St. Louis Cardinals Opening Day 1980- Looking at the Last 50

Thursday, April 10, 1980
Busch Stadium II
Attendance: 42,867, Time of Game: 1:51
Did you see the time of this game? It was under two hours!
Here is the starting line-up for the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Omar Moreno
  • Tim Foli
  • Dave Parker
  • Willie Stargell
  • John Milner
  • Bill Madlock
  • Ed Ott
  • Phil Garner
  • Bert Blyleven

Here is the starting line-up for the St. Louis Cardinals

 

  • Garry Templeton
  • Ken Oberkfell
  • Keith Hernandez
  • Ted Simmons
  • Bobby Bonds
  • George Hendrick
  • Tony Scott
  • Ken Reitz
  • Pete Vuckovich

This game went fast as only one run was scored in the entire game. In the 4th inning Bobby Bonds got a one out walk followed by a RBI double from Keith Hernandez and that is all the Cardinals needed.

Vuckovich threw a complete game allowing 3 hits and fanning nine for the game but it wasn’t easy in the 9th as the Pirates lead off with a single, walk, wild pitch and then he fanned Foli, Parker and Stargell to end the game.

Season Notes:

During the regular season the 1980 St. Louis Cardinals scored the most runs (16) on August 11, 1980 versus the Montreal Expos. The most runs scored against them (16) was played on April 22, 1980 versus the Chicago Cubs.

The 1980 St. Louis Cardinals played 162 games during the regular season, won 74 games, lost 88 games, and finished in fourth position. They played their home games at Busch Stadium where 1,385,147 fans witnessed their 1980 Cardinals finish the season with a .457 winning percentage.

Most Games by Position

C Ted Simmons (129)
1B Keith Hernandez (157)
2B Ken Oberkfell (101)
3B Ken Reitz (150)
SS Garry Templeton (115)
LF Bobby Bonds (70)
CF Tony Scott (134)
RF George Hendrick (120)

SP Bob Forsch
SP Silvio Martinez
SP Bob Sykes
SP Pete Vuckovich

RP George Frazier
RP Don Hood
RP Jim Otten
RP Kim Seaman
RP Roy Thomas
RP John Urrea
CL John Littlefield

 

SALARIES

Keith Hernandez $760,000.00
George Hendrick $333,000.00
Darold Knowles $102,500.00
Joe DeSa $30,000.00
Leon Durham $30,000.00
George Frazier $30,000.00
John Fulgham $30,000.00
Tom Herr $30,000.00
Terry Kennedy $30,000.00
Tito Landrum $30,000.00
Jim Lentine $30,000.00
Jeff Little $30,000.00
John Littlefield $30,000.00
John Martin $30,000.00
Al Olmsted $30,000.00
Mike Ramsey $30,000.00
Andy Rincon $30,000.00
Kim Seaman $30,000.00
Ty Waller $30,000.00

 

The St. Louis Cardinals 1980 season was the team’s 99th season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 89th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 74-88 during the season and finished fourth in the National League East, 17 games behind the eventual NL pennant and World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies.
The Cardinals played the season under four different managers, Ken Boyer (fired June 8 between games of a double-header against the Expos in Montreal), Jack Krol (the second game of the double-header that same day), Whitey Herzog (June 9 until he was hired as the team’s general manager in late August, succeeding John Claiborne, who was fired earlier in August) and Red Schoendienst (from late August to end of season). After the season, Herzog reclaimed the managerial job.
This team set a record for the most Silver Slugger Award winners in one season: Keith Hernández (first base), Garry Templeton (shortstop), George Hendrick (outfielder), Ted Simmons (catcher), and Bob Forsch (pitcher).[1] Hernández also won a Gold Glove.

NOTABLE TRANSACTIONS
April 2, 1980: Roger Freed was released by the Cardinals.
April 7, 1980: Jeff Little was signed as a free agent with the Cardinals.
April 30, 1980: Pedro Borbón was signed as a free agent with the Cardinals.
April 30, 1980: Jim Kaat was purchased by the Cardinals from the New York Yankees.
May 9, 1980: Darold Knowles was released by the Cardinals.
May 27, 1980: Pedro Borbón was released by the Cardinals.
June 2, 1980: Jim Lentine was traded by the Cardinals to the Detroit Tigers for Al Greene and John Martin.
June 3, 1980: Dan Plesac was drafted by the Cardinals in the 2nd round of the 1980 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign.