May 21, 1947

On this date in Missouri history, Jackie Robinson makes his debut in St. Louis at Sportman’s Park.


February 20, 2004

Albert Pujols signs a $100 million, seven-year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals. One of the top players of the 21st century and of all time, Pujols proved his value for 11 seasons, winning three National League MVP awards. But he shocked fans after the 2011 World Series title when he left St. Louis for a 10-year, $254-million contract with the Los Angeles Angels.


February 13, 1920

This date in Missouri history: The Negro National League is formed in Kansas City. The new league established teams across the Midwest and South, including baseball hotspots like St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Kansas City.


July 15, 1939

Cardinals catcher and broadcaster, Mike Shannon (left), was born on this day in St. Louis.


July 13, 1852

Birthday of George "Grin" Bradley. On July 15, 1876 he threw the first no-hit, no run game in major league history.


June 6, 1918

"Casey" Stengel, named for his home town of K.C. stunned jeering baseball fans on this day by bowing to them and ceremoniously tipping his cap. From under the hat a bird flew out. Casey may have been the first to give the fans the bird.


April 11, 1964

This is the birthday of Kansas City's dominating right-handed starting pitcher, Bret Saberhagen. At 21 he was the World Series MVP when the Royals beat the Cardinals.


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June 5, 1937

The Cardinals signed a young pitcher on this date. The man hurt his arm so the team moved the pitcher, Stanley Musial, to the outfield.