Ten Memorable Moments and Five to Forget at Busch Stadium II

Jul 8, 2009 at 4:00 am
Ten Memorable Moments at Busch Stadium II

October 8, 1967: Bob Gibson throws a five-hit shutout against the Red Sox, striking out six and walking only one. The win gives the Cards a 3-1 lead in the World Series. After losing the next two, they will go on to win Game 7 in Boston for the team's eighth title.

October 2, 1968: Bob Gibson opens the 1968 World Series with one of the most dominant performances in baseball history: a five-hit shutout of the Tigers, with seventeen strikeouts. Gibson will also win Game 4 of the series but will take the loss in the Tigers' Game 7 clincher.

September 10, 1974: Lou Brock steals his 104th and 105th bases of the year, breaking the single-season record set by Maury Wills. Brock will finish the season with 118 swipes — a record that will stand until 1982, when Rickey Henderson pilfers 130.

April 16, 1978: Bob Forsch throws a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies. On September 26, 1983, Forsch will throw his second career no-hitter, this time stymieing the Montreal Expos at Busch II.

August 13, 1979: Cardinal great Lou Brock, 40 years old, singles against the Chicago Cubs for his 3,000th career hit. He'll finish the season, his last, with 3,023 hits for his career.

October 20, 1982: Bruce Sutter strikes out Brewers slugger Gorman Thomas to win Game 7 of the World Series. The title is the Cardinals' ninth, and the team's first since 1967.

October 14, 1985: Ozzie Smith hits a walk-off home run to give the Cardinals a 3-2 lead in the National League Championship Series against the Dodgers. The homer is the switch-hitting Smith's first ever as a left-handed batter and prompts one of Jack Buck's most famous calls: "Go crazy, folks, go crazy!" In 2005 Cardinals fans will vote this the top moment in the history of Busch Stadium II.

September 9, 1998: Mark McGwire hits a line-drive home run off Cubs pitcher Steve Trachsel for his 62nd homer of the year, breaking Roger Maris' single-season record. McGwire will finish 1998 with 70 homers, a record that stands till Barry Bonds hits 73 in 2001.

April 9, 2001: Albert Pujols makes his Busch Stadium II debut, playing third base and batting seventh. The thirteenth-round draft pick, selected 402nd overall in 1999, goes 1-for-3 with two RBI.

October 20, 2004: Jim Edmonds wins Game 6 of the National League Championship Series against the Astros with a walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the 12th inning. The Cardinals will go on to win Game 7 the next day to clinch the pennant.

Five Moments to Forget at Busch Stadium II

October 10, 1968: The Tigers defeat the Cardinals 4-1 to clinch the World Series. The Cardinals had led the series 3-1, then lost three games in a row, including the final two at home.

September 3, 1975: The great Bob Gibson ends his career on a sour note, giving up two hits, three walks and five earned runs — four of which score on a grand slam — in one inning of relief work.

October 13, 1985: Rain falls prior to Game 4 of the National League Championship Series against the Dodgers. Busch Stadium's automatic tarp deploys, trapping rookie outfielder Vince Coleman underneath and breaking his ankle. The Cardinals go on to win the series but lose the World Series to the Royals.

October 27, 2004: The Red Sox complete a four-game sweep of the Cardinals for the team's first World Series title since 1918. After a wild 11-9 loss in the first game, the Cardinals' bats fall silent, managing only one run in the two games played at Busch Stadium II.

October 19, 2005: In the final game ever at the second Busch Stadium, the Astros defeat the Cardinals 5-1 to snag the National League pennant.