St. Louis Cardinals Opening Day 1976 – Looking at the the Last 50

Friday, April 9, 1976
Busch Stadium II
Attendance: 30,761, Time of Game: 2:11
For the first time in ten years, Bob Gibson is not the opening day pitcher as the Cardinals select Lynn McGlothlen for the honor. The visiting Cubs send Ray Burris to the mound to oppose him.
The Cubs starting lineup batting order:
  • Rick Monday
  • Jose Cardenal
  • Bill Madlock
  • Jerry Morales
  • Andre Thornton
  • Manny Trillo
  • Steve Swisher
  • Dave Rosello
  • Ray Burris

The Cardinals starting lineup batting order:

  • Lou Brock
  • Lance Richards
  • Bake McBride
  • Ted Simmons
  • Reggie Smith
  • Keith Hernandez
  • Hector Cruz
  • Mike Tyson
  • Lynn McGlothlen


The game sees no scoring until the bottom half of the fifth inning when shortstop Mike Tyson leads off with a triple and a one out single by Lou Brock puts the Cardinals in the lead 1-0. The Cardinals again score in the 7th inning as Barney Schultz relieves Burris and Lou Brock singles, Simmons reaches on an error and Reggie Smith doubles one home. Paul Reuschel replaces Schultz and the Cardinals continue with a big hit from Hector Cruz. The Cardinals lead 5-0.
McGlothlen goes the distance as he allows six hits, no runs, walks two and fans two for the complete game victory.
Umpires: HP – Harry Wendelstedt, 1B – Dick Stello, 2B – (none), 3B – Jim Quick.
Time of Game: 2:11.
Attendance: 30,761.
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

History of Cardinals

Over the years we posted a ton of Cardinals history here at CGM. We are now proud to say that we have launched a partner website called "History of Cardinals" over at that we consider the best STL Cardinals history site on the internet. It has year by year history along with a "today in Cardinals history" feature for every single day of the year. If you are a Cardinals history buff -- check out our partner site here.

United Cardinal Bloggers

Cardinals GM is a proud member of the United Cardinal Bloggers group. Click here to visit the UCB.

Baseball Bloggers Alliance

Cardinals GM is a proud member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance. Click here to learn more about the Baseball Bloggers Alliance.