1964 St. Louis Cardinals
A primer on the upcoming election in which the legendary Cardinal third baseman is on the ballot.
As Lou Brock celebrates his 75th birthday today during the year that the St. Louis Cardinals are commemorating the 50th anniversary of their 1964 World Series title, it's worth remembering that 50 seasons ago, the St. Louis Cardinals were floundering. A promising 22-14 start was undermined by a 6-16 stretch. The Cardinals began play on June 15 at 28-30; tied with the Dodgers for seventh place in the National League and ahead of only the 1962 expansion franchises - the Houston Colt .45s and the New York Mets. A lot of great pitching was being wasted by an underperforming offense. The run-scoring had dwindled to only six tallies in the past seven games. Stan Musial had retired at the conclusion of the 1963 season and his replacement, local product (Webster Groves High School, Washington University, Mizzou) Charlie James, was OPSing .653 with no stolen bases and mediocre defense in left field. The June 15 trading deadline (the deadline wasn't changed to July 31 until 1986) was hours away. Redbird GM Vaughan (Bing) Devine pulled the trigger on a gutsy deal that shaped the Cardinal lineup for a generation as he packaged pitchers Ernie Broglio and Bobby Shantz with reserve corner outfielder Doug Clemens to the Chicago Cubs for reliever Jack Spring, minor league pitcher Paul Toth and outfielder Lou Brock.