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On This Date in Cardinals History: May 24, 1909

On this date 102 years ago the Cardinals defeated Giants Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson for the first time in 25 tries.

Mathewson allowed six hits and three runs in the game while St. Louis pitcher John Lush let New York score only one time to earn the win.

The third winingest pitcher in history at 373-188, Mathewson won 25 games in 1909 with a 1.14 ERA. But he only pitched in 37 games -- starting 33 of them. In 1908 he pitched in 56 contests, starting 44 of them. It was the third time in four consecutive seasons that he won the National League ERA title.

The victory didn't do much to turn around the fortunes of the scuffling Redbirds. In sixth place at 15-18 after the win, the Birds went 39-80 the rest of the season.

The Cardinals were managed in 1909 by Roger Bresnahan who served as Mathewson's catcher with the Giants earlier in the star hurler's career.

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