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Molina joins top four doubles-hitting Cardinals catchers of all time

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is only the fourth catcher in team history to collect 30 doubles in a season.

La Russa-Duncan and 40-year-old hurlers

Looking back at the St. Louis Cardinals’ use of aged pitchers since 1996.

Cardinals past fast finishes

During their long history, the St. Louis Cardinals have come back from some large deficits to take over first place.

Who is this former St. Louis Cardinal?

Help is needed to identify a one-time St. Louis Cardinals player.

La Russa’s last reliever standing

The St. Louis Cardinals used their entire bullpen in Friday night’s loss to Cincinnati. It is a rarer occurrence than you might think.

Keith Hernandez and his overbearing father/hitting coach

An earlier St. Louis Cardinals hitting star relied on his father for regular hitting instruction, like Colby Rasmus is today.

Pujols chasing hit milestones, too

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols is moving up career hit lists while improving his 2011 totals as well.

Bitter blogger Chass rips another Hall of Famer Gibson

Upcoming Curt Flood HBO special serves as Trojan horse for a writer’s attack on an ex-star player.

Baseball by Positions: A great resource

An introduction to a new site that offers a different look at baseball from a historical perspective.

Theriot’s chase of Rajah, The Man and The Machine ends

The 20-game hitting streak of St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Ryan Theriot ended on Wednesday night, short of past team greats.

D-Money chasing Big Mac and The Machine

In terms of crucial RBI for the St. Louis Cardinals, Daniel Descalso’s 2011 start trails only Mark McGwire and Albert Pujols in the last 60 years.

Saying goodbye to another old ballpark

The seats from long-time home of the Arkansas Travelers, Ray Winder Field, were given away last weekend.

Cardinals pitchers log best three-game series since 1972

The St. Louis Cardinals had a trio of unusually well-pitched games this past weekend – their best in almost four decades.

Deep Time Baseball Venues in St. Louis

Our Cardinals Social Media Night contest submissions continue with a look back at old-time ballparks in St. Louis.

Cardinals declines from second place

Looking back at when the St. Louis Cardinals declined from second place one year to a poorer finish the next.

Cardinals seasons going from second place to first

Looking back at when the St. Louis Cardinals improved from second place one year to first place the next.

Losing 20-game winners have not been kind to the Cardinals

While the St. Louis Cardinals have twice experienced the loss of a 20-game winner for the entire next season, neither case turned out well.

Original contracts from Cards Hall of Famers to be auctioned

A group of 36 contracts to go on the block includes ones signed by seven St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famers.

Pags’ squeeze a rare play

Friday night’s suicide squeeze by Matt Pagnozzi was the St. Louis Cardinals’ first in three years.

Carpenter’s complete game an increasingly-rare event

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter collected his 17th complete game for the club, the most over the last decade, but few compared to past greats.

2010, 1924 and the Rajah

In many ways, 1924 was a year like 2010 would later turn out to be for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Cardinals top 20 career multi-home run game leaders

Who is trailing Albert Pujols and Stan Musial with the most multiple-home run games in St. Louis Cardinals history?

Cardinals minor league history being made

St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers posted the system’s highest winning percentage since 1966 and could set a new high in championships, too.

A Historical Look at Garcia’s Gem

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia tossed a three-hit shutout on Sunday. How often has it happened in the last 90 years?

Carpenter builds historic streak against Cincinnati

Putting St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter’s nine consecutive wins against the Cincinnati Reds into historical context.

Westbrook’s first Cardinals start: A historical take

A look at how starting pitchers acquired in deadline deals prior to Jake Westbrook fared for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Great Museums: The National Baseball Hall of Fame

A one-hour video tour of one of nation’s greatest museums, located in Cooperstown, New York.

Stavi’s hot pinch-hit home run pace

Nick Stavinoha is only one short of tying for the most pinch-hit home runs in a season by a Cardinal since Tony La Russa became manager in 1996.

Garcia invokes early memories of another “Lefty”

Of course it is early, but Jaime Garcia’s 2010 start matches that of a couple of Hall of Famers, including one named “Lefty.”

Cardinals quality start streak pushing 1973 run

With another quality start on Monday night in Philadelphia, the St. Louis Cardinals rotation would establish their longest string of quality starts since 1973.

Lohse adds to list of Cardinals tough-luck starts

Kyle Lohse deserved a win on Saturday after tossing seven innings of one-run ball for the St. Louis Cardinals, but instead took a no-decision.

Rasmus’ unusual run-scoring day

On Thursday, St. Louis’ Colby Rasmus did something only four other Cardinals in team history had accomplished in a single game.

Freese’s six RBI in historical context

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese drove in six runs against the Atlanta Braves Thursday afternoon. We tell you how unique that is.

Penny matches Wainwright stingy streak

Two St. Louis Cardinals hurlers have current runs of four starts of seven innings or more and two or fewer earned runs. The last time it was done even once to start a season was in 1973.

Wainwright extends streak to four in Saturday loss

Three St. Louis Cardinals starters are working on pitching streaks of six innings or more while allowing two or fewer runs.

Carp’s 10K report

Chris Carpenter added his name to an exclusive list on Thursday night with his second consecutive ten-strikeout game for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Cardinals starting streak broken at seven; not close to record

The St. Louis Cardinals’ run of seven consecutive starts of seven innings or more allowing two or fewer runs ended Tuesday night in Arizona. The team record may be 12, set in 1944.

Penny extends Cardinals starting streak to seven

The St. Louis Cardinals are working on run of seven consecutive starts of seven innings or more allowing two or fewer runs.

Wainwright extends Cardinals best streak in almost a quarter century

With his complete game on Sunday, St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright extended the team’s streak of seven or more innings pitched while allowing two or fewer earned runs to six games, longest since 1986.

Garcia extends Cardinals best starting streak since 1993

The St. Louis Cardinals are working on run of five consecutive starts of seven innings allowing two or fewer runs.

Lopez’ and Carpenter’s Friday feats

Felipe Lopez and Chris Carpenter powered the Cardinals to a comeback win over the Mets Friday. Each man’s feat was notable in the context of team history.

The Cardinals’ Mike Leakes

Brothers Lindy and Von McDaniel along with Bob L. Miller joined the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1950’s without playing in the minor leagues first.

Pujols’ four runs scored put him in elite company

When he crossed the plate four times on opening day, Albert Pujols tied for the fourth-most such games in St. Louis Cardinals history.

Long-living former Cardinals

Stan Musial isn’t the oldest or even second-oldest former St. Louis Cardinals player living. The latter is the relatively-unknown Freddie Schmidt.

Current Cardinals heritage spans eight decades

Those working for and around the St. Louis Cardinals today reach back to the 1940’s.

When Musial didn’t wear number 6

A search through baseball history is underway to identify a most unusual Stan Musial photo.

Breadon outshines Busch and DeWitt as Cardinals owner

Passed over in the Hall of Fame veterans committee vote was the winningest St. Louis Cardinals owner ever, Sam Breadon.

Don’t retire Herzog’s number – a different approach

Rather than retiring the number of every new Hall of Famer, the St. Louis Cardinals need a two-tiered system.

Herzog follows top Cardinals managers to Cooperstown

Whitey Herzog and the other six most-winning St. Louis Cardinals managers in club history are either in or locks for the Hall of Fame.

Ballpark Village holding Cardinals Museum hostage

St. Louis Cardinals history remains in mothballs while development project flounders.

Breadon among deserving Hall of Fame candidates

The St. Louis Cardinals owner during a record period of prosperity is being considered for election to Baseball’s Hall of Fame.

Cardinals top minor league manager – Chris Maloney

No Cardinals minor league skipper with at least six years of service has won a higher percentage of regular season games than Chris Maloney.

Tough Friday defeat invokes memories of past 1-0 Cardinals losses

Looking back at recent 1-0 St. Louis Cardinals defeats, including Friday’s game with Atlanta

Top Cardinals minor league managers – 1966 to present

Re-starting an earlier series by reviewing the top St. Louis Cardinals minor league managers in a number of statistical categories

Carpenter approaching Gibson superiority

Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter’s win, low hits allowed and strikeout rates are now in Bob Gibson territory. That is a pretty rare place, indeed.

Pineiro misses 15th win but top starting trio close to history

Joel Pineiro is striving to join two St. Louis Cardinals teammates with 15 or more wins. It would be just the 21st time for the franchise since 1901.

For Ludwick, five and five is a serious number

On Friday, Cardinals outfielder Ryan Ludwick had five hits and five RBI, a rare combination

Can the Cardinals sweep 2009 NL individual awards?

The 2009 St. Louis Cardinals have serious contenders for each of the major National League individual awards. To pull it off, they would have to go where no team has gone before.

Trever Miller time is strikeout time

The St. Louis Cardinals left-hander is sitting down opposing hitters at a historic rate.

1800’s AA player stats ok, but team stats are not

The Cardinals don’t recognize 10,000 wins, but the records set by their players during their early, unrecognized years are in the books

Smoltz’ fast Cardinals start approaches… Andy Rincon?

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher John Smoltz has gotten out of the blocks quickly with his new team – almost as fast as did Andy Rincon back in 1980.

Not recognizing 10,000 wins ignores American Association

The Cardinals aren’t the only club to not recognize play during the 1880s while in the American Association, but not doing so muddies the historical water

Cardinals assert team history began in 1892

Controversy over 10,000th win drives explanation by Cardinals organization

Rasmus youngest to share Cardinals walk-off record

22-year-old Colby Rasmus already has two walk-off home runs this season, tying the franchise record

Molina approaching Cards catching single-season steals leaders

The Cardinals post-1932 franchise season record for stolen bases by a catcher is held by three men. Believe it or not, Yadier Molina is approaching – fast.

Carpenter’s historic strikeout-to-walk ratio

In 2009, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter is delivering the best season in franchise history in terms of strikeout-to-walk ratio

Cardinals spring training demographics

Who attends St. Louis Cardinals spring training games and how often do they do it?

Pujols: 100 is a serious number

On Saturday, Albert Pujols drove in his 100th run of the season, again.

DeRosa: Long balls at a record pace

New Cardinals third baseman Mark DeRosa has eight home runs in his first 22 games with the team

Pujols: Extra bases in bunches

Albert Pujols has two games with multiple extra-base hits this week, something he has done with great frequency

Cardinals quiz of the day: August 6, 2009

Who is the only St. Louis Cardinal to drive in seven runs in a game without the benefit of a home run?

When Houston was on the Cardinals’ side

Calling out a pair of excellent articles by Houstonian Bill McCurdy that look back at some notable players from the Cardinals’ affiliate in Houston. Yes, THAT Houston.

Pujols moves up on list of Cards last at-bat winning hits

Albert Pujols’ last at-bat game-winning hit on Wednesday was the 28th of his career

MLB needs to respect Hall of Fame inductions

Why does Major League Baseball play a full slate of games during their annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony?

Pineiro carries the load

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Joel Pineiro carried his club to a win with his arm and his bat on Sunday.

Carp’s scoreless games can’t touch Gibby

Chris Carpenter’s 12th scoreless eight-inning outing Friday night puts him “just” 55 behind the great Bob Gibson

Pujols’ 2009 multi-homer games approach Big Mac land

With two more multiple home run games, Albert Pujols would tie Mark McGwire for the most in a Cardinals season

Cardinals Triple-A All-Star Game history

Jess Todd is the Cardinals organization’s 38th player named to the Triple-A All-Star Game since its 1988 inception.

Pineiro: Quietly Effective

Joel Pineiro’s complete game three-hitter against Milwaukee on Thursday wasn’t his first such gem this season.

Pujols does it for the 15th time: five RBI

Albert Pujols put the St. Louis Cardinals on his back again on Friday night in Cincinnati.

Where have the Cardinals walk-offs gone?

After averaging eight walk-offs per season, the St. Louis Cardinals have just one here in 2009.

Carpenter’s streaks end

Chris Carpenter’s six runs on 11 hits on Tuesday broke an impressive run of pitching.

Bob Gibson: “Who will buy my memories?”

Former St. Louis Cardinals great Bob Gibson is selling his baseball memorabilia at auction.

Cards and their fans get “Super Freaked”

On Monday night, the Giants’ Tim Lincecum dominated the Cardinals – again.

Cardinals in-season trades since 1964

Going back to Lou Brock for Ernie Broglio (and others), we have St. Louis Cardinals trades made during the season.

Cardinals vs. Twins – Regular season history

The St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Twins have met 15 times in the regular season prior to this weekend. Kyle Lohse had the last start for the Twins – in 2001.

Pineiro delivers career-best outing

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Joel Pineiro shut out the New York Mets on two hits Tuesday.

Carpenter extends stingy streak

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter has gone ten games and counting without allowing more than six hits or three runs.

First Cards home run trifecta in almost two years

Until Friday, the St. Louis Cardinals hadn’t hit three home runs in an inning since July of 2007.

Rasmus among youngest Cards with four hits in a game

With four hits on Friday, Colby Rasmus is only the 15th youngest Cardinal since 1954 to accomplish the feat.

Pujols: one-man home run band

Albert Pujols tied the second-longest home run streak for the St. Louis Cardinals since 1954 until broken on Tuesday.

Pujols approaching Cards consecutive home run mark

On Saturday, Albert Pujols slammed consecutive home runs for his 27th time as a Cardinal.

Cards high-walk games occurring at record pace

The 2009 St. Louis Cardinals pitching staff is issuing walks in large groups with high frequency.

Carpenter’s current streak approaches Gibson in 1968

Chris Carpenter can tie a 41-year-old St. Louis Cardinals record with a fifth consecutive shutout start on Saturday.

More on Cardinals stinginess streaks

Curious about the best St. Louis pitching performances over five games and more during the last 50 years? If so, it’s right here!

The Milwaukee Cardinals?

The St. Louis Cardinals almost moved to Milwaukee in 1953. How might it have changed the face of the game?

Book review: “St. Louis Cardinals Past & Present”

A new photographic essay by Doug Feldmann covers the Cardinals’ rich history.

La Russa’s coaching legacy: Part two

The Cardinals manager’s staffs have been very static in recent years. It is a two-edged sword.

Where is La Russa’s legacy being passed? – Part one

Should the extent of a coach’s tree be a part of how he is assessed with the greats?

Los cincos de los Cardenales de San Luis

On Cinco de Mayo, a quick run through some of the players who have worn the number “5” for the St. Louis Cardinals over the years.