The #Cubs beat the #Cardinals, 5 – 3, at Wrigley Field, as Ernie Banks hits his 400th home run off Curt Simmons in the 3rd. Simmons served up the 400th home run of Willie Mays in 1963. Banks will end the season with 28 home runs and 106 RBI.
The #Cardinals are back in first place, beating the #Cubs in a game interrupted by a fight between former teammates Dizzy Dean and Tex Carleton. Both were fined $25 by Ford Frick, the National League president.
Young Dizzy Dean of the St. Louis Cardinals faces the Boston Braves and 40-year-old Babe Ruth. Dean walks Ruth in his first at-bat, then with two strikes on the Bambino, waves his outfielders back and throws a fastball down the middle that Ruth misses for a strikeout. Dean wins the game, 7 – 0, and in his first at bat, hits a…
1959 The San Francisco Giants clear space for future Hall of Fame players Orlando Cepeda and Willie McCovey by trading first baseman Bill White to the St. Louis Cardinals. Cepeda won the 1958 National League Rookie of the Year Award after batting .312 with 25 home runs and 96 RBI.
In a battle of Irish managers on St. Patrick’s Day, the St. Louis Cardinals of Bob O’Farrell beat the New York Giants of John McGraw, 3 – 0, in a Grapefruit League contest. Cardinals manager O’Farrell also clouts a home run.
1948 Stan Musial ends his holdout with the St. Louis Cardinals and signs a one-year contract for $31,000. Musial, who in 1947 batted .312 with 19 home runs and 95 RBI, will lead the National League with a .376 batting average and 131 RBI this season.
Hall of Fame pitcher Jerome “Dizzy” Dean is born in Lucas, AR. Dean will make his debut in 1930 with the St. Louis Cardinals and will win 150 games over a 12-year career with the Cardinals, Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Browns. He is enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 1953.
Slugger Bob Horner returns to MLB on a one-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. Horner played the 1987 season with the Yakult Swallows of the Japanese Central League, as collusion reduced demand for his services in MLB to nothing. With St. Louis, Horner will replace Jack Clark at first base.
National League MVP goes to fielding wiz SS Marty Marion of the Cardinals. The St. Louis team committed only 112 errors and fielded .982. Marion is the third different Cardinals player in 3 years to win MVP honors (following Mort Cooper & Stan Musial).