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On This Date in Cardinals History: Sept. 16

It's difficult to find a day more eventful than Sept. 16 on the Cardinals calendar.

On this date:

• In 1931 the Cardinals clinched their second-consecutive National League Pennant -- third in the last four years -- by beating Philadelphia 6-3 behind Hallahan.
• In 1934 the Redbirds sweep the Giants in a double header at the Polo Grounds in New York. Dizzy Dean pitched the opener and his brother, Paul Dean, took care of the second in what was claimed to be the largest crowd in the old ballpark's history, 62,573.
• In 1997 Mark McGwire tearfully announces that he's signed a three-year, $28.5-million contract to stay with the Cardinals who had traded for the pending free agent just weeks earlier. McGwire then went out on the field and hit a 517-foot home run -- which stood as the longest in Busch Stadium History... At least for a few days. McGwire eclipsed his blast with a 550-footer the same week.