On September 17, 1941 Stan "The Man" Musial made his major league debut.. After being called up from the Rochester Red Wings, the 20 year old Musial got his first taste of the majors in the second game of a doubleheader against the Boston Braves, at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. He started the game in right field, hitting third in the Cardinals line up. In his first at bat he faced veteran knuckleballer Jim Tobin. It was the first time that Stan had ever seen a knuckleball. As a result, he popped out weakly to third. The next time around Musial made some adjustments and stroked a two-run double, getting the first of his eventual 3,630 major league hits. He got another hit later in the game, finishing 2 for 4 with 2 RBI's. The Cardinals won the game 3 - 2 and Musial was on his way.
Two other baeball legends made their major league debuts on September 17, albeit on different years. Check back later today to learn more.
Last, but certainly not least, the Mitchell & Ness fantasy baseball team needs an outfield. Who are your top 3 outfielders in MLB history? Remember your selections must have retired before 2000.
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Last week a couple of people from the office took the train to Baltimore to attend the National Sports Collectors Convention. We saw some amazing memorabilia, specifically some one of a kind game worn apparel. We'll share some of our favorites with you over the next couple of days.
First up is a fantastic piece of Cardinals memorabilia. If you're a regular reader of our blog / facebook page, or are a loyal Cardinals fan, you probably know about the Cardinals and their one year wonder jersey. If not, you can read about it here.
The quick synopsis is that in 1956 the Cardinals abandoned the birds on the bat logo and went with a Cardinals script.
So we were walking the show last week with a collector who we work with and he introduced us to another collector who pulled this out of his bag.
Not only is it a game worn 1956 Cardinals, it's "The Man's" game worn 1956 Cardinals jersey.
And, to make it even better, it's autographed.
Pretty cool, don't you think? We were thrilled to be able to see such a piece of baseball history.
We'll post some more stuff soon.
By the way, next year the show is in Chicago in August. If you're a jersey or collectible fan you should definitely look into attending. It's worth the trip.
Check out the latest additions to the St. Louis Cardinals. The 1946 Home Jerseys of Red Schoendienst and Stan Musial. Check back soon for the 1946 Home Jersey of Enos Slaughter!
Stan Musial and Lou Brock
The Cardinals began the 1964 season looking like they hadn’t looked in 22 years. Their superstar, their legend, their “Man” was no longer taking the field at Busch Stadium. Stan Musial retired at the close of the 1963 season.
Despite the loss of Mr. Musial, hopes were high in St. Louis. The Cardinals finished Musial’s last stand with a 93 – 69 record, their best since 1949. But the '64 season didn't start out as planned and the Cards hovered around the .500 mark through the first three months of the season. General Manager Bing Devine knew that he had some big cleats to fill in left field and started looking for a replacement. He was confident in his pitching staff and felt that was the one place where he could afford lose someone. The Cubs needed pitchers and they had a speedy, left handed, left fielder who could hit and run, skills that were lacking in the St. Louis clubhouse. A deal was born. Right before the trading deadline in mid-June the Cubs and Cardinals made a six player deal with the principals being left fielder Lou Brock and pitcher Ernie Broglio.
Cardinals fans were devastated, Cubs fans were elated. Broglio was a popular and competent pitcher, winning 18 games in 1963. Brock was relatively unknown and had not done much on the north side of Chicago. Lou arrived in St. Louis, kept quiet and went to work. Ernie probably should have done the same. His comment when the trade was announced was, “I’m glad to join a winning team.” (The Cubs were not winning and finished the season in 8th place.)
The Cardinals newly appointed left fielder appeared in 103 games in ’64 and finished with a .348 batting average and 33 stolen bases. Broglio was 4 – 7 for the Cubs.
With a little help from the Phillies and their legendary collapse, the Cardinals finished the season at the top of the National League and went on to beat the Yankees in the World Series for their seventh championship title.
And Lou Brock was off and running in St. Louis.
For more on the 1964 World Series check out October 1964 by David Halberstam.
Here’s our recreation of the beautiful home jersey that Lou wore in his first of sixteen seasons in St. Louis