St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals won 101 games en route to the National League pennant, with a team featuring All-Stars Orlando Cepeda (selected as the National League Most Valuable Player), Lou Brock, Tim McCarver, and 1964 World Series MVP Bob Gibson, as well as former two-time Yankee MVP Roger Maris and Curt Flood. Twenty-two-year-old Steve Carlton won 14 games in his first full major league season, beginning what was to be a lengthy and very successful career. The Cardinals overcame the absence of Bob Gibson, who missed almost one-third of the season with a broken leg on July 15 (on disabled list, July 16–Sept. 6) suffered when he was struck by a ball hit by Pittsburgh's Roberto Clemente. Gibson still managed to win 13 games, and while he was out, Nelson Briles filled his spot in the rotation brilliantly, winning nine consecutive games as the Cardinals led the N.L. comfortably for most of the season, eventually winning by 10½ games over the San Francisco Giants.
Cepeda won the MVP Award this year, batting .325, with 25 home runs and 111 RBIs. He was the first unanimous selection for the award in the history of the National League. Pitcher Bob Gibson and outfielder Curt Flood won Gold Gloves this year.
Flood, whose record streak of 568 consecutive chances in the field without an error ended June 4 when he dropped a fly ball, returned to regular play in late July. His 227-game string had begun September 3, 1965. Once back in the lineup, he batted .373 the rest of the season, finishing fourth in the league at .335.
December 8, 1966: Charley Smith was traded by the Cardinals to the New York Yankees for Roger Maris.
December 14, 1966: Walt Williams and Don Dennis were traded by the Cardinals to the Chicago White Sox for Johnny Romano and Lee White (minors).
April 1, 1967: Art Mahaffey, Jerry Buchek and Tony Martínez were traded by the Cardinals to the New York Mets for Eddie Bressoud, Danny Napoleon, and cash.
June 6, 1967: Ted Simmons was drafted by the Cardinals in the 1st round (10th pick) of the 1967 Major League Baseball Draft.By The Baseball Page