St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook: Week of January 29 – February 4

photo: Vince Coleman, John Tudor, Lee Smith, Ray Lankford (Getty Images)

Cardinals Hall of Fame ballot announced

Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III announced the St. Louis Cardinals Modern Era Hall of Fan ballot for fan voting on Wednesday.  The ballot contains four first-time candidates in Ray Lankford, John Tudor, Vince Coleman and Lee Smith, who join returnees Keith Hernandez, Scott Rolen, and Jason Isringhausen.

The nominees were chosen by a Red Ribbon Committee of media members and former Cardinals managers.  Fan online voting will begin on March 1.  The top two vote getters will be revealed on May 4, prior to the Cardinals game against the Cubs.  A Veteran Era player chosen by the Committee for induction will also be announced on May 4. A Veteran Era player is defined as one who has been retired for at least 40 years and played for at least three seasons for the Cardinals.

The induction ceremony will take place on August 18 at Ballpark Village.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.

Transactions

1/31 The Cardinals signed RHP Edward Mujica to a minor league deal.

Injury Report

RHP Alex Reyes (Tommy John surgery) has an expected return date of May 1.  It is planned for Reyes to start his season in the bullpen.

Looking Ahead

Spring Training begins very soon.  Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report on February 13, with first workout on February 14.  Position players are scheduled to report on February 18 with first workout on February 19.  The first Spring Training game will be played on February 23 against the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, FL.  Spring Training information, including the schedule, can be found here. Spring television and radio plans are here.

Blast from the Past

This week’s history segment features the St. Louis Cardinals squad of 1962.  The 1962 was the 81st season of the franchise, and the 71st in the National League.

The season record for the Cardinals in 1962 was 84-78, which put them in sixth place in the National League, 17 ½ games behind the San Francisco Giants.  The manager was Johnny Keane, the general manager was Bing Devine, and the owner was Gussie Busch.

The Opening Day lineup against the New York Mets was Curt Flood (CF), Julian Javier (2B), Bill White (1B), Stan Musial (RF), Ken Boyer (3B), Minnie Minoso (LF), Gene Oliver (C), Julio Gotay (SS), and Larry Jackson (SP).

The longest losing streak was eight games, twice, from May 27-June 3, and again from September 10-19.  The longest winning streak was seven games, twice, from April 11-21 and again from June 5-10.  The highest winning margin was a 15-1 defeat of the Mets on July 8.  The worst losses were two 11-3 losses, both to the Phillies, on June 22 in the second game of a doubleheader, and August 11.  Splits were 44-37 at home and 40-41 on the road.

The top starting pitcher was Bob Gibson, with a record of 15-13 and an ERA of 2.85.  The top offensive performers were Musial, who hit .330/.416/.508, with 19 HR and 82 RBI, White, who hit .324/.386/.482, with 20 HR and 102 RBI and Ken Boyer, who hit .291/.369/.470, with 24 HR and 98 RBI.

First baseman White and pitcher Bobby Shantz both won Gold Gloves in 1962.

Also in 1962, the Cardinals were the first National League club to wear names on the back of uniforms.

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