1985 St. Louis Cardinals season

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1985 St. Louis Cardinals
NL Champions
NL East Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 101–61 (.623)
Divisional place 1st
Other information
Owner(s) August "Gussie" Busch
Manager(s) Whitey Herzog
Local television KSDK
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon, Jay Randolph, Al Hrabosky)
Local radio KMOX
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon)
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The St. Louis Cardinals' 1985 season was the team's 104th season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 94th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 101-61 during the season and finished in first place in the National League East division by three games over the New York Mets. After defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games in the NLCS, they lost in seven games in the World Series to their cross-state rivals, the Kansas City Royals in the I-70 Series. The World Series is known, somewhat unfortunately, for the infamous "safe" call on the Royals' Jorge Orta by umpire Don Denkinger.

The Cardinals switched back to their traditional gray road uniforms for the first time in ten seasons.

Outfielder Willie McGee won the National League MVP Award this year, batting .353 with 10 home runs and 82 RBIs. Outfielder Vince Coleman won the National League Rookie of the Year Award this year, batting .267 with 107 runs scored and 110 stolen bases. Shortstop Ozzie Smith and McGee both won Gold Gloves this year.

During the 1985 playoffs, the Cardinals used the slogan The Heat Is On, in reference to the song that was released earlier that year.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Opening Day starters[edit]

Season standings[edit]

NL East W L Pct. GB
St. Louis Cardinals 101 61 .623 --
New York Mets 98 64 .605 3
Montreal Expos 84 77 .522 16.5
Chicago Cubs 77 84 .478 23.5
Philadelphia Phillies 75 87 .463 26
Pittsburgh Pirates 57 104 .354 43.5

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1985 St. Louis Cardinals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

= Indicates team leader

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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 Nieto 95 253 57 .225 0 34
1B Jack Clark 126 442 124 .281 22 87
2B Tom Herr 159 596 180 .302 8 110
SS Ozzie Smith 158 537 148 .276 6 54
3B Terry Pendleton 149 559 134 .240 5 69
LF Vince Coleman 151 636 170 .267 1 40
CF Willie McGee 152 612 216 .353 10 82
RF Andy Van Slyke 146 424 110 .259 13 55

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Darrell Porter 84 240 53 .221 10 36
Tito Landrum 85 161 45 .280 4 21
Mike Jorgensen 72 112 22 .196 0 11
Lonnie Smith 28 96 25 .260 0 7
César Cedeño 28 76 33 .434 6 19
Steve Braun 64 67 16 .239 1 6
Iván DeJesús 59 72 16 .222 0 7
Tom Lawless 47 58 12 .207 0 8
Brian Harper 43 52 13 .250 0 8
Mike LaValliere 12 34 5 .147 0 6
Randy Hunt 14 19 3 .158 0 1
Curt Ford 11 12 6 .500 0 3
Art Howe 4 3 0 .000 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
John Tudor 36 275 21 8 1.93 169
Joaquín Andújar 38 269.2 21 12 3.40 112
Danny Cox 35 241 18 9 2.88 131
Kurt Kepshire 32 153.1 10 9 4.75 67
Bob Forsch 34 136 9 6 3.90 48

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Todd Worrell 17 21.2 3 0 5 2.91 17
Joe Boever 13 16.1 0 0 0 4.41 20
Pat Perry 6 12.1 1 0 0 0.00 6
Matt Keough 4 10 0 1 0 4.50 10
Andy Hassler 10 10 0 1 0 1.80 5
Doug Bair 2 2 0 0 0 0.00 0

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Jeff Lahti 52 68.1 5 2 19 1.84 41
Ricky Horton 49 89.2 3 2 1 2.91 59
Ken Dayley 57 65.1 4 4 11 2.76 62
Bill Campbell 50 64.1 5 3 4 3.50 41
Neil Allen 23 29 1 4 2 5.59 10

NLCS[edit]

The NLCS against the Dodgers featured two game-winning home runs by shortstop Ozzie Smith in Game 5 and first baseman Jack Clark in Game 6, both off Dodgers reliever Tom Niedenfuer. In a rare display of power-hitting, Smith hit his in the extra innings, prompting the famous call of "Go crazy, folks! Go crazy!" by Jack Buck. This play is considered one of the key highlights in all of Cardinals' history.

Game 1[edit]

Wednesday, October 9 at Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 8 1
Los Angeles 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 X 4 8 0
W: Fernando Valenzuela (1-0)  L: John Tudor (0-1)   SV: Tom Niedenfuer (1)
HRs: LAD – None   STL – None

Game 2[edit]

Thursday, October 10 at Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 8 1
Los Angeles 0 0 3 2 1 2 0 0 X 8 13 1
W: Orel Hershiser (1-0)  L: Joaquín Andújar (0-1)   SV: None
HRs: LADGreg Brock (1)   STL – None

Game 3[edit]

Saturday, October 12 at Busch Stadium (St. Louis)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 7 2
St. Louis 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 4 8 0
W: Danny Cox (1-0)  L: Bob Welch (0-1)   SV: Ken Dayley (1)
HRs: LAD – None   STLTom Herr (1)

Game 4[edit]

Sunday, October 13 at Busch Stadium (St. Louis)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 5 1
St. Louis 0 9 0 1 1 0 0 1 X 12 15 0
W: John Tudor (1-0)  L: Jerry Reuss (0-1)   SV: None
HRs: LADBill Madlock (1)   STL – None

Game 5[edit]

Monday, October 14 at Busch Stadium (St. Louis)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 1
St. Louis 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 5 1
W: Jeff Lahti (1-0)  L: Tom Niedenfuer (0-1)   SV: None
HRs: LADBill Madlock (2)   STLOzzie Smith (1)

Game 6[edit]

Wednesday, October 16 at Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 3 7 12 1
Los Angeles 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 5 8 0
W: Todd Worrell (1-0)  L: Tom Niedenfuer (0-2)   SV: Ken Dayley (2)
HRs: LADBill Madlock (3)   Mike Marshall (1)   STLJack Clark (1)

World series[edit]

Main article: 1985 World Series

The 1985 World Series was christened the "I-70 Series" and the "Show-Me Series" because it featured the in-state rival Kansas City Royals, the first time the two teams met in a non-exhibition setting. It also featured some of the most controversial series of events in Cardinals history. Coleman was unable to play in this Series due to an injury sustained in the NLCS after being rolled up in the mechanical tarpaulin at Busch Stadium. Scribes remarked about the "killer tarp", but it proved metaphorical.

After St. Louis gained a 3–2 series advantage, Game 6 tipped off the controversy with "The Call". With the Cardinals leading 1-0 in the bottom of the ninth inning, umpire Don Denkinger called Royals batter Jorge Orta safe at first base — a call refuted by broadcast television's instant replay. Several batters later, they lost Game 6 by the score of 2–1. After "The Call," St. Louis proceeded to lose Game 7 by a score of 11-0, and thus, the Series, due to an error and passed ball. Despite both of their pitching aces participating in this game, they failed to come through — starter John Tudor, who had won his two prior starts in the Series, punched a mechanical fan when removed from the game. His severely cut pitching hand required stitching at a Kansas City hospital while the game was ongoing. Joaquín Andújar, the other ace pressed into relief, was ejected by home plate umpire Denkinger for arguing balls and strikes.

AL Kansas City Royals (4) vs. NL St Louis Cardinals (3)

Game Score Date Location Attendance Time of Game
1 Cardinals – 3, Royals – 1 October 19 Royals Stadium (Kansas City) 41,650 2:48
2 Cardinals – 4, Royals – 2 October 20 Royals Stadium (Kansas City) 41,656 2:44
3 Royals – 6, Cardinals – 1 October 22 Busch Stadium (St. Louis) 53,634 3:00
4 Royals – 0, Cardinals – 3 October 23 Busch Stadium (St. Louis) 53,634 2:19
5 Royals – 6, Cardinals – 1 October 24 Busch Stadium (St. Louis) 53,634 2:52
6 Cardinals – 1, Royals – 2 October 26 Royals Stadium (Kansas City) 41,628 2:48
7 Cardinals – 0, Royals – 11 October 27 Royals Stadium (Kansas City) 41,658 2:46

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Vince Coleman, National League Rookie of the Year Award
  • Vince Coleman, Major League Baseball Stolen Base Leader (110)
  • Whitey Herzog, Associated Press Manager of the Year
  • Ozzie Smith, Shortstop, Golden Glove Award
  • Willie McGee, Outfield, Golden Glove Award

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Louisville Redbirds American Association Jim Fregosi
AA Arkansas Travelers Texas League Jim Riggleman
A St. Petersburg Cardinals Florida State League Dave Bialas
A Springfield Cardinals Midwest League Lloyd Merritt
A Savannah Cardinals South Atlantic League Gaylen Pitts
Short-Season A Erie Cardinals New York-Penn League Fred Koenig
Rookie Johnson City Cardinals Appalachian League Rich Hacker

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Louisville

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dave Von Ohlen page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Brian Harper page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Alex Cole page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Mike LaValliere page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ a b Gary Rajsich page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Matt Keough page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Steve Peters page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Cesar Cedeno page at Baseball Reference
  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, N.C.: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Chicago Cubs
1984
NL East Championship Season
1985
Succeeded by
New York Mets
1986
Preceded by
San Diego Padres
1984
National League Championship Season
1985
Succeeded by
New York Mets
1986