In 1925: Cardinals superstar second baseman Rogers Hornsby collects two homers, a triple, a double and a single in eight at-bats during a doubleheader against the Braves to raise his batting average to .403 for the season. He had entered the day hitting .399.
The Rajah fouled a ball off his foot in bating practice the next day and declared himself unable to play for the rest of the season. Criticized by reporters for sitting out, he calls a press conference to let the press examine his bruised and bloodied big toe and its split toe nail.
In 1953: The Cardinals roomies at Sportsmans Park, the Browns, play their last game in St. Louis. They lost 2-1 to the White Sox in extra innings getting swept in their final homestand. Managed by former Redbirds shortstop Marty Marion, the Browns finish their last season 54-100.
Only 3,714 people show up to watch the game which took onlt 2:14 to play. The Brownies, whose roster included future Yankee Don Larson, the only player to pitch a perfect game in the World Series, were last in the American League standings -- 46 1/2 games behind New York -- and last in attendance.
In 1982: Rookie Willie McGee hits an inside the Park three-run homer against the Expos to lead St. Louis to a National League East clinching 4-2 win over Montreal. The Birds scored all their runs in the first and Dave LaPointe hung on for the win over Bill Gulickson. Bruce Sutter got the 1 2/3-inning save.
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