This post’s going to be shorter than usual, because I’m short on time. But I didn’t want the day to pass without letting you all know about what happened on today’s date in 1973. In a 15-4 Cardinals massacre of the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium, first baseman Joe Torre hit for the cycle. Torre is of course a Hall of Fame manager, notably with the Yankees, but the resume that got him his managing jobs is quite impressive. Torre spent six of his eighteen seasons with the Cardinals, and they were the six most productive of his career. During that stretch from 1969-1974, Torre played in at least 141 games per season, was a four time All Star, and won the MVP in 1971 after leading the league with a .363 batting average, 137 RBI’s and 230 hits. Yes there was an oxford comma in that last sentence.

The Cardinals traded Torre to the Mets after 1974 after he’d split time between third base and first base that season. They used that roster spot on some kid named Keith Hernandez. He’d only go on to win the 1979 MVP award and a championship with the Cardinals in 1982. He also won eleven straight Gold Glove Awards with the Cardinals and Mets. Basically, the Cards got a lot of good mileage out of that particular roster spot in the 1970’s.