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On This Date in Cardinals History: Aug. 5

On this day in 1912 Ed Konetchy hit 1/4 of his team-leading eight homers for the season in one game, hitting two round-trippers in a contest against the Dodgers.

What is more remarkable is that both of the home runs were inside the parkers.

A first baseman, Konetchy hit .314 that season and drove in 82 runs. But the Cardinals, who improved to 44-56 by beating Brooklyn, needed more offense than he could provide. They finished in sixth place with a 63-90 record.

On this day in 1922 Cardinals superstar Rogers Hornsby cracked his 28th homer of the season to break a National League Record that stood for 38 years. 

The solo shot was the only St. Louis run in a 9-1 thrashing at the hands of the Phillies. Hornsby went on to hit 42 homers in 1922 -- while batting .401 with a 152 RBIs -- to put together one of the best seasons in the history of the Senior Circuit.

Edward "Ned" Williamson set the previous mark of 21 during the 1884 season while playing for the Chicago White Stockings. Williamson's White Stockings played at Lake Front Park in Chicago which was notorious for it's short porch in right field. The outfield wall stood only 196 feet from home plate and 25 of his 27 round trippers came at home. He set the record with the help of a rule change at the park. Prior to 1884, balls hit over the left field fence were considered to be ground rule doubles. And that explains why he set the record for NL doubles in 1883 with 49.

On this day in 1931 "Sunny Jim" Bottomley went 6-for-6 in a 16-2 Cardinals win against the Pirates in the second game of a doubleheader. Bottomley hit .348 for the Redbirds and played slick defense at first base to lead St. Louis to the National League pennant and a 4-3 World Series win over Philadelphia.

And in 2005 Albert Pujols slugged his 30th homer of the season to become the first person in major league history to hit 30 homers in each of his first five seasons. The shot, which came against future Cardinals hurler John Smoltz in the first inning, led the Birds to an 11-3 win that pushed them to 29 games over .500. The Cardinals would finish the season with a 100-62 record in their last year at Busch Stadium II. But their great regular season was spoiled when they lost the National League Championship to the wild card Astros.