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On this date in Cardinals history, Jan. 29

On this day in 1958 the Cardinals made Stan Musial the highest paid player in baseball when they awarded him a $100,000 salary for the upcoming season.

Stan the Man hit .351 with 29 homers and 102 RBIs in 134 games during the 1957 campaign to earn his big payday. But in 1959 Musial suffered through a lousy year. So he demanded that the Redbirds lower his salary to $80,000.

If Albert Pujols gets $30 million a season contract, he'll make nearly twice what Musial made in his best-paid entire season in every game the Cardinals play.

In 1971 the Cardinals traded Nelly Briles to the Pirates for Matty Alou. Briles went 8-4 with a 3.04 ERA for the Bucs who won the 1971 World Series. Alou hit .315 for the Redbirds in 149 games but he was traded in 1972 -- despite a .314 batting average -- to Oakland. He would briefly return to the Cardinals in September and October 1973.

On Jan. 29, 1989 Major League Baseball decides to eliminate game winning RBI as an official statistic nine years after it was adopted. Former St. Louis first baseman Keith Hernandez, who totalled 129 GWRBI during that period, is the all-time leader in the category.

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