Monday, July 13, 2015

July 13, 1940: The Big Cat Hits For The Cycle

     On July 13, 1940, the Cardinals pulled off a pair of ninth inning walk off victories over the New York Giants in front of the fans at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. While both were exciting victories, the first of the two was something special, as the Cardinals first baseman Johnny Mize hit for the cycle in the contest. Mize capped off his history making performance with a ninth inning triple, then scored on an error to give the Redbirds a 7-6 victory. In the second game the Cardinals were up 3-0 after six, but watched it disappear, as the Giants scored one in the seventh, then another two in the eighth. That only set the table for the Cardinals center fielder Terry Moore to put the team in the win column for the second time of the day with bases loaded single in the ninth that brought Mickey Owen into score the game winning run. Owen went 3 for 4 in the tilt, and scored two of the Cardinals runs.

Check out the box scores for both contests here:

Game 1:

Game 2:

Here is the complete list of men who have hit for the cycle as a member of the National League club that calls St. Louis home. *Note: the club joined the National League in 1892, and before that they were members of the American Association.

  • Fred Dunlap, 5/24/1886
  • Tip O'Neill, 4/30/1887
  • Tip O'Neil,l 5/7/1887
  • Tommy Dowd, 8/16/1895
  • Cliff Heathcote, 6/13/1918
  • Jim Bottomley, 7/15/1927 
  • Chick Hafey, 8/21/1930
  • Pepper Martin, 5/5/1933
  • Ducky Medwick, 6/29/35
  • Johnny Mize, 7/13/1940
  • Stan Musial, 7/24/1949
  • Bill White, 8/14/1960
  • Ken Boyer, 9/14/1961
  • Ken Boyer, 6/16/1964
  • Joe Torre, 6/27/1973
  • Lou Brock, 5/27/1975
  • Willie McGee, 6/23/1984
  • Ray Lankford, 9/15/1991
  • John Mabry, 5/18/1996
  • Mark Grudzielanek, 4/27/2005

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