January 16 marks the birthday of one of the greatest Cardinals, Dizzy Dean. Born Jay Hanna Dean in 1910 in Lucas, Ark., Dizzy claimed that his education ended after the second grade and that he honed his baseball skills by throwing hickory nuts at squirrels. After he retired from pitching, he broadcast games for the Cardinals and Browns and would even break into song. Shown here is 'The Dizzy Dean Dictionary,' created to humorously help fans better understand his 'language' such as when he used slud for slid.
January is not normally known as a month for big baseball happenings, but the Cardinals largest contract was signed when Matt Holliday agreed to a seven year extension in 2010. Holliday came to the Cardinals via trade in 2009 and helped the club to the National League central division crown that year. Since then, he has continued to help lead the team and played a pivotal role during the 2011 season and World Series championship. Shown here is one of Matt's bats from his first few months with the Redbirds in 2009.
On Jan. 9 2002, Ozzie Smith became only the 37th player in MLB history to be elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year on the ballot. Known as "The Wizard" for his acrobatic skill on the field, Smith's work with the glove set new standards for defense. Shown here is one he used in the early 1990s from the Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum collection. Ozzie earned a record-setting 15 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards for defensive excellence and led the Cardinals to three World Series in the 1980s.