Fifty-two years ago yesterday, Ken Boyer hit for a natural cycle against the Colt .45s and Lou Brock made his debut with the Cardinals following the infamous Brock-for-Broglio trade. All of this and much, much more is chronicled in the book October 1964 by David Halberstam. Back in December Lil Scooter recommended it for the offseason book club. I ordered it, read a few chapters, got caught up in a few other things, and then let it sit idle by the side of my bed for nearly a month. Truthfully, I think I got tired of reading about the Yankees.
That was a big mistake. Thankfully, I picked it back up and was able to plow through it once the book hit its stride, which I would say happens around page 100 or so. It might be the best book on baseball I have ever read. The chapters that cover Bob Gibson and Bill White should be required reading for everyone. So I'm pleading with anyone else who stopped reading the book as I did to pick it back up and give it another shot. You won't regret it.
Here's what you may have missed yesterday at VEB:
Joe Schwarz took a deep look at Adam Wainwright's last three starts. Wednesday night's loss to the Astros was disappointing but the seven shutout innings from Wainwright were at least encouraging.
I chronicled the shortest Cardinal at each position since 1966 because I had the time and the world deserved to know.
Down on the farm
It was a rough night for the various affiliates but Harrison Bader had his first multi-hit game (3 for 4) since late May.
Carlos Martinez hosted his charity bowling fundraiser last night in St. Louis. Several VEBers were in attendance.
Oh hey Carlos. pic.twitter.com/VcvPCdyDf5— stlCupofJoe (@stlCupofJoe) June 16, 2016
No Cardinals game last night, which was a nice break after the Houston series and a good opportunity to watch something else like the NBA Finals or the USA vs. Ecuador soccer match. Here's the game thread for both.
Have a great weekend, everyone.