On this date in 1928 the Cardinals hired one of the most successful managers in the club's history.
The Birds named Billy Southworth, a 34-year-old popular former player who was a member of the 1926 World Series winning Cardinals, to be the skipper on this date 83 years ago. Southworth replaced Bill McKechnie.
But the stint was short lived. On July 23, 1929 after he guided the defending National League champions to a disappointing 43-45 start, Southworth was demoted to be the skipper of the Birds' top farm club in Rochester, NY and McKechnie resumed control of the big league club.
After 11 years as a minor league skipper Southworth was re-hired to be the Cardinals manager in June 1940. In five full years at the helm. Southworth won at least 95 games each season and won more than 100 three times. He also won the 1942, 43 and 44 National League pennants and the 1942 and 44 World Series crowns.
As manager of the Redbirds, Southworth finished with a .642 winning percentage before accepting an offer in 1946 to become the manager of the Boston Braves. While the Cardinals went on to win the 1946 World Series without him, Southworth led the Braves to the 1948 National League pennant and posted a .542 winning percentage in Beantown.