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1986 St. Louis Cardinals
Major league affiliations
1986 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)


The St. Louis Cardinals 1986 season was the team's 105th season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 95th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 79-82 during the season and finished 3rd in the National League East division.



Regular season

Pitcher Todd Worrell won the Rookie of the Year Award this year, with a 2.08 ERA and 36 saves. This was the second consecutive year a Cardinal won the Rookie of the Year Award, with Vince Coleman winning the previous season, and the second time in team history that the Cardinals had two consecutive NL Rookie of the Year winners (Wally Moon in 1954 and Bill Virdon in 1955). Shortstop Ozzie Smith and outfielder Willie McGee won Gold Gloves this year.


Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB
New York Mets 108 54 .667 --
Philadelphia Phillies 86 75 .534 21.5
St. Louis Cardinals 79 82 .491 28.5
Montreal Expos 78 83 .484 29.5
Chicago Cubs 70 90 .438 37
Pittsburgh Pirates 64 98 .395 44

Opening Day starters

Notable transactions

  • April 1, 1986: Brian Harper was released by the Cardinals.[10]
  • April 11, 1986: Ray Burris was signed as a free agent by the Cardinals.[11]
  • June 12, 1986: Jerry White was released by the Cardinals.[4]
  • July 19, 1986: César Cedeño was signed as a free agent by the Cardinals.[12]
  • July 24, 1986: Steve Lake was signed as a free agent by the Cardinals.[13]
  • August 10, 1986: Mike Heath was traded by the Cardinals to the Detroit Tigers for Ken Hill and a player to be named later. The Tigers completed the deal by sending Mike Laga to the Cardinals on September 2.[14]
  • August 27, 1986: Ray Burris was released by the St. Louis Cardinals. [11]


1986 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 153 514 144 .280 0 54
CF McGee, WillieWillie McGee 124 497 127 .256 7 48

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Hurdle, ClintClint Hurdle 78 154 30 .195 3 15
Heath, MikeMike Heath 65 190 39 .205 4 25
Knicely, AlanAlan Knicely 34 82 16 .195 1 6
Lindeman, JimJim Lindeman 19 55 14 .255 1 6
White, JerryJerry White 25 24 3 .125 1 3
Manrique, FredFred Manrique 13 17 3 .176 1 1


Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Conroy, TimTim Conroy 25 115.1 5 11 5.23 79

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Ownbey, RickRick Ownbey 17 42.2 1 3 3.80 25

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Bargar, GregGreg Bargar 22 0 2 0 5.60 12

Awards and honors

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Louisville Redbirds American Association Jim Fregosi and Dave Bialas
AA Arkansas Travelers Texas League Jim Riggleman
A St. Petersburg Cardinals Florida State League Dave Bialas, Marty Mason and Mike Jorgensen
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

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: St. Petersburg[16]




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