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On this date in Cardinals history: April 12, 1928

On this date 83 years ago, 41-year-old Cardinals pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander pitched a 5-0 complete game shut out over the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.

Alexander, who starred in the 1926 World Series for St. Louis after the Cubs decided he was washed up and released him mid-season, will go on to win 16 games with a 3.39 ERA in 1928 and helped the Redbirds reach their second fall classic in 1928. Unfortunately the Yankees, who they'd beaten two years earlier for their first championship, exacted revenge in the form of a 4-0 sweep.

Alexander pitched for the Cardinals again in 1929 and was 9-8 with a 3.89 ERA before finishing his career where it started -- in Philadelphia. He played nine games for the Phillies in 1930 at the age of 43 and was 0-3 with a 9.14 before calling an end to his Hall of Fame career.

When it was over, Alexander was 373-208 with a career ERA of 2.56. He ranks third in wins in major league history, led the National League in shutouts seven times (he had 16 in 1916) and in batters faced six times.