With an impressive Mizzou win at Texas A&M and an equally impressive Rams win at home versus San Diego, there was ample reason to celebrate this weekend. To keep that momentum going, don’t be hesitant to throw a little party for any of the following birthday boys this week…
John Mabry (1970)
Perhaps the most impressive part of Mabry’s career in St. Louis was the fact that he actually managed to hit for the cycle against the Rockies in 1996 despite foot speed on par with Yadier Molina. It takes a special player to be that slow and leg out a triple.
Joe McEwing (1972)
The Cardinals front office really scored big when they shipped out fan-obsession, “Super” Joe McEwing for 43-year old Jesse Orosco who pitched a total of 6 games for the Cardinals before getting injured. But hey, Orosco was on RBI Baseball for Nintendo, so he had that over McEwing.
George Hendrick (1949)
Played six full seasons for the Cardinals in the early 80′s and finished in the top 15 of the MVP voting in four of them. If that wasn’t enough to impress local fans, his production actually resulted in a trade to the Pirates in 1985 for a guy named John Tudor. Not bad.
Bruce Weber (1956)
After Bill Self and his toupee headed to Kansas in 2003, Bruce Weber slid in and took over as Illinois head coach fresh off his successful run at SIU. His second season at Illinois, where they held the #1 ranking for most of the year and lost just one regular season game has to stand as one of the most memorable in Illini history. They made a thoroughly entertaining run to the Finals and lost to North Carolina, but ending a season 37-2 ain’t bad.
Keith Hernandez (1953)
We’re still trying to decide which was Keith’s better performance throughout his career – his 1979 MVP season in St. Louis, his performance in Just For Men commercials or his appearance on one of the best Seinfeld episodes ever.
Mike Keenan (1949)
For all the controversy he brought to the table during his time in St. Louis – namely trading Brendan Shanahan for a guy named Chris Pronger, and starting a war with Brett Hull – perhaps his greatest contribution was not allowing the team to wear the proposed “third jersey”…
Stephane Quintal (1968)
For an otherwise un-notable career with the Blues, Quintal was certainly part of two big trades that qualify him for the STL Sports Birthdays list: 1.) he and Craig Janney were sent by Boston in return for Adam Oates and 2.) he and Nelson Emerson were shipped out by the Blues for Phil Housley. Not bad to be associated in Blues history with the names Oates, Janney, Emerson and Housley (who subsequently brought Al MacInnis to the Blues).