1969 St. Louis Cardinals season
|1969 St. Louis Cardinals|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||August "Gussie" Busch|
|General manager(s)||Bing Devine|
(Harry Caray, Jack Buck)
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The 1969 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 88th season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 78th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 87–75 during the season and finished fourth in the newly established National League East, 13 games behind the eventual NL pennant and World Series champion New York Mets.
The resurgent Chicago Cubs, featuring players such as Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, and Billy Williams and helmed by fiery manager Leo Durocher, led the newly formed NL East for much of the summer before faltering. The Cardinals put on a mid-season surge, as their famous announcer Harry Caray (in what would prove to be his final season of 25 doing Cardinals broadcasts) began singing, "The Cardinals are coming, tra-la, tra-la". However, to the surprise of both Chicago and St. Louis, the Miracle Mets would ultimately win the division, as well as the league championship and the World Series.
- October 14, 1968: Coco Laboy was drafted from the Cardinals by the Montreal Expos as the 54th pick in the 1968 MLB expansion draft.
- December 2, 1968: 1968 rule 5 draft
- February 12, 1969: Byron Browne was purchased by the Cardinals from the Houston Astros.
- March 17, 1969: Orlando Cepeda was traded by the Cardinals to the Atlanta Braves for Joe Torre.
- March 29, 1969: Dennis Ribant was purchased by the Cardinals from the Kansas City Royals.
- Prior to 1969 season: Tommy Cruz was signed by the Cardinals as an amateur free agent.
1969 also marked the final season for the Busch Stadium grass before the installation of AstroTurf, which would be their home surface for the next 26 seasons.
After the season, long-time broadcaster Harry Caray was fired. Caray would be a broadcaster for the Oakland Athletics in 1970, before spending 27 seasons in Chicago with the White Sox (1971–1981) and the Cubs from 1982 until his death prior to the 1998 season.
|New York Mets||100||62||0.617||—||52–30||48–32|
|St. Louis Cardinals||87||75||0.537||13||42–38||45–37|
Record vs. opponents
1969 National League Records
Opening Day starters
- Lou Brock
- Curt Flood
- Bob Gibson
- Julián Javier
- Dal Maxvill
- Tim McCarver
- Vada Pinson
- Mike Shannon
- Joe Torre
- April 3, 1969: Bo Belinsky was purchased from the Cardinals by the California Angels.
- May 22, 1969: John Sipin and Sonny Ruberto were traded by the Cardinals to the San Diego Padres for Bill Davis and Jerry DaVanon.
- June 5, 1969: Bill Madlock was drafted by the Cardinals in the 11th round of the 1969 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign.
- June 14, 1969: Dennis Ribant was traded by the Cardinals to the Cincinnati Reds for Aurelio Monteagudo.
|1969 St. Louis Cardinals|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|CF||Flood, CurtCurt Flood||153||606||173||.285||4||57|
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|Davalillo, VicVic Davalillo||63||98||26||.265||2||10|
|Browne, ByronByron Browne||22||53||12||.226||1||7|
|DaVanon, JerryJerry DaVanon||16||40||12||.300||1||7|
|Gibson, BobBob Gibson||35||314||20||13||2.18||269|
|Briles, NelsonNelson Briles||36||227.2||15||13||3.52||126|
Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
|Campisi, SalSal Campisi||7||1||0||0||0.93||7|
|Davalillo, VicVic Davalillo||1||0||0||0||∞||0|
- Coco Laboy page at Baseball Reference
- Pedro Borbón page at Baseball Reference
- Bo Belinksy page at Baseball Reference
- Byron Browne page at Baseball Reference
- Orlando Cepeda page at Baseball Reference
- Dennis Ribant page at Baseball Reference
- Tommy Cruz page at Baseball-Reference
- 1969 St. Louis Cardinals Roster by Baseball Almanac
- Sonny Ruberto page at Baseball Reference
- Bill Madlock page at Baseball Reference
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007