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1966 St. Louis Cardinals season

This article is about the Major League Baseball team. For the National Football League team, see 1966 St. Louis Cardinals (NFL) season.

Template:MLB yearly infobox-pre1969 The 1966 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 85th season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 75th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 83-79 during the season and finished sixth in the National League, 12 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.


Regular season

This season marked the final time the Cardinals played in Sportsman's Park/Busch Stadium I, as they played their final home game at that ballpark on May 8, losing to the San Francisco Giants, 10-5. Busch sought to replace the increasingly inadequate Busch Stadium (formerly Sportsman's Park) with a modern facility in a better location. The result was a new multi-purpose, $25 million concrete stadium, also named for Busch's father - Busch Memorial Stadium, also known as Busch II.

The Cardinals moved into Busch II four days later, and defeated the Atlanta Braves, 4-3 in 12 innings. On July 12, the Cardinals hosted the 1966 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at their new stadium, in 105 degree heat and humidity, with the NL defeating the AL, 2-1 in ten innings. Busch Memorial Stadium was where the Cardinals would play baseball until the end of 2005.

Later derided as a facsimile of the bland, cookie-cutter "multi-purpose stadia" built in multiple locations of the United States in the 1960s, Busch Memorial achieved a measure of popularity among St. Louis fans in a way that its cousins in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati did not, perhaps due in part to the success of the teams which played there, and perhaps also due to the distinctive roof arches added by architect Edward Durrell Stone — unique touches meant to echo the city's new iconic monument (completed at nearly the same time), the Gateway Arch.

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

Season standings

National League W L GB Pct.
Los Angeles Dodgers 95 67 -- .586
San Francisco Giants 93 68 1.5 .578
Pittsburgh Pirates 92 70 3 .568
Philadelphia Phillies 87 75 8 .537
Atlanta Braves 85 77 10 .525
St. Louis Cardinals 83 79 12 .512
Cincinnati Reds 76 84 18 .475
Houston Astros 72 90 23 .444
New York Mets 66 95 28.5 .410
Chicago Cubs 59 103 36 .364

Notable transactions


1966 St. Louis Cardinals
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



Player stats


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
3B Smith, CharleyCharley Smith 116 391 104 .266 10 43

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


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 35 280.1 21 12 2.44 225
Jackson, AlAl Jackson 36 232.2 13 15 2.51 90

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
Briles, NelsonNelson Briles 49 154 4 15 3.21 100

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
Piché, RonRon Piché 20 1 3 2 4.26 21
Aust, DennisDennis Aust 9 0 1 1 6.52 7

Awards and records

  • Tim McCarver, National League leader, Triples, (13). McCarver became the second catcher in the history of the National League to lead the league in triples.[7]

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tulsa Oilers Pacific Coast League Charlie Metro
AA Arkansas Travelers Texas League Vern Rapp
A St. Petersburg Cardinals Florida State League Sparky Anderson
A Cedar Rapids Cardinals Midwest League Ron Plaza
A Rock Hill Cardinals Western Carolinas League Jack Krol
Short-Season A Eugene Emeralds Northwest League Hugh Luby
Rookie GCL Cardinals Gulf Coast League George Kissell

Eugene affiliation shared with Philadelphia Phillies[8]


External links

  • 1966 St. Louis Cardinals
  • 1966 St. Louis Cardinals team page at
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