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On this date in Cardinals history: Feb. 6

In 1934:

The Cardinals sell starting pitcher Dazzy Vance to the Reds for $7,500. Talk about your buyer's remorse... Vance made only two starts with Cincinnati before they put the future Hall of Famer on waivers and he returned to St. Louis. Vance, because of his return, got to pitch in the '34 World Series, hurling 1 1/3 scoreless innings against the Tigers.

In 1935:

Dizzy Dean announces his plans to hold out after the Cardinals refuse to meet his demands of $25,000 to pitch in the upcoming season. It lasts for less than 24 hours and Ol' Diz is back in the fold with a $19,500 salary to pitch for the defending World Series champions.

In 1951:

Cardinals player, manager and broadcaster Gabby Street dies in Joplin, Mo. He led the Birds to NL pennants in 1930 and 1931, winning the World Series in his second appearance as the Cardinals' skipper. Street was fired as manager mid-season in 1933 and replaced with Frank Frisch. After some time as a coach and the manager of the cross-town Browns, Street became a broadcaster with the Cardinals from 1945-50.

He suffered from cancer, but Street's death was attributed to heart disease. Besides his work as a manager, street was renowned for his feat in 1988 of catching a ball dropped from the top of the Washington Monument.

He may not have been a Cardinal, but I should also mention that the greatest baseball player in history, Babe Ruth, was born on this date in 1895.