August 1980 provided a unique twist in Cardinals history. Whitey Herzog succeeded Jack Krol as manager of the Redbirds, but turned his managerial duties over to Red Schoendienst when he was named the General Manager of the club on August 29. The itch to get back in the dugout for Herzog would be too strong, as he came back to the post during the offseason. Herzog would go on to lead the club to three World Series in the 1980s. Pictured here is Herzog's "Victory Blue" 1981 jersey.
Thirty years ago this month one of the greatest feats by a third-string catcher occurred in Cardinals history, when Glenn Brummer stole home with two outs in the bottom of the 12th inning to win the game for the Redbirds. Outside of winning the World Series, this moment is clearly one of the most talked about of the 1982 season. Shown here is the home plate awarded to Brummer for his amazing feat, which was decorated by well-known sports artist Amadee and signed by his teammates. .
Following a successful stint with the New York Yankees as one of the "M&M Boys," (Mickey Mantle being the other), Roger Maris closed out his career with the Cardinals in 1967 and 1968. Maris is best known for breaking Babe Ruth's single-season home run record with 61 drives in the 1961 season. He remarked that his years with the Cardinals were "probably two of the most enjoyable years" of his career. Maris retired on Aug. 5, 1968. His final game was against the Astros on Sept. 29, 1968, the Redbirds won 11-1. Featured here is Maris' undershirt from his tenure with the Cardinals.