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1969 St. Louis Cardinals season

This article is about the Major League Baseball team. For the National Football League team, see 1969 St. Louis Cardinals (NFL) season.

Template:MLB yearly infobox The 1969 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 88th season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 78th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 87-75 during the season and finished fourth in the newly established National League East, 13 games behind the eventual NL pennant and World Series champion New York Mets. The resurgent Cubs, featuring players such as Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, and Billy Williams and helmed by fiery manager Leo Durocher, led the newly formed NL East for much of the summer of 1969 before faltering. The Cardinals put on a mid-season surge, as their famous announcer Harry Caray (in what would prove to be his final season of 25 doing Cardinals broadcasts) began singing, "The Cardinals are coming, tra-la-la-la". However, to the surprise of both Chicago and St. Louis, the Miracle Mets would ultimately win the division, as well as the league championship and the World Series.

Offseason

Regular season

Pitcher Bob Gibson and outfielder Curt Flood won Gold Gloves this year.

1969 also marked the final season for the Busch Stadium grass before the installation of AstroTurf, which would be their home surface for the next 26 seasons.

After the season, long-time broadcaster Harry Caray was fired. Caray would be a broadcaster for the Oakland Athletics in 1970, before spending 27 seasons in Chicago with the White Sox (1971-1981) and the Cubs from 1982 until his death prior to the 1998 season.

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB
New York Mets 100 62 .617 --
Chicago Cubs 92 70 .568 8
Pittsburgh Pirates 88 74 .543 12
St. Louis Cardinals 87 75 .537 13
Philadelphia Phillies 63 99 .389 37
Montreal Expos 52 110 .321 48

Opening Day starters

Notable transactions

Roster

1969 St. Louis Cardinals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
CF Flood, CurtCurt Flood 153 606 173 .285 4 57

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Davalillo, VicVic Davalillo 63 98 26 .265 2 10
Browne, ByronByron Browne 22 53 12 .226 1 7
DaVanon, JerryJerry DaVanon 16 40 12 .300 1 7

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Gibson, BobBob Gibson 35 314 20 13 2.18 269
Briles, NelsonNelson Briles 36 227.2 15 13 3.52 126

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Campisi, SalSal Campisi 7 1 0 0 0.93 7
Davalillo, VicVic Davalillo 1 0 0 0 0

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tulsa Oilers American Association Warren Spahn
AA Arkansas Travelers Texas League Ray Hathaway
A Modesto Reds California League Joe Cunningham
A St. Petersburg Cardinals Florida State League Jack Krol
A Cedar Rapids Cardinals Midwest League Roy Majtyka
Short-Season A Lewis-Clark Broncs Northwest League Bobby Dews
Rookie GCL Cardinals Gulf Coast League Tom Burgess
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References

External links

  • 1969 St. Louis Cardinals
  • 1969 St. Louis Cardinals team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
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