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    Aug 28, 2006 - Behind Esteban Loaiza’s 7 shutout innings the A's roll over the visiting Red Sox, 9-0. Nick Swisher and Frank Thomas each pole their 28th homers. For Thomas it is career #476, putting him in the 23rd spot on the all-time list ahead of Stan Musial and Willie Stargell.

    Aug 23, 2003 - The Phillies beat the Cardinals‚ 9-4‚ in the process ending Albert Pujols' hitting streak at 30 games. It is the longest streak in the ML this season‚ and ties him with Stan Musial for the second-longest in St. Louis history. Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby hit in 33 straight games for the Cardinals' record. Pujols will go hitless in his next 13 at bats.

    Oct 7, 2001 - The Cubs lose to the Pirates in their final game of the season‚ 4-3‚ but they become the first team in ML history to not allow an opposing pitcher to throw a complete game against them all season. Sosa closes out 2001 with his 64th homer in his final at-bat of the game and sets a new franchise record with 98 extra base hits‚ one more than Hack Wilson smacked in 1930. He also finishes with another franchise record of 425 total bases‚ the 7th best all-time total‚ 2 ahead of Wilson‚ and the most in the majors since Stan Musial's 429 in 1948. His 160 RBIs is the highest total in the NL since Chuck Klein knocked in 170 in 1930; Sammy's RBI total for the past 4 years also breaks Klein's 4-year mark set in 1929-32. To finish out the record day‚ 5 Cubs pitchers combine for 12 strikeouts as the staff sets a Major League record with 1‚246 strikeouts. The Yankees do the same‚ setting an AL mark with 1‚266 strikeouts.

    Apr 2, 2001 - The Giants Livan Hernandez beats the Padres‚ 3-2‚ with relief help from Robb Nen‚ who K's the side in the 9th. Barry Bonds homers for the Giants. Tony Gwynn's 8th inning RBI-single is his 3‚110th hit‚ tying him with Dave Winfield for 17th place on the all-time hit list. With his start today‚ Gwynn becomes the 5th player in NL history to spend 20+ years while playing his entire career with one team. The others are: Cap Anson; 1871-97 Cubs (five years in the National Association); Mel Ott: 1926-47 Giants; Stan Musial: 1941-44‚ 1946-63 Cardinals; Willie Stargell: 1962-82 Pirates.

    Oct 2, 1999 - In a 3-2 Yankee win by David Cone over Tampa Bay‚ Bernie Williams draws his 100th walk of the year. He is the first player since Stan Musial (1948‚ 1953) to reach 200 hits‚ 100 runs‚ 100 RBI‚ and 100 walks in a season. Bernie finishes with 202: 116: 115: 100 respectively.

    May 13, 1997 - Eddie Murray gets 2 hits in Anaheim's 8-7 win over the White Sox. The game is the 3‚000th of Murray's career‚ making him only the 6th player in history to reach that mark. Pete RoseCarl YastrzemskiHank AaronTy Cobb‚ and Stan Musial are the others.

    Feb 8, 1996 - Dave Winfield announces his retirement after 23 seasons. The 12-time All Star joins Hank AaronWillie Mays and Stan Musial as the only players with 3‚000 hits and 400 home runs.

    Aug 4, 1993 - OF Tony Gwynn of the Padres gets 6 hits in SD's 11-10 win over the Giants. It is the 4th time this season he has 5 or more hits in a game‚ tying a major league record set by Wee Willie Keeler in 1897‚ and equaled by Ty Cobb and Stan Musial.

    Nov 19, 1986 - Phillies 3B Mike Schmidt wins the NL MVP Award‚ joining Stan Musial and Roy Campanella as the only 3-time winners. Schmidt led the NL with 37 HRs and 119 RBI.

    Jun 20, 1982 - Phillies Pete Rose plays in his 3‚000th ML game (a 3-1 loss to the Pirates)‚ joining Ty CobbStan MusialHank Aaron‚ and Carl Yastrzemski as the only players to reach that plateau.

    Aug 10, 1981 - After a 2-month wait‚ Pete Rose finally breaks Stan Musial's NL hit record‚ singling off Mark Littell in Philadelphia's 7-3 loss to St. Louis. Rose now has 3‚631 career hits. A crowd of 60‚561 cheers his 8th inning hit.

    Jun 10, 1981 - Phillies 1B Pete Rose singles off Nolan Ryan in the first inning to tie Stan Musial as the NL's all-time hit leader with 3‚630‚ then strikes out in his next 3 at bats. Rose's single is the only hit off Ryan until the 8th inning‚ when Philadelphia scores 5 times for a 5-4 win over Houston.

    May 25, 1981 - Carl Yastrzemski plays in his 3‚000th ML game‚ scoring the winning run in Boston's 8-7 triumph over Cleveland. Yaz joins Ty CobbStan Musial‚ and Hank Aaron as the only major leaguers to appear in 3‚000 games.

    Aug 1, 1972 - Nate Colbert ties one ML record with 5 HRs‚ and sets another with 13 RBI‚ as the Padres take a doubleheader from the Braves 9-0 and 11-7. At age 8‚ on May 2‚ 1954‚ Colbert had been at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis to witness Stan Musial hitting 5 HRs in a doubleheader.

    May 30, 1971 - Willie Mays hits his 638th career HR for the Giants‚ adding in the process his NL record 1‚950th run scored. Stan Musial had been the record holder with 1‚949 runs. The Giants beat Montreal‚ 5-4.

    Jun 29, 1969 - On Billy Williams Day in Chicago‚ the Cubs outfielder passes Stan Musial's NL record for consecutive games played (896). The Cubs sweep the Cardinals 3-1 and 12-1 before 41‚060.

    Jan 21, 1969 - Stan Musial and Roy Campanella are voted into the Hall of Fame by BBWAA members.

    Aug 4, 1968 - In pre-game ceremonies at Busch Stadium honoring him‚ Stan Musial is joined by his 1941 Cardinal teammates. a 10-foot bronze statue of Musial at is unveiled at one of the Stadium entrances. The crowd of 47‚445 then watch as Bob Gibson battles the Cubs for 12 innings before Chicago P Lee Elia singles home the winning run in the 13th. Cubs win 6-5.

    Dec 5, 1967 - Stan Musial resigns as GM of the Cardinals and is replaced by Bing Devine. Musial remains a senior veep.

    Jan 23, 1967 - Stan Musial is named GM of the Cards and‚ in his only year as GM‚ will help guide them to a WS win.

    Sep 29, 1963 - On Stan Musial Day in St. Louis‚ The Man has 2 hits‚ giving him an NL career total of 3‚630. His 1st hit is a 4th inning single past 2B Pete Rose. After his 2nd hit off Jim Maloney‚ driving in his 1‚951st run‚ Musial retires for a pinch runner as 27‚576 roar their approval. Rose has 3 hits in the game but the Cards beat the Reds in 14 innings‚ 3-2.

    Sep 25, 1963 - Stan Musial is named a vice president of the Cardinals by owner August Busch. His number 6 is retired.

    Sep 10, 1963 - Stan Musial hits a HR in his first at bat as a grandfather‚ and Bob Gibson (17-8) blanks the Cubs 8-0.

    Aug 12, 1963 - Stan Musial announces he will retire at the end of the year.

    Jul 28, 1963 - Chicago Dick Ellsworth strikes out 10 Cardinals‚ including Stan Musial 3 times‚ in a 5-1 win.

    Jul 9, 1963 - Willie Mays is held to a single‚ but dominates a 5-3 NL win in the All-Star Game. He also walks‚ steals twice‚ scores twice‚ bats in a pair‚ and makes a great catch. It is Stan Musial's 24th All-Star appearance‚ a record. Musial's teammates comprise the starting infield for the NL: 1B Bill White‚ 2B Julian Javier‚ SS Dick Groat‚ and 3B Ken Boyer. Javier was chosen as the replacement for Pittsburgh's injured 2B‚ Bill Mazeroski.

    May 8, 1963 - A Stan Musial HR against the Dodgers gives him 1‚357 extra-base hits‚ surpassing Babe Ruth's ML record. He will get 20 more and permanent possession of 2nd place lifetime. The Cards lose 11-5.

    Nov 6, 1962 - Answering rumors that senior consultant Rickey wants Stan Musial to retire‚ Cardinals owner August Busch says The Man will play until it is time to become a club vice president. Further‚ Bing Devine is still running the club.

    Sep 27, 1962 - The Cardinals sidetrack the Giants‚ 7-4‚ as Gene Oliver contributes a 3-run HR and Stan Musial goes 5-for-5.

    Sep 2, 1962 - Stan Musial's 3‚516th hit jumps him over Tris Speaker and into 2nd place behind Ty Cobb‚ but the Mets beat the Cards 4-3. Although The Man will continue on to 3‚630 hits‚ he cannot overtake Cobb and‚ in time‚ Pete Rose and Hank Aaron will surpass him as well.

    Jul 25, 1962 - Stan Musial becomes the NL's all-time leader in runs batted in with 1‚862‚ driving in both of the Cardinal runs in a 5-2 loss to the Dodgers.

    Jul 21, 1962 - Houston P Dick Farrell admits to having thrown a spitball to Stan Musial in the previous day's game against the Cardinals.

    Jul 8, 1962 - With HRs in his first 3 at bats‚ 41-year-old Stan Musial of the Cardinals not only becomes the oldest player to hit 3 in a game but also ties the ML record of 4 straight HRs‚ as the Cards whip the Mets 15-1. His HR in the 2nd game the day before won the game 3-2.

    Jun 22, 1962 - Stan Musial becomes the all-time total-base leader‚ raising his total to 5‚864‚ in the first game against the Phillies. St. Louis wins the opener 7-3 but loses the nightcap 11-3.

    May 19, 1962 - Stan Musial gets hit number 3‚431‚ to break Honus Wagner's recognized NL record of 3‚430 (since revised to 3‚418)‚ as St. Louis downs the Dodgers 8-1. Musial's 9th-inning single comes off Ron Perranoski.

    May 6, 1962 - At Cincinnati‚ the Cards salvage a nitecap win‚ 3-0‚ when Stan Musial blasts a 3-run HR in the 9th off Drabowsky. Gibson is the winner. The Reds win the opener‚ 5-4. Musial also sets a record for most games played‚ appearing in his 2‚786th and 2787th.

    Apr 13, 1962 - Stan Musial scores his 1‚869th run-a new NL record. The Cardinals beat the Cubs 8-5 in 15 innings.

    Jun 23, 1961 - At home‚ the Cards win 10-5 over the Giants. With 2 HRs‚ Stan Musial passes Lou Gehrig on the all-time list for extra-bases hits. Babe Ruth remains first.

    Jul 13, 1960 - Vern Law becomes the 2nd Pirate to win a 1960 All-Star Game‚ working 2 scoreless innings. Stan Musial comes off the NL bench and hits his record 6th and last All-Star Game HR. Willie MaysKen Boyer‚ and Eddie Mathews also homer in the 6-0 NL win‚ the 3rd shutout in All-Star Game history.

    May 20, 1960 - Love that home cooking. The Cards‚ 2-17 on the road‚ win their 10th in 13 decisions at home‚ beating the Reds and starter Jim O'Toole‚ 6-1. With the bases loaded‚ Stan Musial hits a line drive back at Cincy reliever Joe Nuxhall‚ who deliberately drops the ball in order to start a DP. The umps rule Nuxhall did it on purpose and Musial is out. The runners return to their bases. Jackson is the winner.

    Apr 29, 1960 - In St. Louis‚ the Cards crush the Cubs‚ 16-6. Stan Musial plays his 1‚000th game at 1B‚ becoming the first player ever with that many at 2 positions (1‚513 in the outfield). A bright spot for the Cubs is Ernie Banks hitting 2 homers to break Gabby Hartnett's club record of 231 HRs.

    Jan 21, 1960 - Stan Musial asks for‚ and receives‚ a pay cut from $100‚000 to $80‚000 a year. Musial says he was overpaid in 1957 and 1958‚ and his salary should be cut‚ based on his performance in 1959.

    Aug 10, 1959 - Ken Boyer of the Cardinals begins a 29-game hitting streak‚ the longest since Stan Musial's 30-games in 1950. The Giants score 3 in the 9th to win 3-2.

    Jun 30, 1959 - At Wrigley‚ a bizarre play occurs in the 4th inning when two balls are put into play. On a 3-1 count‚ Bob Anderson's pitch to Stan Musial is wild and bounces back to the screen. Catcher Sammy Taylor ignores the ball‚ assuming it ticked off Musial's bat‚ but Cubs 3B Alvin Dark rushes in to retrieve the wild pitch/foul tip. The bat boy tosses the ball to field announcer Pat Piper‚ and Dark finally retrieves it from him. Meanwhile home plate ump Vic Delmore has handed a second ball to Anderson. Through all this‚ Musial reaches first with what he thinks is ball four‚ and then streaks for 2B. Simultaneously‚ Dark and Anderson fire to the bag. Anderson's throw goes into CF‚ but Dark's to Banks catches the sliding Musial. Stan ignores the tag and rambles to 3B as play is stopped. Delmore then rules Musial is out at 2B‚ while Al Barlick rules Stan safe at 1B. Both managers play the game under protest‚ but the Cards drop theirs after dropping the Cubs‚ 4-1. The NL will drop Vic Delmore at the end of the season.

    Apr 21, 1959 - Stan Musial breaks up another no-hitter. His 7th-inning double off Glen Hobbie is the Cards' only safety in a 1-0 loss to the Cubs.

    Apr 18, 1959 - Jack Sanford of the Giants allows only a 7th-inning bloop single to pinch hitter Stan Musial in beating St. Louis 8-1 in San Francisco. The Cards score in the first on 3 walks‚ a hit batter‚ and a wild pitch. Cepeda hits his 5th HR in 4 games.

    May 13, 1958 - With his pinch double in Wrigley Field off Moe DrabowskyStan Musial of the Cardinals becomes the 8th hitter in history to get 3‚000 hits. The Cards win‚ 5-3.

    Jan 29, 1958 - Stan Musial signs with the Cardinals for an NL record $100‚000.

    Nov 14, 1957 - The AP names Hank Aaron as the 1957 NL MVP with 239 votes. Stan Musial is a close 2nd with 230‚ and Red Schoendienst is 3rd with 221.

    Aug 22, 1957 - Stan Musial‚ swinging at a 4th-inning pitch‚ tears a muscle and chips a bone‚ ending his consecutive-game streak. Four days later he will pinch-run in a game suspended on July 21st‚ officially giving him 895 consecutive games played. The Redbirds win today‚ 6-5‚ with the win being given to Cards reliever Billy Muffett 4 innings of shut out ball. Jackson was leading when replaced by Muffett‚ who pitches brilliantly and is rewarded by the scorer with the win. NL Prexy Giles will reverse the ump's decision and give the win back to Jackson.

    Aug 1, 1957 - Stan Musial hits 2 homers and 2 singles to drive in 4 runs as the Cards defeat the Giants‚ 80. Jones is the winner over Antonelli. The homers give Musial 1‚140 extra base hits‚ moving him into 3rd place on the all-time list behind Ruth and Gehrig.

    Jun 28, 1957 - By stuffing the ballot box‚ Cincinnati fans elect 8 Redlegs as starters in the All-Star Game. Over protests from Reds fans‚ Commissioner Ford Frick names Stan MusialWillie Mays‚ and Hank Aaron to replace Reds Gus BellGeorge Crowe‚ and Wally Post in the starting lineup. In the final vote tally‚ Musial is the only non-Redleg who would have started. Bell will be added as a substitute.

    Jun 22, 1957 - At St. Louis‚ Stan Musial homers in the 8th to tie the score‚ but the Dodgers score 2 in the 9th on back to back triples by Reese and Snider off Mizell to win‚ 6-4. Gil Hodges has a 3-run homer for the Brooks. Don Newcombe holds on for his 12th straight win over the Cards going back to 1951‚ but the Cards hold on to 1st place by a game.

    Jun 12, 1957 - Cardinal Stan Musial plays in his 823rd game for a new NL consecutive-game streak‚ beating Gus Suhr's record. Larry Jackson beats the Phils 4-0 to improve his record to 8-2; he has now beaten every NL team this season.

    Apr 16, 1957 - In the season opener at Cincinnati‚ Stan Musial raps out 4 hits‚ including 2 doubles‚ to lead the Cardinals to a 13-4 win. Cards' rookie B.G. Smith debuts with a HR and a single to back former Reds P Herm Wehmeier's win.

    Sep 25, 1956 - In a doubleheader at Wrigley Field‚ the Cards pull off an unusual triple play. After Solly Drake lines out to Stan Musial‚ the Cards double off Hobie Landrith at 2nd. They then throw the ball around the infield‚ before they realize that Gene Baker‚ who had been a runner on 3B‚ is in the dugout. They then complete the tri-killing.

    Aug 16, 1956 - Stan Musial belts his 1‚072nd extra base hit to breaks Ott's NL mark. But the Cardinals can do little against the Braves' Lew Burdette‚ losing 8-0. Vinegar Bend Mizell takes the loss.

    Aug 12, 1956 - At Wrigley Field‚ Stan Musial doubles in the 6th for his 1‚071st extra base‚ tying Mel Ott for the NL record‚ but his Cards lose‚ 6-2. Bob Rush is the winner. In the nitecap‚ Wehmeier and Davis each throw 9 scoreless innings before darkness calls the game.

    Jul 10, 1956 - In the All-Star Game‚ the first-place Reds vote five starters on the team-and three runner-ups-all the result of an enthusiastic get-out-the vote campaign by Cincy radio stations and newspapers. Next year the issue will come to a head. In the game‚ Ken Boyer of the Cardinals makes 3 sparkling plays at 3B and gets 3 hits as the NL defeats the AL 7-3. Willie MaysMickey MantleTed Williams‚ and Stan Musial all homer. Mays's pinch-hit 2-run HR off Whitey Ford is his 7th straight hit against the Yankee lefty.

    Dec 8, 1955 - Dodger C Roy Campanella wins his third NL MVP, matching the record of Stan Musial. Campy just beats out teammate Duke Snider, 226-221, but a clerical error, discovered later by Sid Keener of The Sporting News, may have cost Snider a share of the award. Campy is named on all 24 ballots cast, while Duke is named on 23. But on the ballot that fails to mention Snider, Campy is listed twice—for 1st place and 6th place. If the ballot is invalidated, Snider wins; if the assumption is made that the writer made an error and meant to vote Snider in 6th place, the two teammates tie at 226 points apiece.

    Aug 10, 1955 - Stan Musial slugs his 1‚000th extra base hit‚ and his 529th career double‚ connecting off Lew Burdette‚ as the Cards down the host Braves‚ 7-2.

    Jul 12, 1955 - In the All-Star Game in Milwaukee‚ the AL takes a 5-run lead on a 3-run shot by Mickey Mantle off Robin Roberts‚ only to see the NL tie it. Braves P Gene Conley strikes out the side in the 12th‚ and Stan Musial of the Cards homers off Frank Sullivan of the Red Sox to win it.

    Jun 3, 1955 - Stan Musial hits the 300th HR of his career‚ a 5th-inning‚ 3-run shot against Brooklyn's Johnny Podres. The Cards use a NL-record 8 pitchers but still lose 12-5.

    Aug 5, 1954 - At Brooklyn‚ Stan Musial smashes 2 homers and a sac fly to drive in 7 runs and pace the Cards to a 13-4 rout of the 2nd place Dodgers. The Man's first HR‚ with 2 on‚ is off Preacher Roe‚ who takes his first loss to the Cards at Ebbets in 4 years. Musial now has 101 RBIs‚ the highest in the ML.

    Jul 5, 1954 - RF Stan Musial outpolls all other NL players in the All-Star balloting.

    Jul 1, 1954 - Joe Cunningham of the Cards hits 2 HRs against Milwaukee‚ giving him 3 for his first 2 days in the ML‚ a record unequaled since. In his 1st seven at bats‚ he has 9 RBI. Cardinal ace Harvey Haddix (13-4) stops a Joe Adcock liner with his knee‚ but wins 9-2. Haddix never fully recovers during the season from this injury. Stan Musial chips in with 2 HRs‚ his 25th and 26th.

    May 22, 1954 - In a unique Birdie Tebbetts' shift against the Cards Stan Musial‚ the Redlegs enlist a "4th" OF in place of regular SS Roy McMillan. This causes a box score irregularity because left-handed Nino Escalera is officially listed as a left-handed SS. After all that‚ Art Fowler strikes out Musial to end the game as the Reds win 4-2.

    May 2, 1954 - Stan Musial hits 5 HRs in a doubleheader with the Giants in St. Louis. In attendance is 8-year-old Nate Colbert‚ who will be the only other player in history to accomplish this feat. The Cards win the first game 10-6 when Musial's three-run homer in the 8th off Jim Hearn. Stan's first two homers are served up by Johnny Antonelli. The Cards hit 5 homers in the opener‚ while the Giants hit three‚ including back-to-back blows by Westrum and Lockman. In the nightcap of the doubleheader‚ Don Mueller goes 5-for-5‚ and the Giants win‚ 9-7‚ with 8 runs in the 4th inning. Musial totals a since-topped record 21 bases in the two games‚ going 4-for-4 with a walk in game 1‚ and 2-for-4 with a walk in game 2. Don Mueller has 6 hits for New York.

    Sep 28, 1952 - Stan Musial makes his only ML pitching appearance. With his 6th batting title wrapped up‚ he takes the mound against the Cubs Frank Baumholtz‚ the runner-up in the batting race in a confrontation agreed upon before the game. Baumholtz‚ batting righthanded‚ reaches base on an error by 3B Solly Hemus‚ and Harvey Haddix‚ who had shifted to RF‚ comes back for Musial. The Cubs win 3-0 behind Paul Minner. Musial has one hit to finish the year at .336: a hitless Baumholtz closes at .325.

    Sep 14, 1952 - Enos Slaughter of the Cardinals walks twice in the 5th inning‚ and teammate Stan Musial chips in with a HR and a double in the frame‚ as St. Louis scores 11 runs against Dave Koslo. The Giants pitcher loses the game 14-4‚ his first loss to St. Louis after 13 straight wins since June 11‚ 1950.

    Sep 9, 1952 - The Cardinals Stan Musial gets his 2‚000th hit‚ off the Phils Curt Simmons‚ as the Cardinals lose 4-2.

    Jul 8, 1952 - The NL defeats the AL 3-2 behind the pitching of Phils Curt Simmons and Cubs Bob Rush in Philadelphia. The game is ended after 5 innings because of rain with Bob Lemon the losing pitcher. Hank Sauer's homer with Stan Musial aboard in the 4th proves to be the deciding run. Shantz strikes out the side in the 5th‚ whiffing Whitey LockmanJackie Robinson‚ and Stan Musial. Lon Warneke umps his first All-Star game after pitching in three in the 1930s.

    Jun 28, 1952 - Stan Musial tops the All-Star balloting for the 2nd year in a row. The Man will have his 23-game hit streak stopped tomorrow by rain and the Pirates.

    Jan 16, 1952 - The U.S. Standardization Board clears the way for Stan Musial to get a salary increase to $85‚000. Prior to this relaxation of the rules‚ there was a wage freeze in effect due to the Korean War. Under the new rules‚ a team is free to raise individual salaries‚ as long as they do not exceed a complicated formula‚ based on total team salaries for any one year‚ from 1946-50‚ plus 10 percent.

    Aug 25, 1951 - Stan Musial homers to give the Cards a 3-1 lead over the Giants‚ but rain washes out the game after Thomson hits his 24th‚ in the 3rd.

    Aug 22, 1951 - The Dodgers sweep a pair of 10-inning games from St. Louis‚ with Clyde King picking up both come-from-behind victories. King goes 3 innings in game 1 and one inning in game 2. Jackie Robinson is 5-for-6 in the nitecap including a 2-out single in the 10th off Al Brazle. Andy Pafko has a homer in the nitecap‚ while Stan Musial hits his 29th in game 1. Furillo has 3 hits on the afternoon and a pair of assists in game 1‚ bringing his season total to 21. The Dodgers have now won 14 straight from the Cards.

    Aug 16, 1951 - The Cards score 6 runs in the 7th inning to defeat the Pirates‚ 9-6. Murry Dickson‚ trying for his 17th win‚ takes the loss. Stan Musial hits a 3-run homer in the 6th to start the scoring for St. Louis. His inside the park homer is his first hit in 13 at bats‚ and his 2nd inside-the-park homer in 4 days.

    May 12, 1951 - In the 2nd game of a double header‚ Stan Musial‚ on the Cards bench because he has flu‚ pinch hits in the 8th inning and blasts a 3-run homer into the RF stands at Crosley Field. Teammate Bill Howerton had earlier hit a 2-run pinch homer‚ only the 4th time in NL history that two pinch hitters have hit four-baggers (it will happen 4 more times in the 1950s). The Cards win 8-6‚ after dropping the opener‚ 7-2.

    Sep 19, 1950 - Stan Musial hits a homer to pace the Cards to an 8-7 win against Boston. Musial will finish the year at .346 to win his 4th batting title.

    Jul 27, 1950 - Stan Musial goes hitless to end his 30-game hit streak. But everyone else in the Cards lineup has a safety as St. Louis dusts the Dodgers‚ 13-3.

    Jul 26, 1950 - Brooklyn beats the Cardinals 7-5 as the Dodgers' Jim Russell switch-hits HRs‚ making him the first switch-hitter in history to do it more than once. Stan Musial hits in his 30th straight game‚ the longest streak of the decade. He is en route to a .346 BA for the season and his 4th batting title. The Cards‚ currently 11?2 games behind Brooklyn‚ will begin a slow and steady descent to 5th place.

    Jul 8, 1950 - Red Schoendienst of the Cards goes 5-for-5 against Pittsburgh‚ but the Cards lose 7-6‚ to drop the Birds into 2nd place‚ a game behind the Phillies. The Bucs win in the 9th when they load the bases and Jack Phillips' long ?y ball is seemingly snagged by Stan Musial‚ but then drops into Greenberg Gardens for a pinch grand slam. Kiner and Rojek also homer for the Corsairs.

    Sep 22, 1949 - Combining 19 hits and 13 walks off 6 Cardinal pitchers‚ the Dodgers blast a 19-6 win over the host Birds and climb to half-game behind them. Furillo sets the pace with 7 runs batted in on 3 doubles and 2 singles. Joe Hatten goes all the way for his 10th win and his first in his last 7 decisions against the Cards. Enos Slaughter‚ hitless for the night‚ relinquishes the batting lead to Jackie Robinson‚ 2-for-5. Stan Musial belts his 32nd homer of the year‚ and his 21st against lefties. This is a record for a left-handed batter that will be matched by Ken Griffey‚ Jr. in 1996 and 1998.

    Sep 10, 1949 - Stan Musial's 29th homer‚ coming with 2 on and 2 out in the 9th‚ gives the Cardinals a 6-5 win over the Reds‚ protecting their one game lead. The Cards collect just 5 hits off Howie Fox‚ but use 6 walks and 3 errors

    Dec 2, 1948 - Stan Musial is picked MVP in the NL. Musial led the NL in batting at .365‚ runs (135)‚ RBI (131)‚ and in doubles and triples. His 39 HRs were one short of Johnny Mize and Ralph Kiner. According to research Bill Deane‚ Musial is the last NL player in the 20th C to bat .400 on the road (minimum 80 hits). He went 132-for-318 away from home‚ good for a .415 average. Other National Leaguers to top .400 on the road include Rogers Hornsby (.405 in 1920‚ .419 in 1921‚ .401 in 1928) and Bill Terry (.404 in 1930).

    Nov 30, 1948 - Player-manager Lou Boudreau is selected the AL MVP. Boudreau had almost been traded to the Browns earlier in the year‚ but protests by fans kept Lou in Cleveland. After the WS win‚ owner Bill Veeck commented‚ "Sometimes the best trades are the ones you never make." According to historian Pete Palmer‚ this year Boudreau became the last AL player in the 20th C to hit over .400 on the road. Coincidentally‚ Stan Musial matched that feat in the NL this year.

    Sep 22, 1948 - The Cards slow the Braves‚ winning 8-2‚ the first loss by Boston in 9 games. Stan Musial is a one-man wrecking crew‚ going 5-for-5 with a double and his 38th homer of the year as Warren Spahn takes the loss. Al Brazle is the winner. Enos Slaughter has his nose broken by a line drive off the bat of teammate Nippy Jones.

    Jul 16, 1948 - Rookie Granny Hamner drives in 7 runs to lead the Phils to an 11-10 squeaker over the Cardinals. Hamner has a pair of doubles and a single to go along with spectacular fielding‚ starting DPs in the 8th and 9th. Ken Heintzelman‚ who relieves Blix Donnelly after Stan Musial's grand slam in the 2nd‚ is the winner.

    May 19, 1948 - The first-place Cards blast Dodger pitchers for a 14-7 victory. Stan Musial leads the way with 5 hits including a triple and double and scores 5 runs. The 2 teams combine to set a since-tied NL record (for night games) of 28 runners left on base‚ 14 each.

    Apr 30, 1948 - A 5-hit game-HR‚ 2 doubles and 2 singles-by Stan Musial at Cincinnati is the first of 4 such performances by him during the year as The Man sparks the Cards‚ 13-7 win. He will do it again on May 19‚ June 22‚ and September 22. Only Cobb and Keeler have done it before. Joe Garagiola adds 3 hits including a grand slam in the 7-run 7th. Reliever Al Brazle is the winner.

    Mar 4, 1948 - Stan Musial ends his holdout and signs with the Cardinals for $31‚000. The next day Harry Brecheen agrees to a St. Louis pact for $16‚500.

    Aug 10, 1947 - With 5 hits Stan Musial finally lifts his average over .300‚ and the Cardinals make a run at the Dodgers sweeping the Pirates‚ 5-0 and 7-5. Murry Dickson allows 4 hits in the shutout. Musial will finish at .312‚ and the Cards‚ 5 games back of Brooklyn.

    Jun 9, 1947 - At Philadelphia‚ the Phils and Cards split a doubleheader‚ St. Louis taking the opener 4-2 and losing the nightcap in 15 innings 2-1. Del Ennis drives in the winner in the 15th. Schanz‚ the Phils 5th pitcher is the winner. Starter Schoolboy Rowe pitches 6 innings but leaves after being hit on the elbow by a piece of flying wood from Stan Musial's broken bat. Red Schoendienst sets a doubleheader record (24 innings) for futility by going 0-for-12.

    May 19, 1947 - After 22 hitless at bats‚ Stan Musial sees his average drop to .140. Treated for appendicitis but avoiding surgery‚ Musial will not reach the .200 level until mid-June‚ just after the champion Cardinals get out of last place.

    Nov 15, 1946 - Ted Williams is picked as the AL MVP‚ finishing 27 points ahead of Hal Newhouser‚ the winner the past two years. A week from now the NL names Stan Musial for the honor with Dixie Walker a distant 2nd.

    Oct 15, 1946 - Enos Slaughter sprints all the way from 1B and slides into home with the winning run in the 8th inning on Harry Walker's double‚ as the Cardinals edge the Boston Red Sox 4-3‚ giving St. Louis the WS 4 games to 3. Harry Brecheen wins 3 games for the Cardinals‚ including Games 6 and 7‚ the only pitcher ever to win those. Billed as the duel between the 2 best hitters in baseball‚ the Series sees Stan Musial go 6-for-27 and Ted Williams 5-for-25. With the Series held in two small ballparks and the broadcast fees now aimed at a player pension fund‚ the Cardinal share of $3‚748 and the Red Sox portion of $2‚140 is the smallest Series payoff since 1918.

    Aug 12, 1946 - Stan Musial continues his hot hitting‚ going 4-for-4 to back Al Brazle's 3-hitter against the Cubs. The Cards win 5-0.

    Aug 11, 1946 - Stan Musial gets 8 hits in 9 at bats‚ as the St. Louis Cardinals sweep the Cincinnati Reds 15-4 and 7-3. The Reds lose the opener despite Grady Hatton‚ Max West‚ and Ray Mueller banging consecutive homers in the 8th inning‚ a first in Reds history.

    Apr 18, 1946 - At St. Louis‚ Stan Musial has a double and homer to drive in 2 runs as the Cards beat the Pirates‚ 4-2. A bright spot for the Bucs is Ralph Kiner's first ML homer‚ off Howie Pollet‚ in the 8th. It is the first run Pollet has allowed after 35.2 consecutive scoreless innings: he finished 1943 with 3 shutouts and 28 scoreless innings. The Cards go from white to red at 3B‚ as Schoendienst‚ a left fielder last season‚ replaces Whitey Kurowski‚ rusty after his holdout.

    Dec 21, 1944 - NL averages show Brooklyn's Dixie Walker at the top of the hitters with a .357 mark‚ ahead of Stan Musial at .347. In an even closer vote than occurred in the AL‚ the NL MVP award goes to fielding wizard Marty Marion‚ who tallies one more vote than Cubs slugger Bill Nicholson (189). The Cardinals commited only 112 errors, for a fielding average of .982‚ both better than previous records held by the 1940 Reds. Marion is the 3rd different Cardinal in 3 years to win the honor.

    Jul 30, 1944 - The Cards finally lose after 9 straight wins as Brooklyn upends them 10-4 in a doubleheader opener. St. Louis takes game 2‚ 9-7‚ in 11 innings when Stan Musial steals 3rd and scores the winning run on a Mickey Owens' wild throw. The win is the Birds' 26th of the month‚ their winningest month ever.

    Nov 11, 1943 - The MVPs for both leagues are named. New York Yankees righthander Spud Chandler (246 votes) wins in the AL with Luke Appling (215) finishing second. Chandler led the AL in wins (20), CG (20), ERA (1.64) and had the highest batting average (.258) among AL pitchers. Stan Musial (267) is the winner in the NL. For the second year in a row‚ a Cards teammate finishes 2nd as Walker Cooper attracts 192 votes.

    Sep 19, 1943 - The Cubs snap an 11-game losing streak as Bill Nicholson has a single, 2 doubles, and a homer to pace them to 6–0 win over the Series-bound Cards. Hank Wyse allows 7 Card safeties in beating Harry Gumbert. Stan Musial hits a pair of doubles for St. Louis and Peanuts Lowrey has 3 for Chicago. In the 2nd game, a 10-9 Cubs win, Nicholson hits his 24th homer and has 6 RBIs for the day. "Big Bill" will lead the NL in both HRs and RBIs. Musial has 7 hits for the afternoon.

    Sep 18, 1943 - The Cardinals clinch the NL pennant with a double win over the Cubs‚ 2-1 and 5-0. Max Lanier wins the opener‚ scattering 7 hits as Lou Klein drives home both runs. Klein will player every inning of every game this year. Howie PolletMax Lanier‚ and Mort Cooper will rank 1-2-3 in NL ERA‚ and Al Brazle at 1.53 and Harry Brecheen at 2.27 are near the same level. For hitting‚ Redbirds prime with George Kurowski‚ Walker Cooper‚ and Stan Musial‚ who in his 2nd season hits .357 and has 220 hits‚ 347 total bases‚ 48 doubles‚ 20 triples.

    Sep 4, 1943 - At St. Louis, the Cardinals increase their NL lead to 14 1/2 games beating the Cincinnati Reds, 2-1, in 10 innings. A triple by Stan Musial , his 4th hit of the game, drives in the winning run. Howie Krist is the winner over Joe Beggs.

    Aug 1, 1943 - Players losses to the military have taken some of the competition out of Cards-Brooklyn confrontations‚ but the brawling doesn't stop. In the opener Cards catcher Walker Cooper apparently attempts to spike Augie Galan and the two are ejected in the 6th inning. the "duster" occurs after Dodger reliever Les Webber fires four successful balls at Stan Musial. "Each ball seemed headed straight at Musial and were not the customary wide throws used for intentional walks" (UP). Cooper‚ the next batter up‚ hits a grounder and tries to spike Galan at 1B. Police are needed to break up the fight and escort the two off the field. The Cards win the double bill‚ 7-1 and 5-4‚ virtually eliminating the Dodgers and putting the Birds 11 games in front of the Pirates. Harry Brecheen wins the opener‚ defeating Curt Davis. Reliever Al Brazle wins the nitecap‚ with starter Kirby Higbe losing.

    Jul 27, 1943 - In St. Louis the Cards sweep a pair from the Phillies‚ 6-2 and 5-2‚ to drop Philadelphia to 7th place. Murry Dickson and Howie Crist pitch for the Redbirds‚ now winners of 11th straight. Al Gerheauser suffers his 10th defeat‚ while Dick Conger takes the nitecap loss. Dixie Walker‚ with four hits in the 2nd game‚ and Stan Musial with a homer‚ are the hitting stars.

    Oct 1, 1942 - Behind 3-0‚ the Yankees tie it up in the top of the 8th‚ but rookie Stan Musial singles in Enos Slaughter in the bottom of the inning to forge a 4-3 Cardinal victory.

    Jul 18, 1942 - The Dodgers and Cardinals split a pair with the Red birds chasing starter Larry French in the opener and winning 7-4. French loses his first of the year after 10 straight wins. The Dodgers also lose Hugh Casey when the reliever is hit on the finger by a smash off the bat of Stan Musial. The fracture will cost Casey 3 weeks. Brooklyn wins the nitecap‚ 4-3‚ behind lefty Max Macon‚ who wins with relief from Curt Davis.

    Sep 17, 1941 - Before just 3‚585 fans in St. Louis for a double header with the Braves‚ the Cards take the opener‚ 6-1‚ behind Howie Pollet. In game 2‚ another rookie makes his debut as Stan Musial goes 2-for-4‚ hitting a 2-run double off knuckler Jim Tobin. St. Louis wins‚ 3-2‚ on Estel Crabtree's homer. Musial‚ who started the season in the Western Association (Class C)‚ will hit .426 in 12 games.

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