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Rasmus youngest to share Cardinals walk-off record


In the history of the franchise, no St. Louis Cardinals player has ever hit three walk-off home runs in the same season.

A single player had two game-ending long balls in one year two dozen different times over the years. Stan Musial did it in three different seasons, Jim Edmonds did too. So has Albert Pujols.

Mark McGwire managed the feat only once. Now, Colby Rasmus has joined them.

Of the now 25 occurrences, Rasmus is the youngest in terms of calendar years at the age of 22 and tied for youngest in terms of Major League Baseball experience. Bill Virdon was also a rookie when he hit two walk-off home runs for the 1955 Cardinals.

Rasmus’ second walk-off in his first season was also the most recent appearance by the San Diego Padres Friday’s starting pitcher Clayton Richard. Last Sunday in St. Louis, the Cardinals outfielder homered with one out in the bottom of the ninth against Padres closer Heath Bell, ending the game and cementing the series sweep.

There is still time for Rasmus to hit his third in 2009 and re-write the record book in his very first season. Who knows? Maybe he will do it against Richard or Bell on Friday.

Two walk-off home runs in a season, Cardinals history

Age Yrs Game 1 Inn Opp Score BI Final Game 2 Inn Opp Score BI Final
Pepper Martin 29 5 5/22/1933 10 Bos 0-0 3 3-0 7/29/1933 10 ChC 6-6 3 9-6
Joe Medwick 25 6 6/19/1937 9 Bos 4-5 3 7-5 7/27/1937 9 NYG 8-8 1 9-8
Stan Musial 25 5 7/14/1946 12 Bro 1-1 1 2-1 8/22/1946 12 Phi 6-6 1 7-6
Erv Dusak 25 3 7/16/1946 9 Bro 2-4 3 5-4 9/24/1946 10 Cin 1-1 1 2-1
Stan Musial 27 7 8/26/1948 9 NYG 5-5 2 7-5 8/28/1948 12 NYG 4-4 1 5-4
Enos Slaughter 36 12 6/1/1952 9 NYG 7-7 1 8-7 9/6/1952 10 Pit 4-4 3 7-4
Bill Virdon 24 R 4/14/1955 11 Mil 7-7 1 8-7 5/10/1955 10 Phi 3-3 2 5-3
Joe Cunningham 25 3 7/28/1957 11 Pit 8-8 1 9-8 7/30/1957 9 SF 3-3 4 7-3
Ken Boyer 27 4 5/31/1958 12 SF 9-9 1 10-9 6/11/1958 12 Cin 2-2 1 3-2
Stan Musial 38 18 5/7/1959 9 ChC 3-3 1 4-3 8/7/1959 9 Phi 1-1 2 3-1
Ken Boyer 30 7 8/8/1961 9 Cin 5-5 1 6-5 9/14/1961 11 ChC 5-5 1 6-5
Darrell Porter 32 14 5/20/1984 9 Cin 1-2 2 3-2 7/18/1984 11 SF 4-4 4 8-4
Jack Clark 31 13 6/18/1987 10 Pit 6-6 2 8-6 7/10/1987 13 SF 3-3 2 7-5
Ray Lankford 27 5 5/10/1994 11 ChC 6-6 1 7-6 6/4/1994 9 SF 1-1 1 2-1
Tom Pagnozzi 33 10 6/1/1996 10 Hou 4-4 1 5-4 7/21/1996 10 ChC 5-5 1 6-5
Willie McGee 38 16 4/8/1997 9 Mon 1-1 1 2-1 7/2/1997 10 Min 1-1 1 2-1
Mark McGwire 34 14 4/2/1998 12 LA 5-5 3 8-5 7/11/1998 11 Hou 2-3 2 4-3
Jim Edmonds 30 8 9/1/2000 9 NYM 5-5 1 6-5 9/3/2000 9 NYM 3-3 1 4-3
Jim Edmonds 33 11 5/1/2003 10 NYM 5-5 1 6-5 8/21/2003 9 Pit 3-3 3 6-3
Albert Pujols 23 3 7/12/2003 11 Pit 7-7 2 9-7 9/20/2003 13 Hou 2-2 1 3-2
Albert Pujols 24 4 6/18/2004 10 Cin 3-3 1 4-3 8/4/2004 9 Mon 4-4 1 5-4
Jim Edmonds 34 12 4/29/2004 13 Phi 4-4 1 5-4 10/20/2004* 12 Hou 4-4 2 6-4
Albert Pujols 26 6 4/16/2006 9 Cin 6-7 2 8-7 7/13/2006 14 LA 2-2 1 3-2
Ryan Ludwick 29 6 5/17/2008 10 TB 8-8 1 9-8 8/5/2008 11 LA 4-4 2 6-4
Colby Rasmus 22 R 7/1/2009 10 SF 1-1 1 2-1 8/16/2009 9 SD 4-5 2 7-5

* Post-season

Thanks to Tom Orf for the base stats above.

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