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Season Record:  100-62          Standing:  1st

Attendance 3,537,713       Manager:   Tony LaRussa

Opening day Lineup: (St. Louis: 7, Houston: 3, Away, April 5th)  (Summary)

SS      David Eckstien                                    

RF -      Larry Walker 

1B -      Albert Pujols                                              

3B -     Scott Rolen                                       

CF -     Jim Edmonds                                      

2B    Mark Grudzielanek 

LF -     Reggie Sanders                                    

C -       Yadier Molina                                              

P        Chris Carpenter

 All Stars:   (All-Star game summary)             Gold Glove Winners:

Chris Carpenter

Jim Edmonds
David Eckstein  
Jim Edmonds  
Jason Isringhausen  
Albert Pujols  
Scott Rolen

League Leaders:

Albert Pujols Runs - 129
Albert Pujols Times on base - 301
Albert Pujols Intentional Walks - 27
Chris Carpenter Complete games - 7 (tied with Willis)


Albert Pujols NL MVP
Chris Carpenter NL Cy Young
Jason Marquis Silver Slugger (Pitcher)

Award voting:                                              

Chris Carpenter (8th)

Jim Edmonds (tied 26th)

Manager of the Year  

Tony LaRussa (2nd)



Monthly W-L   Home Road


15-7 8-5 7-2


18-11 9-5 9-6


16-11 8-5 8-6


17-9 8-5 9-4


19-11 8-5 11-6


15-13 9-6 6-7


Games at Busch Stadium I attended this season (click date for game summary):


Game #








3-2 L

Terrace Reserved





5-4 L

Terrace Reserved





6-5 L

Loge Reserved





8-4 L

Field Box


8/2 55 Marlins 3-1 W

Terrace Reserved




2005 Team Info.(from    2005 League Stats (from





MLB Videos:

- NLCS Game 5 - Pujols HR



National League Championship Series:  


StL:  2     Houston4


NLCS Recap (MLB)


Wednesday, 10/12 -  Cards: 5   Astros: 3   (in St.Louis)  (Game recap)

Thursday, 10/13 -  Cards: 1   Astros: 4   (in St.Louis)  (Game recap)

Saturday, 10/15 -   Cards: 3   Astros4   (at Houston(Game recap)

Sunday, 10/16 -   Cards: 1   Astros2   (at Houston(Game recap)

Monday, 10/17 -   Cards: 5   Astros4   (at Houston.)  (Game recap)

Wednesday, 10/19 -   Cards: 1   Astros5   (in St.Louis)  (Game recap)


2005 National League Championship Series - St. Louis Cardinals & Houston Astros

By DAVE REYNOLDS of the Copley News Service
Wednesday, October 19, 2005


The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Cardinal nine that day;
The score stood four to two with but one inning left to play;
And then, when J-Rod struck out swinging and Mabry did the same,
A sickly silence fell as Cardinal Nation glumly watched the game.

A straggling few shut off the tube, in deep despair.
The rest clung to that hope which "springs eternal in the human breast;
"They thought, If only Albert could but get a whack at that,
We'd put up even money now, with Albert at the bat.

But Eck preceded Albert, as did also Jimmy Ed,
Both touched by Angels in the past, they must face Lidge instead;
So, upon that red-clad multitude grim melancholy sat,
For there seemed but little chance of Albert's getting to the bat.

But Eck let drive a single, to the wonderment of all,
And Jimmy waited patiently until Lidge unleashed four balls,
'Stros screaming stopped abruptly with the park about to burst,
Because Eck was safe at second, and Jimmy was huggin' first.

Then from the nation's heartland rose a yell from throats so parched,
It rumbled through the Shawnee, it rattled in the Arch,
It knocked upon the Ozarks and recoiled upon the flat,
For Albert, mighty Albert, was advancing to the bat.

There was strain in Albert's manner as he stepped into his place;
here was pride in Albert's bearing and a snarl on Albert's face,
For on this night he was oh-for-four, a collar he rarely wears,
And now, the season was on the line as he countered Lidge's stares.

A billion eyes were on him as he dug into the box;
Ten million tongues said 'Shhh' to the chatty announcers on FOX.
Then, while the strapping pitcher ground the ball into his hip,
Defiance gleamed in Albert's eye, a sneer curled Albert's lip.

And now the leather-covered sphere came hurtling through the air,
And Albert swung and missed the ball with quite a bit to spare,
My slider, Lidge mused, my slider he cannot hit,
But Albert saw a sea of red and knew he couldn't quit.

The assembled Texans smelled long-sought glory, so close now for theirteam,
But Albert dug in even more, resolved to spoil their dream.
No World Series bid in 44 years, not once since Houston's birth,
And now one man stood in their way of ending that dreadful dearth.

The sneer is gone from Albert's lip; his teeth are clenched in hate;
He pounds with measured violence his bat upon the plate.
And now Brad Lidge holds the ball, and now he lets it go,
And now the indoor air is shattered by the force of Albert's blow.

Oh! somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light.
And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children sleep;
But there is no joy in Houston - mighty Albert has gone deep.


National League Division Series:  


StL:  3     San Diego0


NLDS Recap (MLB)


Tuesday, 10/4 -  Cards: 8   San Diego: 5   (in St.Louis)  (Game recap)

Thursday, 10/6 -  Cards: 6   San Diego2   (in St. Louis(Game recap)

Saturday, 10/8 -   Cards: 7   San Diego4   (in S.D.(Game recap)



Albert Pujols is the NL MVP!!!

Chris Carpenter is the NL Cy Young winner!!!

2005 Season Review (StlToday)

2005 Season Review (MLB)

2005 NL Central Champions!


Chris Carpenter named Player of the Week!

Tony LaRussa moves into 3rd place in career wins!

Albert Pujols gets 100 RBIs in each of his five seasons!

Albert Pujols first with 30 in first five seasons!

Cardinal notes at the "Break"


New Record - Largest lead over the second place team (11.5)!

Seventh time in LaRussa's tenure (10yrs) that the Cards are over .500 at the break!

Only ML team to have 3 - 10 game winners!

NL's lowest team ERA (3.41) and 3rd in batting (.271)

29 road wins - most in the majors


Cardinals have 6 players on the NL All-Star team!!!

2005 Cincinnati Trip

Albert Pujols named Co-Player of the Week!

2005 Kansas City Trip

Mark Mulder named Player of the Week!

Tony LaRussa moves into 4th place in career wins!

2005 Milwaukee Trip

2005 Season Preview

New Ballpark pictures!!!

Baseball America named Anthony Reyes as the Cardinals top prospect in 2005 & 2006

The Cards moved into 1st place for good on April 16th.  They held 1st place for the remaining 153 games!

On April 27th, Mark Grudzielanek hits for the cycle against the Brewers.

On May 24th, Tony La Russa moves into sole possession of second place on the Cardinals all-time managerial wins list with his 823rd win.  He moves past Whitey Herzog with a 2-1 win over Pittsburgh.

Mulder beats Clemens and the Astros 1-0, pitching a complete 10 inning game on April 23rd.

On May10th, Rolen collides with Hee-Seop Choi (Dodgers) at first base, effectively ending his season.

The Cards take 4 of 6 at Busch against the Red Sox and Yankees.

Scott Seabol hits a game-winning homer to beat the Yankees on June 12th.

Chris Carpenter starts for the NL in the All-Star game.  (It's the first time a Cardinal pitcher has started the All-Star game since Rick Wise in 1973)

David Eckstein hits a walk-off grand-slam homer against the Braves on August 6th.

The Cards end the season with the ERA title (3.48) in the NL and finish second with team batting avg. (.330)

The Cards starters pitched more innings that any other team, 1054 and went deeper into games averaging 6 2/3 innings.

Pujols takes over the Cardinal record for career hits in the NLCS, 26, formally held by Willie McGee.



2005 St. Louis Cardinals Spring Training Program         2005 St. Louis Cardinals Scorecard  


2005 St. Louis Cardinals Pocket Schedule        St. Louis Cardinals - Cardinals Crew


 2005 St. Louis Cardinals Final Game Scorecard   2005 St. Louis Cardinals Yearbook



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NL Division: St. Louis over San Diego (3-0)      NL Championship: Houston over St. Louis (4-2)

World SeriesChicago over Houston (4-0)


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