On Dec. 5, 1957, a magnificent Flood hit the Cardinals. His name was Curt. Acquired in a trade from the Reds for three obscure pitchers, Curt Flood would soon make his mark on the Cardinals and help them to three World Series appearances. A favorite with the fans for his superior defensive play, Flood would win seven consecutive Rawlings Gold Glove Awards from 1963-69. Shown here is his home jersey from 1967, his second world championship season.
Groin injuries are never a good thing for athletes, but it worked out in the favor of the Cardinals in 1934, when Johnny Mize was returned from the Reds after he had been traded on a conditional basis. After his recovery, Mize returned to the Minors and made his MLB debut in 1936 before completing six great seasons with the Redbirds. He still holds several franchise records, including the most home runs by a left-handed batter in a season (43 in 1940), most RBIs in a season by a lefty (137 in 1940) and the most games with three or more home runs (4).
This month's featured item caps off the 2012 season ... literally! Shown here is Yadier Molina's batting helmet from the regular season and playoffs. Molina had a career year with personal highs in batting average (.315), hits (159), runs (65), home runs (22), RBIs (76), total bases (253) and stolen bases (12). He was honored as an All-Star and won the Rawlings Gold Glove for his defense. The helmet features Molina's No. 4 above the special postseason decal that was worn during the playoffs.