Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny called Sunday afternoon’s 7-0 shutout of the Chicago Cubs, a “nice way to end it”, as the Cards put the finishing touches on a resounding series sweep of the punchless visitors from the Windy City. As the Cards finished up the latest regular season chapter of a long-revered rivalry, Cardinals fans can look back fondly on an important three games in this 2012 campaign. Furthermore, they can also reminisce on the storied history between the two teams from a thoroughly St. Louis perspective. Let’s take a quick look at the top five moments in the history of the Cardinals-Cubs rivalry, and celebrate a dominating weekend by the Redbirds.
5. 12 Runs in 1 Inning
July 21, 2012— This Saturday night, the Cardinals scored all 12 runs of a 12-0 victory over the Cubs in the 7th inning alone. The offensive outburst from a team that had struggled to score runs since the All-Star break tied an 85-year old franchise record. For those who do not want to do the math–the Cards last accomplished the feat during a 12-run 3rd inning on September 15, 1926 versus the Philadelphia Phillies. Saturday, the Cards also tied a major league record with 7 doubles in one inning, and nearly batted around twice. They collected 10 hits off a medley of Chicago relievers, and went 8 for 18 with runners in scoring position. After scoring a week’s worth of runs in one inning, Matheny said: “That was something. It was something to watch…it’s great to have one of those innings and one of those games.”
4. Controversy in the First Meeting
October 15, 1885– The team names were different, and the prize money a mere $1,000. Yet, St. Louis and Chicago still battled. Born from an economic trade rivalry, the two teams competed on the baseball field as well. The St. Louis Browns and manager Charles Comiskey left the field during the 6th inning of an early-series game to protest an umpire’s call, despite the Chicago White Stockings leading. After winning the series in 7 games, the Browns claimed the championship. Because of the disputed game, the two teams split the prize money. Oh, the days of old.
3. Cubs trade Lou Brock to the Cardinals
June 15th, 1964– Although not an in-game moment, the trade of Brock from Chicago to St. Louis during the 1964 season arguably propelled the Cubs to a decade of misery and gave the Cardinals one of their most important players in franchise history. Everyone knows about the ‘Curse of the Bambino’ in Boston, following Babe Ruth’s move to the hated Yankees, but don’t forget about Lou Brock’s transition to Cardinal red, especially if you are a Cardinals fan.
1998 Season– McGwire and Sosa captivated a nation in the summer of 1998, chasing the single-season home run record of 61 held by Roger Maris. The two exchanged home runs with flair and fashion, revitalizing a sport that had reached a low point following the 1994 players strike that cancelled the World Series and the beginning of the 1995 season. In typical fashion, McGwire broke the record versus the Cubs, in Busch Stadium, on September 8th. Sosa was there to congratulate the new home run champ as he crossed home plate.
1. Stan Musial records 3,000th hit
May 13, 1958– Harry Caray called Musial’s 3,000th hit, a pinch hit single in a 5-3 Cardinals win over Chicago. In fitting fashion, Stan the Man reached the milestone versus the Cubs and unquestionably holds down the number one spot on our CardsBlog countdown.