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August 25, 1991: Lee Smith earns his 300th career save

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On August 25, 1991, Lee Smith became just the fifth pitcher to reach the 300-save milestone, joining Rollie Fingers, Jeff Reardon, Rich Gossage, and Bruce Sutter as baseball’s top closers.

August 18, 1995: Tom Henke gets his 300th career save

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On August 18, 1995, Tom Henke battled through arguably his toughest outing of the season to collect the 300th save of his career.

August 14, 1971: Bob Gibson pitches his ‘greatest game,’ no-hits the Pirates

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Bob Gibson predicted many times throughout his career that he would never throw a no-hitter.

August 10, 2010: Brawl vs. Reds ends Jason LaRue’s career

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On August 10, 2010, the fierce rivalry between the Cardinals and Reds spilled into a violent brawl that ended catcher Jason LaRue’s career.

August 9, 2007: Rick Ankiel homers in his return to the majors – as an outfielder

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When Rick Ankiel arrived at Busch Stadium III on August 9, 2007, it had been almost seven years since he’d thrown five wild pitches in Game 1 of the National League Division Series and tied a 110-year-old record.

August 6, 2004: Cardinals trade for Larry Walker as they make World Series push

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One week after the 2004 trade deadline, the Cardinals added future Hall of Famer Larry Walker to a lineup that already included Albert Pujols, Scott Rolen, and Jim Edmonds.

July 31, 1997: Cardinals trade for Mark McGwire

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On July 31, 1997, the Cardinals made the deadline deal of deadline deals, acquiring first baseman Mark McGwire from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for pitchers Eric Ludwick, T.J. Mathews, and Blake Stein.

July 30, 1959: Bob Gibson shuts out the Reds in his first career start

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On July 30, 1959, Bob Gibson formally introduced himself to the Cincinnati Reds and Major League Baseball, earning the first of 251 career victories in the first starting assignment of his career.

July 29, 2002: Cardinals trade for all-star third baseman Scott Rolen

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When the trade was finally complete, the newest St. Louis Cardinal, Scott Rolen, recalled his father taking him to games at Busch Stadium in the 1980s.

July 31, 2014: Cardinals trade Allen Craig, Joe Kelly to acquire John Lackey

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Heading into the 2014 trade deadline, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak knew that he needed to shake up his ballclub.