1987 St. Louis Cardinals season

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1987 St. Louis Cardinals
National League Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 95–67 (.586)
Divisional place 1st
Other information
Owner(s) August "Gussie" Busch
Manager(s) Whitey Herzog
Local television KSDK
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon, Jay Randolph)
Cardinal Cable Network
(Al Hrabosky, Ken Wilson)
Local radio KMOX
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon)
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The 1987 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 106th season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 96th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 95-67 during the season and finished first in the National League East Division for the third and last time before moving to the NL Central in 1994. They went on to win the NLCS in seven games over the San Francisco Giants. In the World Series against the Minnesota Twins, after having fallen behind 2-0 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, they won their next three games at home. However, back at the Metrodome, they lost the last two and fell one game short of a World Series title. It would be the Cardinals' last World Series appearance until 2004.

Offseason[edit]

  • October 31, 1986: Alan Knicely was released by the Cardinals.[1]
  • December 19, 1986: Bob Forsch was signed as a free agent by the Cardinals.[2]
  • January 26, 1987: Skeeter Barnes was signed as a free agent by the Cardinals.[3]

Regular season[edit]

September highlights included a Terry Pendleton home run on a September 11 game against the contending Mets as well as a Tom Herr walk-off grand slam against the Mets on Seat Cushion Night. As St. Louis proceeded into the post-season, they found themselves without clean-up hitter Jack Clark, the team's number-one offensive threat. He damaged his ankle when he caught a cleat in the artificial turf at Montreal's Olympic Stadium.[4] Nonetheless, the Redbirds won 95 games to capture the NL East title.

Season standings[edit]

NL East W L Pct. GB
St. Louis Cardinals 95 67 .586 --
New York Mets 92 70 .568 3
Montreal Expos 91 71 .562 4
Philadelphia Phillies 80 82 .494 15
Pittsburgh Pirates 80 82 .494 15
Chicago Cubs 76 85 .472 18.5

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1987 St. Louis Cardinals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

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 Peña, TonyTony Peña 116 384 82 .214 5 44
1B Clark, JackJack Clark 131 419 120 .286 35 106
2B Herr, TomTom Herr 141 510 134 .263 2 83
3B Pendleton, TerryTerry Pendleton 159 583 167 .286 12 96
SS Smith, OzzieOzzie Smith 158 600 182 .303 0 75
LF Coleman, VinceVince Coleman 151 623 180 .289 3 43
CF McGee, WillieWillie McGee 153 620 177 .285 11 105
RF Ford, CurtCurt Ford 89 228 65 .285 3 26

Other batters[edit]

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
Lindeman, JimJim Lindeman 75 207 43 .208 8 28
Barnes, SkeeterSkeeter Barnes 4 4 1 .250 1 3

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Forsch, BobBob Forsch 33 179 11 7 4.32 89

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Tunnell, LeeLee Tunnell 32 74.1 4 4 4.84 49

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Peters, SteveSteve Peters 12 0 0 1 1.80 11

Postseason[edit]

NLCS[edit]

Despite the Cardinals prevailing over the San Francisco Giants in 7 games, it was the Giants' Jeffrey Leonard who won the NLCS MVP award.

Game 1[edit]

October 6, Busch Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 7 0
St. Louis 0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 X 5 10 1
W: Greg Mathews (1-0)  L: Rick Reuschel (0-1)   SV: Ken Dayley (1)
HRs: SFGJeffrey Leonard (1)   STL – None

Game 2[edit]

October 7, Busch Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 5 10 0
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
W: Dave Dravecky (1-0)  L: John Tudor (0-1)   SV: None
HRs: SFGWill Clark (1)   Jeffrey Leonard (2)   STL – None

Game 3[edit]

October 9, Candlestick Park

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 6 11 1
San Francisco 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 7 1
W: Bob Forsch (1-0)  L: Don Robinson (0-1)   SV: Todd Worrell (1)
HRs: SFGJeffrey Leonard (3)   Harry Spilman (1)   STLJim Lindeman (1)

Game 4[edit]

October 10, Candlestick Park

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 0
San Francisco 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 X 4 9 2
W: Mike Krukow (1-0)  L: Danny Cox (0-1)   SV: None
HRs: SFGRobby Thompson (1)   Jeffrey Leonard (4)   STL – None

Game 5[edit]

October 11, Candlestick Park

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 0
San Francisco 1 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 X 6 7 1
W: Joe Price (1-0)  L: Bob Forsch (1-1)   SV: None
HRs: SFGKevin Mitchell (1)   STL – None

Game 6[edit]

October 13, Busch Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
St. Louis 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 1 5 0
W: John Tudor (1-1)  L: Dave Dravecky (1-1)   SV: Ken Dayley (2)
HRs: SFG – None   STL – None

Game 7[edit]

October 14, Busch Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1
St. Louis 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 X 6 12 0
W: Danny Cox (1-1)  L: Atlee Hammaker (0-1)   SV: None
HRs: SFG – None   STLJosé Oquendo (1)

World Series[edit]

Main article: 1987 World Series

The Minnesota Twins defeated the Cardinals in seven games. This Series was the first in which the home team won each of the seven games. The Cardinals held their own at Busch Stadium, but the electronically enhanced crowd noise and the "Homer Hankies" in the Metrodome appeared to the give the Twins an edge. The booming bats of the Twins were too much for the Cardinals' "inside baseball" style of offense in Games 1, 2, and 6. In Game 7 it was the Twins' pitching that shut down the Cardinals.

AL Minnesota Twins (4) vs. NL St. Louis Cardinals (3)

Game Score Date Location Attendance Time of Game
1 Cardinals – 1, Twins – 10 October 17 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (Minnesota) 55,171 3:36
2 Cardinals – 4, Twins – 8 October 18 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (Minnesota) 55,257 2:42
3 Twins – 1, Cardinals – 3 October 20 Busch Stadium (St. Louis) 55,347 2:45
4 Twins – 2, Cardinals – 7 October 21 Busch Stadium (St. Louis) 55,347 3:11
5 Twins – 2, Cardinals – 4 October 22 Busch Stadium (St. Louis) 55,347 3:21
6 Cardinals – 5, Twins – 11 October 24 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (Minnesota) 55,293 3:22
7 Cardinals – 2, Twins – 4 October 25 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (Minnesota) 55,376 3:04

Awards and honors[edit]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Louisville Redbirds American Association Mike Jorgensen
AA Arkansas Travelers Texas League Jim Riggleman
A St. Petersburg Cardinals Florida State League Dave Bialas
A Springfield Cardinals Midwest League Gaylen Pitts
A Savannah Cardinals South Atlantic League Mark DeJohn
Short-Season A Erie Cardinals New York-Penn League Joe Rigoli
Rookie Johnson City Cardinals Appalachian League Dan Radison

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References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
New York Mets
1986
NL East Championship Season
1987
Succeeded by
New York Mets
1988
Preceded by
New York Mets
1986
National League Championship Season
1987
Succeeded by
Los Angeles Dodgers
1988