Tony La Russa's hiring on Oct. 23, 1995, paved the way for change in an organization known for stability since the 1950s. Just three days later, Anheuser-Busch announced they were putting the Cardinals up for sale while the Astroturf playing surface was being removed. By Opening Day 1996, however, La Russa was ushering in a new era of Cardinals baseball with new ownership and a return to natural grass. The winning ways also returned as La Russa would guide the club to two World Series championships during his tenure.
In an incredible twist, two of the Cardinals most famous postseason homeruns came off of the same pitcher! Tied at two games apiece in the 1985 NLCS, Ozzie Smith hit a game-winning home run off Dodgers pitcher Tom Niedenfuer, made famous by Jack Buck's "Go Crazy" call. During Game 6, trailing by a run with two on in the ninth-inning, Jack Clark delivered the same blow with a 450-foot bomb."Only way that thing would have stayed in the park was if it had hit the Goodyear blimp and dropped right down," quipped Niedenfuer.
On Oct. 4th, 1964, the Cardinals' impossible dream came true. Down 6.5 games to Philadelphia on Sept. 20 with 12 games to play, the Redbirds stormed back into contention while the Phillies collapsed. The pennant was cinched following an, 11-5, win over the Mets while the Reds defeated the Phillies. Featured here is a scorecard from that game, when the Cardinals punched their ticket to another World Series berth.