Bob Gibson is one of the greatest pitchers in Cardinals history, but for all of his work off the mound he holds one of the most unique records for Cardinals' hurlers: He has hit the most grand slams. There have been 11 pitchers in franchise history to drive in four on a round-tripper, but Gibson holds the mark with two. His second, and record-setting grand slam, came on July 26, 1973, at home against the New York Mets. Featured here is one of Gibson's jerseys from that era.
Considering the annual mid-season break in the Major League Baseball season during July and the annual All-Star Game that occurs during this span, it's interesting to note that a Cardinals' pitcher received the inaugural start for the National League team. Bill Hallahan took the mound on July 6, 1933, at Comiskey Park, but took the loss to the American League squad, 4-2. He was joined by Frank Frisch, Pepper Martin and Jimmie Wilson as Cardinals representatives in the first Mid-Summer Classic..
Eighty-eight years ago this month, Jesse Haines recorded the first no-hitter in team history (the franchise's official statistics begin in 1892 with continuous membership in the National League). Haines took the hill on July 17, 1924, at Sportsman's Park against the Boston Braves and led his team to a 5-0 victory. He was also effective at the plate with one hit and a run scored in the affair. Featured here is an original scorecard from the occasion.