List of St. Louis Cardinals seasons

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The St. Louis Cardinals, a professional baseball franchise based in St. Louis, Missouri, compete in the National League (NL) of Major League Baseball (MLB). Founded in 1882 as a charter member of the American Association (AA), the team was originally named the Brown Stockings before it was shortened to Browns the next season. The team moved to the National League in 1892 when the AA folded. The club changed its name to the Perfectos for one season in 1899 and adopted the Cardinals name in 1900. The St. Louis Cardinals are tied with the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates as the third-oldest continuously-operated baseball team.[a] In that time, the team has won 19 National League pennants and 11 World Series championships (most in the National League and second only to the New York Yankees, who have won 27). They also won four American Association pennants and one pre-World Series championship that Major League Baseball does not consider official.

The Cardinals have enjoyed six periods of continued success during their history. The first period occurred during the 1880s when the team won four consecutive American Association pennants from 18851888 while known as the Browns. The Cardinals next enjoyed success from 19261934 when they played in five World Series, winning three. During World War II the Cardinals won four NL pennants in five years from 19421946, including three World Series championships. During the 1960s the Cardinals won two World Series and played in another. In the 1980s the Cardinals played in three World Series, winning in 1982. Most recently, the Cardinals have made the playoffs nine times, winning seven NL Central titles and qualifying as a wild-card entrant in 2001, 2011 and 2012, winning the World Series in 2006 and 2011.

The only extended period of failure the Cardinals have experienced began when they joined the National League in 1892. The Cardinals played only five winning seasons in thirty years while finishing last seven times from their entrance to the NL until 1921. However, the Cardinals have remarkably avoided such failure since then as they have not finished in last place in the National League since 1918, by far the longest streak in the NL.[b] The Cardinals failed to reach the World Series in the 1950s, 1970s, and 1990s, but were regularly a competitive team in each of these decades.

Year by year[edit]

AA Champions
(1882–1892)
Pre-World Series Champions
(1884–1891)
World Series Champions
(1903–present)
NL Champions
(1892–present)[c]
Division Champions
(1969–present)
Wild Card Berth
(1994–present)
Season Team League Division Regular Season Post-Season Awards
Finish[d] Wins[d] Losses[d] Win% GB[e]
St. Louis Brown Stockings
1882 1882 AA 5th 37 43 .463 18
St. Louis Browns
1883 1883 AA 2nd 65 33 .663 1
1884 1884 AA 4th 67 40 .626 8
1885 1885 AA 1st 79 33 .705 Tied World Series (White Stockings) 3–3–1[f]
1886 1886 AA 1st 93 46 .669 Won World Series (White Stockings) 4–2
1887 1887 AA 1st 95 40 .704 Lost World Series (Wolverines) 10–5 Tip O'Neill
(TC)[1]
1888 1888 AA 1st 92 43 .681 Lost World Series (Giants) 6–4
1889 1889 AA 2nd 90 45 .667 2
1890 1890 AA 3rd 78 58 .574 12
1891 1891 AA 2nd 85 51 .625 8.5
1892 1892 NL 11th 56 94 .373 46
1893 1893[g] NL 10th 57 75 .432 30.5
1894 1894 NL 9th 56 76 .424 34
1895 1895 NL 11th 39 92 .298 48.5
1896 1896 NL 11th 40 90 .308 50.5
1897 1897 NL 12th 29 102 .221 63.5
1898 1898 NL 12th 39 111 .260 63.5
St. Louis Perfectos
1899 1899 NL 5th 84 67 .556 18.5
St. Louis Cardinals
1900 1900 NL 5th 65 75 .464 19
1901 1901 NL 4th 76 64 .543 14.5
1902 1902 NL 6th 56 78 .418 44.5
1903 1903 NL 8th 43 94 .314 46.5
1904 1904 NL 5th 75 79 .487 31.5
1905 1905 NL 6th 58 96 .377 47
1906 1906 NL 7th 52 98 .347 63
1907 1907 NL 8th 52 101 .340 55.5
1908 1908 NL 8th 49 105 .318 50
1909 1909 NL 7th 54 98 .355 56
1910 1910 NL 7th 63 90 .412 40.5
1911 1911 NL 5th 75 74 .503 22
1912 1912 NL 6th 63 90 .412 41
1913 1913 NL 8th 51 99 .340 49
1914 1914 NL 3rd 81 72 .529 13
1915 1915 NL 6th 72 81 .471 18.5
1916 1916 NL 7th 60 93 .392 33.5
1917 1917 NL 3rd 82 70 .539 15
1918 1918 NL 8th 51 78 .395 33
1919 1919 NL 7th 54 83 .394 40.5
1920 1920[h] NL 5th 75 79 .487 18
1921 1921 NL 3rd 87 66 .569 7
1922 1922 NL 3rd 85 69 .552 8 Rogers Hornsby
(TC)[2]
1923 1923 NL 5th 79 74 .516 16
1924 1924 NL 6th 65 89 .422 28.5
1925 1925 NL 4th 77 76 .503 18 Rogers Hornsby (MVP, TC)[2]
1926 1926 NL 1st 89 65 .578 Won World Series (Yankees) 4–3 Bob O'Farrell (MVP)
1927 1927 NL 2nd 92 61 .601 1.5
1928 1928 NL 1st 95 59 .617 Lost World Series (Yankees) 4–0 Jim Bottomley (MVP)
1929 1929 NL 4th 78 74 .513 20
1930 1930 NL 1st 92 62 .597 Lost World Series (Athletics) 4–2
1931 1931 NL 1st 101 53 .656 Won World Series (Athletics) 4–3 Frankie Frisch (MVP)[3]
1932 1932 NL 6th 72 82 .468 18
1933 1933 NL 5th 82 71 .536 9.5
1934 1934 NL 1st 95 58 .621 Won World Series (Tigers) 4–3 Dizzy Dean (MVP)[3]
1935 1935 NL 2nd 96 58 .623 4
1936 1936 NL 2nd 87 67 .565 5
1937 1937 NL 4th 81 73 .526 15 Joe Medwick (MVP, TC)[2][3]
1938 1938 NL 6th 71 80 .470 17.5
1939 1939 NL 2nd 92 61 .601 4.5
1940 1940 NL 3rd 84 69 .549 16
1941 1941 NL 2nd 97 56 .634 2.5
1942 1942 NL 1st 106 48 .688 Won World Series (Yankees) 4–1 Mort Cooper (MVP)[3]
1943 1943 NL 1st 105 49 .682 Lost World Series (Yankees) 4–1 Stan Musial (MVP)[3]
1944 1944 NL 1st 105 49 .682 Won World Series (Browns) 4–2[i] Marty Marion (MVP)[3]
1945 1945 NL 2nd 95 59 .617 3
1946 1946 NL 1st[j] 98 58 .628 Won World Series (Red Sox) 4–3[k] Stan Musial (MVP)[3]
1947 1947 NL 2nd 89 65 .578 5
1948 1948 NL 2nd 85 69 .552 6.5 Stan Musial (MVP)[3]
1949 1949 NL 2nd 96 58 .623 1
1950 1950 NL 5th 78 75 .510 12.5
1951 1951 NL 3rd 81 73 .526 15.5
1952 1952 NL 3rd 88 66 .571 8.5
1953 1953[l] NL 4th 83 71 .539 22
1954 1954 NL 6th 72 82 .468 25 Wally Moon (ROY)[4]
1955 1955 NL 7th 68 86 .442 30.5 Bill Virdon (ROY)[4]
1956 1956 NL 4th 76 78 .494 17
1957 1957 NL 2nd 87 67 .565 8
1958 1958 NL 5th 72 82 .468 20
1959 1959 NL 7th 71 83 .461 16
1960 1960 NL 3rd 86 68 .558 9
1961 1961 NL 5th 80 74 .519 13
1962[m] 1962 NL 6th 84 78 .519 17.5
1963 1963 NL 2nd 93 69 .574 6
1964 1964 NL 1st 93 69 .574 Won World Series (Yankees) 4–3 Ken Boyer (MVP)[3]
Bob Gibson (WS MVP)
1965 1965 NL 7th 80 81 .497 16.5
1966 1966[n] NL 6th 83 79 .512 12
1967 1967 NL 1st 101 60 .627 Won World Series (Red Sox) 4–3 Orlando Cepeda (MVP)[3]
Bob Gibson (WS MVP)
1968 1968 NL 1st 97 65 .599 Lost World Series (Tigers) 4–3 Bob Gibson (MVP, CYA)[3][5]
1969 1969 NL East[o] 4th 87 75 .537 13
1970 1970 NL East 4th 76 86 .469 13 Bob Gibson (CYA)[5]
1971 1971 NL East 2nd 90 72 .556 7 Joe Torre (MVP)[3]
1972[p] 1972 NL East 4th 75 81 .481 21.5
1973 1973 NL East 2nd 81 81 .500 1.5
1974 1974 NL East 2nd 86 75 .534 1.5 Bake McBride (ROY)[4]
1975 1975 NL East 4th 82 80 .506 10.5
1976 1976 NL East 5th 72 90 .444 29
1977 1977 NL East 3rd 83 79 .512 18
1978 1978 NL East 5th 69 93 .426 21
1979 1979 NL East 3rd 86 76 .531 12 Keith Hernandez (MVP)[3]
1980 1980 NL East 4th 74 88 .457 17
1981[q] 1981 NL East 2nd 30 20 .600 1.5
2nd 29 23 .558 .5
1982 1982 NL East 1st 92 70 .568 Won NLCS (Braves) 3–0

Won World Series (Brewers) 4–3

Darrell Porter (WS MVP)
1983 1983 NL East 4th 79 83 .488 11
1984 1984 NL East 3rd 84 78 .519 12.5
1985 1985 NL East 1st 101 61 .623 Won NLCS (Dodgers) 4–2
Lost World Series (Royals) 4–3[r]
Willie McGee (MVP)[3]
Vince Coleman (ROY)[4]
Whitey Herzog (MOY)[6]
1986 1986 NL East 3rd 79 82 .491 28.5 Todd Worrell (ROY)[4]
1987 1987 NL East 1st 95 67 .586 Won NLCS (Giants) 4–3
Lost World Series (Twins) 4–3
1988 1988 NL East 5th 76 86 .469 25
1989 1989 NL East 3rd 86 76 .531 7
1990 1990 NL East 6th 70 92 .432 25
1991 1991 NL East 2nd 84 78 .519 14
1992 1992 NL East 3rd 83 79 .512 13
1993 1993 NL East 3rd 87 75 .537 10
1994[s] 1994 NL Central[t] 3rd 53 61 .465 13
1995 1995 NL Central 4th 62 81 .434 22.5
1996 1996 NL Central 1st 88 74 .543 Won NLDS (Padres) 3–0
Lost NLCS (Braves) 4–3
1997 1997 NL Central 4th 73 89 .451 11
1998 1998 NL Central 3rd 83 79 .512 19
1999 1999 NL Central 4th 75 86 .466 21.5
2000 2000 NL Central 1st 95 67 .586 Won NLDS (Braves) 3–0
Lost NLCS (Mets) 4–1
2001 2001 NL Central 1st[u] 93 69 .574 Lost NLDS (Diamondbacks) 3–2 Albert Pujols (ROY)[4]
2002 2002 NL Central 1st 97 65 .599 Won NLDS (Diamondbacks) 3–0
Lost NLCS (Giants) 4–1
Tony La Russa (MOY)[6]
2003 2003 NL Central 3rd 85 77 .525 3
2004 2004 NL Central 1st 105 57 .648 Won NLDS (Dodgers) 3–1
Won NLCS (Astros) 4–3
Lost World Series (Red Sox) 4–0
2005 2005 NL Central 1st 100 62 .617 Won NLDS (Padres) 3–0
Lost NLCS (Astros) 4–2
Albert Pujols (MVP)[3]
Chris Carpenter (CYA)[5]
2006 2006[v] NL Central 1st 83 78 .516 Won NLDS (Padres) 3–1
Won NLCS (Mets) 4–3
Won World Series (Tigers) 4–1
David Eckstein (WS MVP)
2007 2007 NL Central 3rd 78 84 .481 7
2008 2008 NL Central 4th 86 76 .531 11.5 Albert Pujols (MVP)[3]
2009 2009 NL Central 1st 91 71 .562 Lost NLDS (Dodgers) 3–0 Albert Pujols (MVP)[3]
2010 2010 NL Central 2nd 86 76 .531 6
2011 2011 NL Central 2nd 90 72 .556 6 Won NLDS (Phillies) 3–2
Won NLCS (Brewers) 4–2
Won World Series (Rangers) 4–3
David Freese (WS MVP)
2012 2012 NL Central 2nd 88 74 .543 9 Won Wild Card Game (Braves)
Won NLDS (Nationals) 3–2
Lost NLCS (Giants) 4–3
2013 2013 NL Central 1st 97 65 .599 Won NLDS (Pirates) 3–2
Won NLCS (Dodgers) 4–2
Lost World Series (Red Sox) 4–2
2014 2014 NL Central 1st 90 72 .556 Won NLDS (Dodgers) 3–1
Lost NLCS (Giants) 4–1
Totals Wins Losses Win %
781 432 .644 American Association regular season record (1882-1891)
16 21 .432 American Association post-season record (1882-1891)
9,690 9,269 .511 National League regular season record (1892-present)[z]
129 114 .531 MLB post-season record (1892-present)
10,471 9,701 .519 All-time regular season record (1882-present)
145 135 .518 All-time post-season record (1882-present)
10,616 9,836 .519 All-time regular and post-season record (1882-present)

Footnotes[edit]

  • a The current variations of the Cardinals, Reds, and Pirates all began playing in 1882. The two older clubs are the Atlanta Braves who were founded in 1871 in Boston and the Chicago Cubs who have played continuously since 1874.
  • b The Cardinals did finish in last place of the NL East in 1990, however the Atlanta Braves of the NL West had a worse record. The next longest streak is by the Cincinnati Reds who most recently finished in last place of the NL in 1982. The similar streak in the American League is held by the Boston Red Sox who last finished in last place of the AL in 1932.[7]
  • c For lists of all National League pennant winners see National League pennant winners 1876-1900, National League pennant winners 1901-68, and National League Championship Series.
  • d The Finish, Wins, and Losses columns list regular season results and exclude any postseason play. Regular and postseason records are combined only at the bottom of the list.
  • e The GB column lists "Games Back" from the team that finished in first place that season. It is determined by finding the difference in wins plus the difference in losses divided by two.
  • f The dispute in 1885 concerned Game 2, which was forfeited by St. Louis when they pulled their team off the field protesting an umpiring decision. The managers, Cap Anson and Charles Comiskey, initially agreed to disregard the game. When St. Louis won the final game and an apparent 3–2 Series championship, Chicago White Stockings owner Albert Spalding overruled his manager and declared that he wanted the forfeit counted. The result of a tied Series was that neither team got the prize money that had been posted by the owners before the Series (and was returned to them after they both agreed it was a tie).[8]
  • g The Cardinals moved from their original home, Sportsman's Park, to a new field called New Sportsman's Park where they played until 1920. The ballpark would later be named League Park and then Robision Field under different Cardinals ownership.
  • h During the season the Cardinals moved from Robison Field, where they had played since 1893, to become tenants of the St. Louis Browns at Sportsman's Park. The Cardinals had originally played at Sportsman's Park from 1882–1892.
  • i The 1944 World Series was nicknamed the "Streetcar Series" and featured the NL Cardinals against the AL St. Louis Browns. Every game during the series was played at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis.
  • j The Cardinals finished the 1946 regular season tied for first place in the National League with the Brooklyn Dodgers, however the Cardinals claimed the pennant by winning the first two games in a best-of-three playoff series.
  • k The 1946 World Series is best remembered for Enos Slaughter's Mad Dash to score the go-ahead run in the 8th inning of Game 7.
  • l In 1953 the Cardinals were bought by Anheuser-Busch and Gussie Busch became team president, which he would remain until his death in 1989. Busch then purchased Sportsman's Park from the rival St. Louis Browns and renamed it Busch Stadium. The Browns would leave St. Louis after the season for Baltimore, Maryland.
  • m In 1962 the National League increased the schedule from 154 games, which had been established since 1904, to 162 games, where it remains today.
  • n During the season the Cardinals moved from Busch Stadium I, where they had played since 1920 to Busch Memorial Stadium.
  • o In 1969 MLB expanded by 4 teams to 12 in each league and split each league into an East and West division, the Cardinals were placed in the National League East.
  • p The 1972 Major League Baseball strike forced the cancellation of the first seven games (thirteen game-days) of the season.[9]
  • q The 1981 season was shortened by a player's strike. MLB decided to split the season into two halves with the division winner of each half playing in a Divisional Round of the playoffs. The Cardinals finished with the best overall record in the NL East at 59–43, but they finished in second place in both halves of the season and did not make the playoffs.[10]
  • r The 1985 World Series, nicknamed the "Show-Me Series" or "I-70 Series" because it featured two Missouri teams in St. Louis and the Kansas City Royals, is most remembered for The Call in Game 6. With the Cardinals leading the series 3–2 and Game 6 1–0, they took the field in the 9th inning to claim the championship. Pitcher Todd Worrell faced the Royals Jorge Orta first, Orta hit a slow ground ball to first baseman Jack Clark, who flipped the ball to Worrell at first for the apparent out, however umpire Don Denkinger called Orta safe and the Cardinals unraveled to lose Game 6 and got blown out in Game 7.[11]
  • s The 1994 Major League Baseball strike ended the season on August 11 and caused the entire postseason to be cancelled.[12]
  • t In 1994 MLB split each league into 3 divisions. The Cardinals were placed in the newly created National League Central.[13]
  • u In 2001 the Cardinals and the Houston Astros tied for first place in the NL Central. Since both teams were assured of a place in the playoffs, MLB declared it a shared championship. Houston was granted the NL Central's position in the playoff bracket by way of a better head-to-head record and St. Louis was given the Wild Card spot.[14]
  • v The Cardinals began play in the new Busch Stadium in 2006 after 40 years at Busch Memorial Stadium. They became the first team since the 1923 New York Yankees to win the World Series in their first season in a ballpark.
  • z Major League Baseball considers this to be the Cardinals' official all-time record. MLB does not count the years played in the American Association or post-season games towards the official record.

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References[edit]

General

Specific

  1. ^ "Tip O'Neill stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 5 May 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c "Triple Crown winners". Major League Baseball Official Website. Retrieved 5 May 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "MVP winners". Major League Baseball Official Website. Retrieved 5 May 2008. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Rookie of the Year winners". Major League Baseball Official Website. Retrieved 5 May 2008. 
  5. ^ a b c "Cy Young winners". Major League Baseball Official Website. Retrieved 5 May 2008. 
  6. ^ a b "Manager of the Year winners". Major League Baseball Official Website. Retrieved 5 May 2008. 
  7. ^ "National League season-by-season". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved May 8, 2007. 
  8. ^ Jon David Cash, Before They Were Cardinals: Major League Baseball in Nineteenth-Century St. Louis. University of Missouri Press 2002
  9. ^ Morgan, Joe (August 21, 2002). "Strike is no longer necessary". ESPN. Retrieved 2009-03-05. 
  10. ^ "Year in Review - 1981". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved 2008-05-02. 
  11. ^ "1985 World Series". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  12. ^ Zirin, David (August 18, 2004). "The MLB Strike - 25 Years in the Making". Buzzle editorials. Retrieved 2008-05-02. 
  13. ^ "1994 National League". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  14. ^ "2001 St. Louis Cardinals". St. Louis Cardinals Official Website. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 

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