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On This Date in Cardinals History: May 21, 1985

On this day 26 years ago Cardinals rookie speedster Vince Coleman hit his first major league home run.

And, as you might imagine for a guy who was known for stolen bases instead of power -- it was of the inside the park variety. Vincent Van Go smacked the ball to right field where it scooted past right fielder Claudell Washington on the Busch Stadium astroturf.

The hit was Coleman's only one in four at bats that day. It came in the third inning with one out and the bases empty and gave St. Louis a 3-1 lead in a game that it eventually won 6-3. Atlanta slugger Bob Hoerner hit a pair of homers to push home both of the Braves runs.

The win improved the Redbirds to 18-19 on the season, good enough for fourth place in the National League Central. Danny Cox got the victory to improve to 4-1 on the season while Ricky Horton, part of the bullpen by committee the Cardinals used early in the year to compensate for the free agent defection of Bruce Sutter to Atlanta, got the save.

The Cardinals finished April of 1985 with an 8-11 record. But it would be the club's only sub-.500 month that season. St. Louis was 9-3 against its 1982 National League Championship foe en-route to the 1985 World Series.

Coleman, who won the Rookie of the Year Award in 1985, hit only .267 in his first major league campaign with a .320 on base percentage. But he swiped a breathtaking 110 bases.

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