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1984 St. Louis Cardinals
Major league affiliations
1984 information
Owner(s) August "Gussie" Busch
Manager(s) Whitey Herzog
Local television KSDK
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon, Jay Randolph)
Sports Time
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon, Bob Carpenter)
Local radio KMOX
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon, Dan Kelly)


The St. Louis Cardinals 1984 season was the team's 103rd season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 93rd season in the National League. The Cardinals went 84-78 during the season and finished 3rd in the National League East, 12½ games behind their arch-rivals, the Chicago Cubs. It was also the final season of the Columbia blue road uniforms for the Cardinals.



Regular season

Pitcher Joaquín Andújar and shortstop Ozzie Smith won Gold Gloves this year. Bruce Sutter had a then-NL record of 45 saves.

  • June 23, 1984: What turned out to be a key game for the Cubs occurred at Wrigley, with the Cubs facing the rival Cardinals on the nationally televised "Game of the Week". The Cardinals led throughout the game, and led 9-8 going into the bottom of the ninth with closer Bruce Sutter on the mound. Second baseman Ryne Sandberg led off the ninth with a solo home run into the left-field bleachers, tying the game at nine[3]. The following inning, St. Louis regained the lead, and Sutter stayed in the game attempting to close out the win. After the first two batters were retired, Bob Dernier walked, bringing up Sandberg again. He promptly hit another game-tying home run into the left-field bleachers, sending the Wrigley fans into a frenzy[3]. The Cardinals did not score in the top of the 11th, but the Cubs loaded the bases on three walks, then rookie Dave Owen singled in the winning run[4]. Ryne Sandberg had 7 RBI in the game. Henceforth, this game has become known as "The Sandberg Game".

Season standings

Team Wins Losses Win % GB
Chicago Cubs 96 65 .596 0
New York Mets 90 72 .556 6.5
St. Louis Cardinals 84 78 .519 12.5
Philadelphia Phillies 81 81 .500 15.5
Montreal Expos 78 83 .484 18.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 75 87 .463 21.5

Notable transactions

Draft picks


1984 St. Louis Cardinals
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats


Starters by position

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
SS Smith, OzzieOzzie Smith 124 412 106 .257 1 44

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Oberkfell, KenKen Oberkfell 50 152 47 .309 0 11
Braun, SteveSteve Braun 86 98 27 .276 0 16
Lyons, BillBill Lyons 46 73 16 .219 0 3
Iorg, DaneDane Iorg 15 28 4 .143 0 3
Rajsich, GaryGary Rajsich 7 7 1 .143 0 2


Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Andújar, JoaquínJoaquín Andújar 36 261.1 20 14 3.34 147
Cox, DannyDanny Cox 29 156.1 9 11 4.03 70
Ownbey, RickRick Ownbey 4 19 0 3 4.74 11

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Forsch, BobBob Forsch 16 52.1 2 5 6.02 21
Citarella, RalphRalph Citarella 10 22.1 0 1 3.63 15
Dayley, KenKen Dayley 3 5 0 2 18.00 0

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Sutter, BruceBruce Sutter 71 5 7 45 1.54 77
Allen, NeilNeil Allen 57 9 6 3 3.55 66
Von Ohlen, DaveDave Von Ohlen 27 1 0 1 3.12 19

Awards and honors

League top ten finishers

  • Joaquín Andújar, National League Leader, Wins (20)
  • Joaquín Andújar, National League Leader, Innings Pitched (261)
  • Joaquín Andújar, National League Leader, Shutouts (4)

Farm system

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





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