1996 St. Louis Cardinals Season
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1996 St. Louis Cardinals Season

1996 St. Louis Cardinals
NL Central Champions
St Louis Cardinals Cap Insignia.svg
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record88-74 (.543)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)William DeWitt, Jr.
General manager(s)Walt Jocketty
Manager(s)Tony La Russa
Local televisionKPLR
Prime Sports Midwest
(Al Hrabosky, Bob Carpenter, Joe Buck)
Local radioKMOX
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon, Joe Buck)
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The St. Louis Cardinals 1996 season was the team's 115th season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 105th season in the National League. During the first year of the William DeWitt, Jr. era, the Cardinals went 88-74 during the season and won their first-ever National League Central division title by six games over the Houston Astros. They beat the San Diego Padres in the NLDS, but fell in 7 games to the Atlanta Braves in the NLCS. DeWitt, along with Drew Bauer and Fred Hanser had bought the Cardinals from Anheuser-Busch during the 1995-96 offseason.

Offseason

  • December 23, 1995: Ron Gant was signed as a Free Agent with the St. Louis Cardinals
  • December 23, 1995: Andy Benes was signed as a Free Agent with the St. Louis Cardinals
  • December 15, 1995: Willie McGee was signed as a Free Agent with the St. Louis Cardinals.[1]
  • January 9, 1996: Todd Stottlemyre was traded by the Oakland Athletics to the St. Louis Cardinals for Allen Battle, Carl Dale, Jay Witasick, and Bret Wagner (minors).
  • January 11, 1996: Mike Gallego signed as a Free Agent with the St. Louis Cardinals.[2]
  • February 13, 1996: Dennis Eckersley was traded by the Oakland Athletics to the St. Louis Cardinals for Steve Montgomery.
  • December 18, 1995: Gary Gaetti signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Ozzie Smith's final season

Legendary veteran shortstop Ozzie Smith, announced during the season that it would be his last season in the Major Leagues, while veteran outfielder Willie McGee, was brought back to the Cards as a free agent. Though the tension between Smith and exciting youngster Royce Clayton, acquired in a trade, grew thick and troublesome at times as they shared time at shortstop, both players had good seasons. McGee came off the bench and started when needed.

Regular season

Season standings

NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Cardinals 88 74 0.543 -- 48-33 40-41
Houston Astros 82 80 0.506 6 48-33 34-47
Cincinnati Reds 81 81 0.500 7 46-35 35-46
Chicago Cubs 76 86 0.469 12 43-38 33-48
Pittsburgh Pirates 73 89 0.451 15 36-44 37-45

Record vs. opponents

1996 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team ATL CHC CIN COL FLA HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta -- 7-5 7-5 5-7 6-7 6-6 5-7 10-3 7-6 9-4 9-3 9-4 7-5 9-4
Chicago 5-7 -- 5-8 5-7 6-6 5-8 8-5 6-6 7-5 7-6 4-9 6-6 7-5 5-8
Cincinnati 5-7 8-5 -- 7-6 3-9 7-6 4-8 3-9 6-6 10-2 5-8 9-3 9-4 5-8
Colorado 7-5 7-5 6-7 -- 5-8 8-5 6-7 3-9 7-5 6-6 7-5 8-5 5-8 8-4
Florida 7-6 6-6 9-3 8-5 -- 7-5 6-7 5-8 7-6 6-7 5-7 3-9 5-7 6-6
Houston 6-6 8-5 6-7 5-8 5-7 -- 6-6 4-9 8-4 10-2 8-5 6-6 8-4 2-11
Los Angeles 7-5 5-8 8-4 7-6 7-6 6-6 -- 9-3 8-4 7-6 6-6 5-8 7-6 8-4
Montreal 3-10 6-6 9-3 9-3 8-5 9-4 3-9 -- 7-6 6-7 7-5 4-8 9-4 8-4
New York 6-7 5-7 6-6 5-7 6-7 4-8 4-8 6-7 -- 7-6 8-5 3-10 6-6 5-7
Philadelphia 4-9 6-7 2-10 6-6 7-6 2-10 6-7 7-6 6-7 -- 7-5 4-8 6-6 4-8
Pittsburgh 3-9 9-4 8-5 5-7 7-5 5-8 6-6 5-7 5-8 5-7 -- 4-9 8-4 3-10
San Diego 4-9 6-6 3-9 5-8 9-3 6-6 8-5 8-4 10-3 8-4 9-4 -- 11-2 4-8
San Francisco 5-7 5-7 4-9 8-5 7-5 4-8 6-7 4-9 6-6 6-6 4-8 2-11 -- 7-6
St. Louis 4-9 8-5 8-5 4-8 6-6 11-2 4-8 4-8 7-5 8-4 10-3 8-4 6-7 --

Game log

Detailed records

Opening Day starters

Roster

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
C Tom Pagnozzi 119 407 110 .270 13 55
1B John Mabry 151 543 161 .297 13 74
2B Luis Alicea 129 380 98 .258 5 42
SS Royce Clayton 129 491 136 .277 6 35
3B Gary Gaetti 141 522 143 .274 23 80
LF Ron Gant 122 419 103 .246 30 82
CF Ray Lankford 149 545 150 .275 21 86
RF Brian Jordan 140 513 159 .310 17 104

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
Willie McGee 123 309 95 .307 5 41
Ozzie Smith 82 227 64 .282 2 18
Danny Sheaffer 79 198 45 .227 2 20
Mark Sweeney 98 170 45 .265 3 22
Mike Gallego 51 143 30 .210 0 4
David Bell 62 145 31 .214 1 9
Pat Borders 26 69 22 .319 0 4
Dmitri Young 16 29 7 .241 0 2
Miguel Mejia 45 23 2 .087 0 0
Terry Bradshaw 15 21 7 .333 0 3
Mike DiFelice 4 7 2 .286 0 2
Aaron Holbert 1 3 0 .000 0 0

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
Andy Benes 36 230.1 18 10 3.83 160
Todd Stottlemyre 34 223.1 14 11 3.87 194
Donovan Osborne 30 198.2 13 9 3.53 134
Alan Benes 34 191 13 10 4.90 131
Mike Morgan 18 103 4 8 5.24 55
Mike Busby 1 4 0 1 18.00 4
Brian Barber 1 3 0 0 15.00 1

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
Mark Petkovsek 48 88.2 11 2 3.55 45
Danny Jackson 13 36.1 1 1 4.46 27
Tom Urbani 3 11.2 1 0 7.71 1
Eric Ludwick 6 10 0 1 9.00 12

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
T.J. Mathews 67 2 6 6 3.01 80
Tony Fossas 65 0 4 2 2.68 36
Dennis Eckersley 63 0 6 30 3.30 49
Rick Honeycutt 61 2 1 4 2.85 30
Cory Bailey 51 5 2 0 3.00 38
Jeff Parrett 33 2 2 0 4.25 42
Rich Batchelor 11 2 0 0 1.20 11

NLDS

St. Louis wins the series, 3-0

Game Home Score Visitor Score Date Series
1 St. Louis 3 San Diego 1 October 1 1-0 (STL)
2 St. Louis 5 San Diego 4 October 3 2-0 (STL)
3 San Diego 5 St. Louis 7 October 5 3-0 (STL)

NLCS

Game 1

October 9: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 5 1
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 X 4 9 0
WP: John Smoltz (1-0)   LP: Mark Petkovsek (0-1)   Sv: Mark Wohlers (1)
Home runs:
STL: None
ATL: None

Game 2

October 10: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 1 0 2 0 0 0 5 0 0 8 11 2
Atlanta 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 5 2
WP: Todd Stottlemyre (1-0)   LP: Greg Maddux (0-1)
Home runs:
STL: Gary Gaetti (1)
ATL: Marquis Grissom (1)

Game 3

October 12: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 8 1
St. Louis 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 X 3 7 0
WP: Donovan Osborne (1-0)   LP: Tom Glavine (0-1)   Sv: Dennis Eckersley (1)
Home runs:
ATL: None
STL: Ron Gant 2 (2)

Game 4

October 13: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 9 1
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 X 4 5 0
WP: Dennis Eckersley (1-0)   LP: Greg McMichael (0-1)
Home runs:
ATL: Mark Lemke (1), Ryan Klesko (1)
STL: Brian Jordan (1)

Game 5

October 14: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 5 2 0 3 1 0 0 1 2 14 22 0
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
WP: John Smoltz (2-0)   LP: Todd Stottlemyre (1-1)
Home runs:
ATL: Fred McGriff (1), Javy López (1),
STL: None

Game 6

October 16: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 6 1
Atlanta 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 X 3 7 0
WP: Greg Maddux (1-1)   LP: Alan Benes (0-1)   Sv: Mark Wohlers (2)
Home runs:
STL: None
ATL: None

Game 7

October 17: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
Atlanta 6 0 0 4 0 3 2 0 X 15 17 0
WP: Tom Glavine (1-1)   LP: Donovan Osborne (1-1)
Home runs:
STL: None
ATL: Javy López (2), Andruw Jones (1), Fred McGriff (2)

Awards and honors

  • Tony La Russa, Associated Press Manager of the Year
  • Ozzie Smith, All Star Game

Farm system

[3]

References

  1. ^ Willie McGee Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  2. ^ Mike Gallego Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  3. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

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