National League Central Division Champions!!!!
Season Record: 88-74 Standing: 1st
Attendance: 2,654,718 Manager: Tony LaRussa
Opening day Lineup: (New York: 7, St. Louis: 6, Away, April 1st)
RF – Willie McGee
SS - Royce Clayton
CF - Ray Lankford
LF - Ron Gant
3B - Gary Gaetti
1B - John Mabry
C - Pat Borders
2B – Luis Alicea
P – Andy Benes
All Stars: League Leaders:
Mark Petkovsek – W/L% (.846)
MVP Brian Jordan (8th) Cy Young
Andy Benes (3rd)
Rookie of the Year
Alan Benes (7th)
Manager of the Year
Tony LaRussa (3rd)
Games I attended this season:
Date Game # Opponent Score Seat Price 5/11 20 Dodgers 4-2 L Loge Reserved $10.50 5/31 25 Astros 6-4 W General Admission $5.50 6/14 29 Mets 13-4 W Loge Reserved $10.50 7/27 49 Expos 6-3 W Terrace Reserved $9.50 8/29 66 Marlins 10-9 L Field Box $14.00 9/28 80 Reds 5-2 W General Admission $5.50
1996 Team Info.(from Baseball-Reference.com) 1996 League Stats (from Baseball-Reference.com)
- Cardinals Retire #1
- NLDS Brian Jordan Home Run
National League Championship Series: (Series recap)
StL: 3 Atlanta: 4
National League Division Series: (Series recap)
StL: 3 San Diego: 0
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A much anticipated face-lift to Busch Stadium happened this year bringing real grass back!
The Cardinals win back-to-back games 1-0 against the Phillies in late April. This is the first time this has happened since 1968.
Gary Gaetti goes on the disabled list in April until May 14th when he dropped a steel sewer grate on his foot.
In late May, the Cards go to Houston and sweep a three game series from the first place Astros.
In mid-June, Ozzie announces that he will retire at the end of the season.
In mid-July, the Cards blast seven HRs in a game against the Cubs. This tied a team record set in 1940.
Todd Stottlemyer got his 1,000th career strikeout in early August.
The Cards sweep the first place Astros at Busch in early September to give them the Central Division lead!
Donovan Osborne's only HR of his career was a grand slam, in a 8-3 with over the Padres at home on Sept. 7th.
On September 24th the Cards clinch to Central Division title.
September 28th was "Ozzie Smith Farewell Day" and a win on the last day of the season over the Reds.
Tony LaRussa was awarded with the AP Manager of the Year.
The Cardinals' retired three numbers this year: #1 - Ozzie Smith, #2 - Red Schoendienst, #9 - Enos Slaughter
Manager Tony La Russa's first home opener with the Cardinals was a 4-3 loss to the Expos (10 innings) on April 8th. F.P. Santangelo singled home the winning run. Only John Mabry, who started at first base for the Cardinals in that game, and Mark Sweeney, who relieved him, are still active in the major leagues among the Cardinals who played that day.
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(Tell me your highlights from 1996!)
Division: Cardinals over Astros (3-0)
NL Championship: Braves over Cardinals (4-3) World Series: Yankees over Braves (4-2)
- The St. Louis Post Dispatch, April 2, 2007
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