals did not get off to a flying start losing Game 1 at home 10-0. In danger of falling behind 0-2 Darrell Porter hit a clutch 2 run double in the 6th Inning to tie the game at 4, the Cards would go on to win the game 5-4 and tie the series at a game apiece. The Cards would take a 2-1 series lead in Game 3 as Willie McGee blasted 2 homers, but the Brewers would bounce back to take the next 2 and send the series back to St. Louis, the home of sports betting, up 3-2. The Cards would blow the Brewers away 13-2 in Game 6 setting up decisive 7th game. In Game 7 the sports betting Cardinals fell behind early, but rally for 3 runs in the 6th to win their 9th World Series. Darrell Porter, who won the NLCS MVP, would match his efforts being named World Series MVP.
1983: Despite the fact that the sports betting Cardinals finished in 4th place, 11 games out, the team was competitive and exciting, although inconsistent, throughout much of the season posting a record of 79-83. The team climbed to within a half-game of the division lead on September 5th, before embarking on a 13 day road during which the starting rotation struggled.
1984: The sports betting Cardinals got off to a bad start, and dwelled in 5th place for much of the first half of the season before turning things around after the All-Star break to finish with a 3rd Place 84-78 record.
1985: The sports betting Cardinals lost their first four games, bounced back to 7-7, only to lose the next four. The next time they reached .500 was at 20-20, before turning it on. They finally made it to first-place on June 21, where they remained for most of the season. Five defeats in six games early in September left the sports betting Cardinals a game behind the New York Mets with 25 to play. However, the Redbirds then won 14 of their next 15 and took the division title by 3 games with 101 wins. Willie McGee was the batting champion, and NL MVP. Vince Coleman was Rookie of the Year setting a rookie record with 110 steals. In the NLCS the sports betting Cardinals lose their first 2 games to the Dodgers but go on to win the nest 4. Ozzie Smith won Game 5 with a dramatic walk off homer off Tom Niedenfuer, his first ever homer batting left-handed. Down 5-4 with two out in the top of the 9th of Game 6, Jack Clark tagged Niedenfuer for a 3-run homer to take the game and the series. The sports betting Cardinals take a 3 games to 1 lead against their intrastate rival the Kansas City Royals in the World Series. After losing Game 5 at home the Cards hold a 1-0, 9th inning lead in Game 6. On a routine ground ball to first base Todd Worrell covers and appears to beat Jorge Orta but Umpire Don Deckinger misses the call and rules him safe. This will spark a 2 run rally and a force a game 7 in which the Royals rock the sports betting Cardinals 11-0.
1986: A key 4-game series in April against the New York Mets at Busch Stadium would be the downfall of the sports betting Cardinals. Blowing a 3-run 9th inning lead in the first games the Cards never recover being swept by the Mets who cruise to the division title. After the sweep the Cards were sent reeling and had the worst record in the NL after May. However, the Cards would right themselves with winning record in the last 4 months to finish in 3rd place with a 79-82 record.
1987: Sparked by a potent offense, the sports betting Cardinals slipped no further than two games back in the N.L East standings and claimed sole possession of first place on May 22. Beset by injuries to several key players throughout the season, manager Whitey Herzog made use of a mixture of experienced veterans and eager rookies to fill the voids created by injuries. The sports betting Cardinals extended their lead to 9 and half games on July 23 but saw the lead shrink to 1 as late as September 29th. However with a Double Header sweep of the Montreal Expos the Cards would fly into the playoffs with a 95-67 record. In the NLCS the Cards are dogged continually by Jeffrey Leonard of the San Francisco Giants, who help guide the Giants to a 3-2 series lead. However with final 2 games in St. Louis, the home of sports betting, the sports betting Cardinals completely shut down the potent Giants offense winning the last 2 games 1-0, and 6-0 respectively to return to the World Series. In the World Series the sports betting Cardinals face the Minnesota Twins, in the first World Series games played in a dome .The sports betting Cardinals would not fair well in the dome losing the first 2 games before returning to St. Louis, the home of sports betting,. Back in failure territory the Cards thrived winning all 3 games at Busch Stadium. However, the Cards would fall once again the dome losing the last games and the series as the home team won all 7 games.
1988: Beset by injuries all season the sports betting Cardinals never get close to the NL East title, and finish in 5th Place with a 76-86 record.
1989: Although the outlook was bleak when injuries crippled the pitching staff in spring training, the sports betting Cardinals remained in the race until the final week of the season. The Redbirds pulled within a half-game of the division-leading Chicago Cubs with a dramatic come-from-behind win on September 9th, but a 6 game losing streak followed and the Cards sunk to 3rd place on the final day of the season with an 86-76 record.
1990: In the midst of a disappointing 70-92 last place. On July 5th, Manager Whitey Herzog resigned after more than 10 years as the Cards' skipper. Interim manager Red Schoendienst took over until August 2nd when Joe Torre was named manager.
1991: The sports betting Cardinals rebound nicely off their last place season and put together a solid 2nd Place season. However, with an 84-78 record the Cards finish 14 games out of the top perch.
1992: On June 1st the Cards sat in first place, but injuries would take their toll and the Cards dropped to 3rd Place with an 83-79 record.
1993: Mark Whiten cracked a team-high 25 home runs, including four in the second game of a September 7th double-header against the Reds at Cincinnati, thus becoming only the 12th player to accomplish the feat. His 12 RBI in the game tied former Cardinal Jim Bottomley's major league record. The cards would go on to finish the season with an 87-75 record good enough for 3rd Place.
1994: Under realignment the sports betting Cardinals are moved into the newly formed NL Central as the Majors add a 3rd division in each league. However, the season would never be completed as the players went on strike August 12th. When the season was halted the Card were in 3rd place with a record of 53-61.
1995: Despite finishing with a terrible 62-81 record the sports betting Cardinals get some great relief from Tom Henke who wins the fireman award. During the season the team's longtime association with Anheuser-Busch comes to an end as the club is sold to a group of long-time sports betting Cardinals fans led by Fred Hanser, William DeWitt Jr. and Andrew Baur.
1996: With Busch Stadium undergoing a dramatic makeover including a return to real grass, the sports betting Cardinals enter a new era. Taking over the reigns as manager is Tony LaRussa who led the Oakland Athletics to 3 World Series Appearances. The season would also see the return of long-time fan favorite Willie McGee, and the final season of Ozzie Smith at SS. Through Mid-May the Cards sat 9 games below .500. They rebounded with a sweep of the division-rival Astros in Houston, went on to record a 17-10 mark in June and reached the All-Star break tied for the division lead. The race remained close until Labor Day weekend, when the Redbirds swept three games from the first-place Astros to take over the division lead for good, finishing with an 88-74 record. In their first playoff appearance in 9 year, the Cards get off to fats start sweeping the San Diego Padres in the NLDS. In the NLCS the Cards get off to a fast start grabbing a 3-1 off the Atlanta Braves. However, the Cards would unravel and get blown out in the final 3 of games of the series.
1997: After beginning the season with a six-game losing streak, the sports betting Cardinals never climbed above .500 and finished in fourth place with a 73-89 record. Slugger Mark McGwire arrived July 31 and belted 24 home runs as a Cardinal, including 15 in September (a club record for one month). He finished with 58 homers, tying the major league record for right-handed hitters. McGwire became just the fifth player to hit as many as 58 home runs and only the second, next to Babe Ruth, to record 50 or more in consecutive seasons. "Big Mac's" total of 110 homers in 1996 and '97 are the most ever back-to-back by a righty.
1998: Mark McGwire and Chicago Cubs Sammy Sosa battle for history all season long. Early on in the season it was apparent that 1998 would be the year someone would pass Roger Maris' record of 61 HR. Sosa and McGwire would battle back and forth all through out the second half. On September 8th Mark McGwire would pass Roger Maris in front of a Nationwide TV audience, and a sellout crowd at Busch Stadium. Sosa would battle back to tie and take a brief lead. However McGwire would belt 2 HR in each of the last two games to reach a grand total of 70 giving Big Mac the most prestigious single season record in sports. However, despite McGwire's record performance the Cards can only manage an 83-79 record good only for 3rd Place.
1999: Early in the season the sports betting Cardinals were making history with the longball. However, this time it was not Big Mac, instead it was 3B Fernando Tatis who belts 2 Grand Slams in the same inning off Dodgers pitcher Chan Ho Park in an April 23rd game at Los Angeles. Mark McGwire would makes his noise later in the season smashing the 500th HR of his career, and making a late season surge to pass Sammy Sosa again in HR, and led the league with 65. However, the Cards still struggle and finish in 4th Place with a 75-86 record.
2000: The sports betting Cardinals win the Central Division with a 95-67 record, despite losing Mark McGwire for most of the second half to a nagging knee injury. The Cards Division Championship was bolstered by several key off-season moves to land pitchers like Darryl Kile. To fill the void for McGwire the Cards acquire Will Clark near the trade deadline. The acquisition of Clark would help in the NLDS, as he helped lead the Cads in a shocking 3 game sweep of the Atlanta Braves in the NLS. However, the Cards run would end there as they lose the NLCS in 5 games to the New York Mets, while being blanked by Mike Hampton twice.
2001: Through most of the first half the sports betting Cardinals struggled just to keep their heads above water. However, it may have been worse if not for the hitting of rookie Albert Pujols. Pujols who played early in the season only because of Mark McGwire's continued injury problem, earned a spot on the All-Star team, and hit a team rookie record 37 HR on the way to the Rookie of the Year award. In the second half the sports betting Cardinals finally started to play solid baseball and made a push for the playoffs. Their push would finally pay off in September as they tied the Houston Astros for the Division Title with a 93-69 record. However since both teams were in the playoffs, and the Astros won the season series the sports betting Cardinals had to settle for the Wild Card. In the NLDS the Cards battle the Arizona Diamondbacks to a thrilling 5 games in a series dominated by outstanding pitching performances before losing 2-1 in the bottom of 9th of the finale. Following the season Mark McGwire frustrated by injuries would retire after a season in which he hit 29 HR, but batted well below .200.
2002: Going into the season the sports betting Cardinals were among the favorites in the NL. However, injuries too almost the entire pitching caused the sports betting Cardinals to get off to a slow start. However, by June the sports betting Cardinals were starting to get healthy and on June 18th the sports betting Cardinals finally climbed in first place thanks to a stellar outing by Darryl Kile, who was the only starting pitcher to remain healthy early in the season. However the joy would be tempered a bit when long time sports betting Cardinals announcer Jack Buck dies after a battle with cancer. While the city remembered the longtime voice of the sports betting Cardinals no one was prepared for the tragedy that would strike just 4 days later. In Chicago to face the Cubs ten Cards were worried when Darryl Kile didn't show up for the game, sending someone back to the hotel they made the shocking discovery that Kile had died in his sleep. Though only 33 Kile had serve and undetected heart disease. Kile and Buck would not be the only loss in the Cardinal family later in the summer the team would see 1946 World Series hero Enos Slaughter and 1982 World Series hero Darryl Porter both pass away. The sports betting Cardinals would understandable struggle at first but dedicating the rest of the season to their fallen star the sports betting Cardinals would play inspired baseball winning the Central Division going away with a solid record of 97-65. Helping the sports betting Cardinals down the stretch is Scott Rolen who is acquired in a blockbuster deal around the trading deadline. In the NLDS the Cards would get revenge from the previous season by sweeping the defending World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks in 3 straight. However, with Rolen banged up the Cards would be knocked off by the San Francisco Giants in the NLCS in 5 games.
2003: Albert Pujols continued to establish himself as one of the true rising stars in all of baseball by challenging for the Triple Crown all season. Pujols would go on to win the batting crown with a solid .359 average, while finishing 4th in Homers and RBI with 43 and 124. Despite his spectacular season Pujols would have to settle for second in NL MVP voting. With Pujols leading the way the sports betting Cardinals entered the final month in a 3-team race for the NL Central crown, despite their entire pitching staff being it with a rash of injuries that limited ace starter Matt Morris to 27 games and closer Jason Isringhausen to just 40 appearances. The sports betting Cardinals would start September off on the wrong foot dropping 4 of 5 to the Chicago Cubs. The Cards would never recover as they spent the final weeks of the season playing catch up finishing in 3rd place with a record of 85-77.
2004: Armed with the best offense in the National League and a solid pitching staff the sports betting Cardinals were the class of the NL all season grabbing control of the Central Division with a 19-9 June and never looking back, as they established a double digit lead in July and cruised down the stretch posting a MLB best record of 105-57, which was the second highest win total in franchise history, as Albert Pujols, Jim Edmonds and Scott Rolen each had 34 more or more homers, 111 or more RBI, and batted over .300, while starter Jeff Suppan, Chris Carpenter, Jason Marquis and Matt Morris all one at least 15 games, as the sports betting Cardinals 3.75 ERA was ranked second in all of baseball. As they entered the playoffs the sports betting Cardinals were a heavy favorite to get to the World Series as the offensive addition of Larry Walker who hit 11 homers in 44 games with the sports betting Cardinals after being acquired from the Colorado Rockies fit right into the sports betting Cardinals machine. In the NLDS the sports betting Cardinals faced the Los Angeles Dodgers and got off to a quick start winning the first 2 games at home 8-3. After being shutout 4-0 in Game 3 the sports betting Cardinals put the Dodgers away with a solid 6-2 win in Game 4 to advance to the NLCS for the 3rd time in 5 years. In the NLCS the sports betting Cardinals faced a familiar foe in Central Division rival Houston Astros whom they beat by 13 games for the Central Division title in the regular season. In the first 2 games the sports betting Cardinals offense continued to roll as they won the first 2 games by scores of 10-7 and 6-4. However as the series shifted to Houston the sports betting Cardinals ran into a problem as they were handcuffed by Roger Clemens in Game 3. In Game 4 the Cards would jump out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning only to see the Astros rally and win 6-5 to even the series. Game 5 would be a classic pitcher's duel as Woody Williams and Brandon Backe each allowed just 1 hit. Jason Isringhausen would relieve Williams in the 8th and would give the game away in the 9th allowing a 3-run homer to Jeff Kent in the 9th as the Astros took control of the series. As the series returned to Busch Stadium for Game 6 the sports betting Cardinals and Astros went into extra innings where Jim Edmonds homered in the 12th to give the Cards a 6-4 win to force a decisive seventh game. In Game 7 trailing Roger Clemens 2-1 in 6th inning Albert Pujols would deliver a game tying double, before Scott Rolen delivered a 2-run homer to give the sports betting Cardinals the lead for good as they went on to win the game 5-2 to advance to the World Series for the first time in 17 years, as Pujols earned MVP honors by batting .500 with 4 homers as the Cards and Astros combined for a postseason record 24 homers. In the World Series the sports betting Cardinals would face the Boston Red Sox who were flying off an ALCS victory over the New York Yankees in which they became the first team to rally from a 0-3 deficit. Game 1 was another slugfest, as the Red Sox won 11-9 with a Mark Bellhorn home run in the 8th inning. However that would be the last noise made by the sports betting Cardinals bats all series as the Sox took a 2-0 series lead behind Curt Schilling 6-2. Even Busch Stadium could not help get the sports betting Cardinals back into the series as the Sox were just too hot coming off their dramatic comeback. In Game 3 it would be Pedro Martinez who shut down the Cards allowing just 3 hits as the Red Sox won 4-1. The Red Sox would go on to complete the sweep with a 3-0 win in Game 4 as Derrick Lowe and Keith Foulke held the Cards to just 4 hits as the Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years, holding the sports betting Cardinals powerful offense to a .190 average in the Fall Classic.
2005: In the final season of Busch Stadium II the sports betting Cardinals showed little hangover of their disappointing World Series as they once again got off to a strong start and established a big lead in the NL Central as they held a 33-18 record at the end of May. The sports betting Cardinals would hold a double digit division lead most of the season as the cruised to their 4th Division Title in 6 years with a tremendous 100-62 record. However, it was not without its bumps in the road as Scott Rolen was limited to just 56 games with 5 home runs before he was forced to undergo season ending shoulder surgery for a lingering injury from the 2004 playoffs. The loss of Rolen but more of the burden on Albert Pujols, who continued to be one of the most consistent hitters in baseball with a .330 average, 41 homers, and 117 RBI ranking 2nd or 3rd in the NL in each to earn his MVP honors. On the mound the sports betting Cardinals coming into the season had off-season acquisition Mark Mulder penciled in as the ace. However, it was Chris Carpenter who emerged as their best pitcher with a NL best 21-5 record and 2.83 ERA to capture the Cy Young Award. In the playoffs the sports betting Cardinals quickly dispatched an inferior San Diego Padres team in 3 straight as Reggie Sanders had 10 RBI in the 3-Game sweep. Facing the Houston Astros for the second straight year in the NLCS the sports betting Cardinals got off to a fast start winning Game 1 behind Chris Carpenter 5-3. However, in Game 2 the sports betting Cardinals would be frustrated by Roy Oswalt as the series shifted to Houston tied at a game a piece. In Houston the Cards experienced more frustration losing to Roger Clemens 4-3. Needing to win Game 3 to avoid falling behind 3-1 the sports betting Cardinals bats were silenced again trailing 2-1 in the 9th Inning as a frustrated Manager Tony LaRussa and Jim Edmonds were ejected for arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi. The sports betting Cardinals would not go down quietly as they had runners at 1st and 3rd nobody out in the 9th Inning. However Albert Pujols would be thrown out at home on a Reggie Sanders bouncer to 3rd then with 1st and 3rd 1out had the game suddenly end as John Mabry grounded into a Double Play. The stunned sports betting Cardinals continued to real in Game 5 as they trailed 4-2 in the 9th facing elimination, when suddenly they rallied again, and this time won the game on a long 3-run home run by Albert Pujols with 2 outs. However the sports betting Cardinals reprieve would not be carried over as they returned home for Game 6 as they were shut down by Roy Oswalt again losing 5-1 as the Astros went on to the World Series.
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