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On This Date in Cardinals History: July 5, 1948

On this date 63 years ago Cardinals hurler Gerry Staley pick up not one -- but TWO -- victories over the Chicago Cubs.

Sounds like a pretty good day to me.

Staley, a reliever, came into the first game of a double header at Sportsmans Park with the Cardinals trailing 3-2 in the top of the eighth inning. He recored a pair of scoreless frames. Meanwhile, the Redbirds offense scored four times in the bottom of the eighth to bring home a 6-3 victory.

In the second game, presuably shortened by rain although the box score that day makes no mention of the weather conditions, the Cardinals won 5-2 in six innings. Staley came into the game in the fourth inning with the Cardinals already up 3-2. But because starter Jim Hearn couldn't make the minimum five innings pitched required from a starter to get the victory, Staley got the decision.

The two victories counted as half of Staley's win total for the season -- he finished at 4-4. Staley graduated from relief work to the starting rotation by 1949 and won at least 10 games for the Redbirds over each of the next five seasons including a 19-13 mark in 1951 with a 3.81 ERA and 18-9 with a 3.99 mark in 1953. He was an All-Star for the Cardinals in 1952 and 1953.

The Cardinals would end up in second place in 1948 behind Brooklyn with a 85-69 record despite Stan Musials' stellar season. The Man hit .376 with 46 homers and 141 RBI to win the National League MVP Award.