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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) (Summary)

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:  (All-Star game summary)                       League Leaders:

Ozzie Smith 

Mark Petkovsek W/L% (.846)

Award voting:                                              

Brian Jordan (8th)
Cy Young  

Andy Benes (3rd)

Rookie of the Year  

Alan Benes (7th)

Manager of the Year  

Tony LaRussa (3rd)



Monthly W-L  














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    1996 League Stats (from 






MLB Videos:

- Cardinals Retire #1

- NLDS Brian Jordan Home Run



National League Championship Series: (Series recap)


StL:  3     Atlanta:  4


Wednesday, 10/9 -  Braves: 4  Cards: 2  (in Atlanta)

Thursday, 10/10 -  Cards: 8   Braves: 3  (in Atlanta)

Saturday, 10/12 -  Cards: 3   Braves: 2  (in St. Louis)

Sunday, 10/13 -  Cards: 4  Braves: 3  (in St. Louis)

Monday, 10/14 - Braves: 14   Cards: 0  (in St. Louis)

Wednesday, 10/16 - Braves: 3  Cards: 1  (in Atlanta)

Thursday, 10/17 - Braves: 15  Cards: 0  (in Atlanta)


1996 MLB NLCS Official Program


National League Division Series:  (Series recap)


StL:  3     San Diego:  0


Tuesday, 10/1 -  Cards: 3   Padres: 1   (in St.Louis)

Thursday, 10/3 -  Cards: 5  Padres: 4   (in St. Louis)

Saturday, 10/5 -  Cards: 7  Padres: 5    (at San Diego)



1996 St. Louis Post Dispatch Magazine (4/7)   Beckett Baseball Card Monthy - Ozzie Smith - November 1996 - Issue #140

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1996 TV Guide         1996 St. Louis Cardinals Scorecard

St. Louis Cardinals - 1996 Ticket info front cover   St. Louis Cardinals - 1996 Ticket info front cover



1996 St. Louis Cardinals team photo (SGA)



1996 - USA Today Baseball Weekly - Spring Training Preview

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A much anticipated face-lift to Busch Stadium happened this year bringing real grass back!  The color scheme is changed back to a traditional "ballpark green."   Homers Landing (picnic area) has been added as well as the Family Pavilion.  The Cardinals bullpen is in left field in front of Homer's Landing.

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

Andy Benes started the season at 1-7, but went 17-3 after May 19th, finishing 18-10.  At one point, he won 10 straight decisions.

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. 


Becket Baseball Card Magazine - March 1996 -  Musial  Williams


1996 St. Louis Cardinals Official Spring Training Program

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Enos Slaughter Day 9-6-1996    Ozzie Smith Day 9-28-1996

    Red Schoendienst Day - 5-11-1996   1982 Cardinals Salute Their Teamate - Ozzie Smith - 9-27-1996

1996 St. Louis Cardinals pocket schedule   



(Tell me your highlights from 1996!)


NL 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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