1984 St. Louis Cardinals season

1984 St. Louis Cardinals
Major League affiliations
Record 84–78 (.519)
Divisional place 3rd
Other information
Owner(s) August "Gussie" Busch
General manager(s) Joe McDonald
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)
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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] Willie McGee hit for the cycle and had 6 RBI but Ryne Sandberg had 7 RBI in the game. Henceforth, this game has become known as "The Sandberg Game".

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago Cubs 9665 0.596 51–29 45–36
New York Mets 9072 0.556 48–33 42–39
St. Louis Cardinals 8478 0.519 12½ 44–37 40–41
Philadelphia Phillies 8181 0.500 15½ 39–42 42–39
Montreal Expos 7883 0.484 18 39–42 39–41
Pittsburgh Pirates 7587 0.463 21½ 41–40 34–47

Record vs. opponents

1984 National League Records

Atlanta 3–913–512–66–125–74–87–58–47–1110–85–7
Chicago 9–37–56–67–510–712–69–98–106–69–313–5
Cincinnati 5–135–78–107–117–53–95–77–57–1112–64–8
Houston 6–126–610–89–97–54–86–66–66–1212–68–4
Los Angeles 12–65–77–119–96–63–93–94–810–810–86–6
Montreal 7–57–105–75–76–67–1111–77–117–57–59–9
New York 8–46–129–38–49–311–710–812–66–64–87–11
Philadelphia 5-79–97–56–69–37–118–107–117–58–48–10
Pittsburgh 4–810–85–76–68–411–76–1211–74–86–64–14
San Diego 11–76–611–712–68–105–76–65–78–413–57–5
San Francisco 8–103–96–126–128–105–78–44–86–65–137–5
St. Louis 7–55–138–44–86–69–911–710–814–45–75–7

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
SSOzzie Smith124412106.257144

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Ken Oberkfell5015247.309011
Steve Braun869827.276016
Bill Lyons467316.21903
Dane Iorg15284.14303
Gary Rajsich771.14302


Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Joaquín Andújar36261.120143.34147
Danny Cox29156.19114.0370
Rick Ownbey419034.7411

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bob Forsch1652.1256.0221
Ralph Citarella1022.1013.6315
Ken Dayley350218.000

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Bruce Sutter7157451.5477
Neil Allen579633.5566
Dave Von Ohlen271013.1219

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
A-Short Season Erie Cardinals New York–Penn League Rich Hacker
Rookie Johnson City Cardinals Appalachian League Chuck Hiller



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