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On this date in Cardinals history, Nov. 30

Happy 50th birthday to former Cardinals starting pitcher Bob Tewksbury, born on November 30, 1960.

Tewksbury pitched for St. Louis from 1989-94, some very lean times, indeed. It was a relationship that was good for both the player and the club. The Cardinals got an unbelievable amount of production out of a very ordinary seeming pitcher. Tewksbury, in turn, got a chance to play.

He won a combined 12 games in the previous three seasons, combined. After joining the Cardinals, Tewksbury won 64 games from 1990 through 1994 with a 3.87 ERA. He never won less than 10 in a season while wearing the Redbirds uniform, The high water mark of his career came with a 16-5 mark and a 2.16 ERA in 1992 followed by a 17-10 record and a 3.83 ERA in 1993.

Allowed to leave the Cardinals as a free agent in 1995, Tewksbury signed with the Rangers before migrating to the Padres and finally the Twins. He retired, thanks to shoulder problems, following the 1998 season. After leaving St. Louis he was 11-14 with a 4.45 ERA.