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1969 St. Louis Cardinals season

This article is about the Major League Baseball team. For the National Football League team, see 1969 St. Louis Cardinals (NFL) season.

1969 St. Louis Cardinals
Major League affiliations
Location
  • St. Louis, Missouri (since 1882)
  • Results
    Record 87–75 (.537)
    Divisional place 4th
    Other information
    Owner(s) August "Gussie" Busch
    Manager(s) Red Schoendienst
    Local television KSD-TV
    Local radio KMOX
    (Harry Caray, Jack Buck)
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    The 1969 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 88th season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 78th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 87–75 during the season and finished fourth in the newly established National League East, 13 games behind the eventual NL pennant and World Series champion New York Mets.

    The resurgent Chicago Cubs, featuring players such as Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, and Billy Williams and helmed by fiery manager Leo Durocher, led the newly formed NL East for much of the summer before faltering. The Cardinals put on a mid-season surge, as their famous announcer Harry Caray (in what would prove to be his final season of 25 doing Cardinals broadcasts) began singing, "The Cardinals are coming, tra-la, tra-la". However, to the surprise of both Chicago and St. Louis, the Miracle Mets would ultimately win the division, as well as the league championship and the World Series.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    Pitcher Bob Gibson and outfielder Curt Flood won Gold Gloves this year.

    1969 also marked the final season for the Busch Stadium grass before the installation of AstroTurf, which would be their home surface for the next 26 seasons.

    After the season, long-time broadcaster Harry Caray was fired. Caray would be a broadcaster for the Oakland Athletics in 1970, before spending 27 seasons in Chicago with the White Sox (19711981) and the Cubs from 1982 until his death prior to the 1998 season.

    Season standings

    NL East W L Pct. GB
    New York Mets 100 62 .617 --
    Chicago Cubs 92 70 .568 8
    Pittsburgh Pirates 88 74 .543 12
    St. Louis Cardinals 87 75 .537 13
    Philadelphia Phillies 63 99 .389 37
    Montreal Expos 52 110 .321 48

    Opening Day starters

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1969 St. Louis Cardinals
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    Batting

    Starters by position

    Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    CF Flood, CurtCurt Flood 153 606 173 .285 4 57

    Other batters

    Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    Davalillo, VicVic Davalillo 63 98 26 .265 2 10
    Browne, ByronByron Browne 22 53 12 .226 1 7
    DaVanon, JerryJerry DaVanon 16 40 12 .300 1 7

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Gibson, BobBob Gibson 35 314 20 13 2.18 269
    Briles, NelsonNelson Briles 36 227.2 15 13 3.52 126

    Other pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO

    Relief pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G W L SV ERA SO
    Campisi, SalSal Campisi 7 1 0 0 0.93 7
    Davalillo, VicVic Davalillo 1 0 0 0 0

    Farm system

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