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September 16, 2013

On This Date in Cardinals History: Sept. 16

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Looking at the Cards from a fan's perspective

It's difficult to find a day more eventful than Sept. 16 on the Cardinals calendar.

 

On this date:

• In 1926 the Redbirds scored 12 times in the third inning on their way to a 23-3 win over the Phillies at the Baker Bowl. The Cardinals would go on to win their first National League Pennant and the World Series Championship over the New York Yankees at the end of the season.
• In 1930 the Cardinals tie the Brooklyn Dodgers for first place in the National League in a 1-0 win in 10 innings. "Wild Bill" Hallahan pitched the entire game for the Cardinals, allowing five hits while striking out four. Dazzy Vance went the Distance for Brooklyn. He struck out 11 and allowed one run on five hits. The game also marked the happy return of AWOL Cardinals player Flint Rhem who explained to the front office that he was missing because he was kidnapped by gamblers and forced to drink whiskey.
• In 1931 the Cardinals clinched their second-consecutive National League Pennant -- third in the last four years -- by beating Philadelphia 6-3 behind Hallahan.
• In 1934 the Redbirds sweep the Giants in a double header at the Polo Grounds in New York. Dizzy Dean pitched the opener and his brother, Paul Dean, took care of the second in what was claimed to be the largest crowd in the old ballpark's history, 62,573.
• In 1997 Mark McGwire tearfully announces that he's signed a three-year, $28.5-million contract to stay with the Cardinals who had traded for the pending free agent just weeks earlier. McGwire then went out on the field and hit a 517-foot home run -- which stood as the longest in Busch Stadium History... At least for a few days. McGwire eclipsed his blast with a 550-footer the same week.

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Scott Wuerz has reported for the Belleville News-Democrat since 1998​. He writes about the St. Louis Cardinals from a fan's perspective in his Cheap Seats blog.

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