June marks the tenth anniversary of the passing of two Cardinals greats, Jack Buck and Darryl Kile. Following the deaths of Buck (6/18/2002) and Kile (6/22/2002) within one week of one another, a makeshift memorial appeared outside of Busch Stadium as fans left notes, flowers and other items. The team also donned patches on their jerseys for each man. But, Kile's jersey included just one patch for Buck; where every other player would receive a second memorializing Kile.
Did you know that Hall of Famer Lou Brock was born in El Dorado, Arkansas? Arkansas has long been a hotbed for Cardinals fans, including one former president, Bill Clinton. Currently, the Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum has a temporary exhibit at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, featuring over 100 items from the team's incredible collection one of which is Lou Brock's jacket from the 1964 World Series..
In one of the most lopsided trades in Major League history, Brock was acquired from the Chicago Cubs on June 15, 1964, for Ernie Broglio. Ironically, most Cardinals fans felt that Chicago was getting the better end of the deal. However, Broglio was never quite the same pitcher that he had been for the Cardinals, and Brock would go onto a Hall of Fame career. This scorecard from Brock's first month as a Cardinal (6/28/1964) shows Brock with a three-hit day in an 8-2 Cardinals victory over the Phillies. Brock would later retire as the all-time stolen bases leader and a 3000-hit club member.