Friday, May 31, 2013

May 31,1985: Danny Cox Shuts Down The Reds

On May 31, 1985, in front of a home crowd at Busch Stadium, Danny Cox retired the first 23 Cincinnati Reds batters he faced before giving up a single with two outs in the eighth inning. Cox's bid for perfection was broken up by Dave Concepcion, then Ron Oester got on board with another single before Cox got out of the eighth inning jam. He retired the side 1-2-3 in the ninth and the Cardinals cruised to a 5-0 win over the Redlegs.  1985 was a career year for Cox, he went 18-9 with an impressive 2.88 era on the season.

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May 30, 1976: Kessinger Come Through For The Redbirds

On May 30, 1976, down 5-2 heading into the ninth inning at Shea Stadium in New York, Don Kessinger broke out of an 0 for 20 slump with the game tying rbi that would end up sending the game into extra innings. Kessinger came up big again with a sacrifice fly in the 11th to put the Cards up 6-5, the run would prove to be the game winner after Al Hrabosky took care of business in the bottom of the 11th. It was the second consecutive decision for Hrabosky and the win completed a 3 game sweep over the Mets.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

May 29, 1963: Bill White Hits A Walkoff In The 10th

On May 29, 1963, Bill White provided the heroics for the Cardinals with a walk off home run in the bottom of the tenth inning to give the Birds a 3-2 victory over the visiting Houston Colt 45s. The Cardinals First baseman parked a career high 27 balls over the wall that '63 season and also led the league in plate appearances with 726 trips to the dish.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

May 28, 1950: Garagiola Hits A First Inning Grand Salami

On May 28, 1950, at Crosley Field in Cincinnati, Ohio, Joe Garagiola started the second game of a doubleheader against the Reds with a bang. The Cardinals catcher cleared'em all with a Grand Slam off Ewell Blackwell, at that point the Reds Manager Luke Sewell  had seen enough and yanked his starter in the first inning. The Cards would cruise to a 7-2 win to cap off a perfect day, they won the first contest 6-2.

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Monday, May 27, 2013

May 27, 1934: Dizzy Beats'em With His Bat

On May 27, 1934, at the Baker Bowl in Philadelphia, Dizzy Dean broke up a 2-2 tie with a solo shot in the tenth inning of a contest against the Phillies. The Redbirds tacked on two more runs and would go onto win the contest 5-2. Dizzy not only provided some home run heroics, he picked up his sixth win of the young season. He would go on to win a grand total of 30 games that year and to this day he is the last National League pitcher to accomplish the feat. While he was best known for what he did on the hill, Dean was no slouch at the plate he hit 8 dingers in his career and carried a .225 career average.

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

May 26, 1991: Pagnozzi Drives In 6

On May 26, 1991, the Cardinals offense exploded as they collected 23 hits in a  14-4 beatdown of the Mets at Shea Stadium in New York. Tom Pagnozzi led the charge for the Redbirds by knocking in 6 runs on a triple, a double, and two singles. Pags was hardly known for his bat but it was sure workin that day at Shea. He knocked in a career high 57 runs and took home his first Gold Glove Award in that '91 season.

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

May 25, 1966: Curt Flood Hits The First Grand Slam At The New Busch Stadium

On May 25, 1966, the floodgates opened in the 7th inning for the Cardinals as they scored 7 runs in the frame on the way to a 9-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs at the newly opened Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis. The biggest hit of the inning came off the bat of Curt Flood, who hit the first Grand Slam in the history of the new ballpark.